Barbados Historical Archaeology Field Program

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Barbados Historical Archaeology Field Program
Barbados Historical Archaeology Field Program

Location: Barbados

Season Dates: July 3, 2014 - August 3, 2014
Application Deadline: February 3, 2014


Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: College of William and Mary

Project Director: Frederick H. Smith

Project Description

The Barbados Historical Archaeology Field Program examines life in early colonial Barbados. Since 2007 students from the College of William and Mary have conducted archaeological investigations at St. Nicholas Abbey sugar plantation in St. Peter, Barbados. Established in the 1650s, St. Nicholas Abbey is one of the oldest sugar estates in the island and its great house is one of the oldest standing structures in Barbados. We use archaeological evidence to shed light on the lives of the many people who lived and worked at St. Nicholas Abbey over the past 350 years. We have conducted excavations around the great house and outbuildings to understand the lives of the planters and plantation managers. We have also located at least two of the estate’s slave villages. The program will run from July 3 through August 3rd and participants will receive 6 credits from the College of William and Mary. Applications are due February 3rd, 2014. For more information about the program please contact Frederick H. Smith at and visit the website listed below

Period(s) of Occupation: Historical-Colonial

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No

Room and Board Arrangements

Participants will stay in dorm-styled housing at the University of the West Indies

Academic Credit
Name of institution offering credit: College of William and Mary
Number of credits offered: 6
Tuition: TBD

Contact Information
Frederick Smith
College of William and Mary, Dept of Anthropology
Williamsburg, Va 23187-8795
Phone: 757-221-1063

Recommended Bibliography

Smith, Frederick, (2008), The Archaeology of Alcohol and Drinking, (Gainesville: University Press of Florida).

Smith, Frederick, (2005) Caribbean Rum: A Social and Economic History, (Gainesville: University press of Florida).

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