Location: Antigua and Barbuda
Betty's Hope will be in its ninth year in 2015, and the 2015 field season promises to be an exciting summer as we combine joint excavations at two separate but closely-related locations: a slave village at Betty’s Hope Plantation, and the bioarchaeological excavations of a nearby 18th-century burial ground for British sailors. As a former British colony, these excavations will allow us to see the important links between the sugar plantations and the protection of those interests. Students will have a full excavation experience working at one or both sites, gaining practical hands-on experience in professional field excavation of a slave village at Betty’s Hope and learning current field methodologies in bioarchaeology at the nearby beach site. For additional information, applicants are encouraged to watch the BBC 4 broadcast on You Tube: Nelson's Hell Hole at: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Nelson%27s+Hell+Hole
The New York Times, Nov. 7, 2015: Seeing the Whole of Antigua: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/travel/seeing-the-whole-of-antigua.htm...
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Our research questions concern multiple lines of inquiry, including: slave life and the African Diaspora, spatial and human dynamics on the landscape, daily life, and the impacts on diet, health, and human existence caught up in the powerful forces of the Atlantic trade. This was fueled by the desire for sugar, a luxury commodity that profoundly affected the island, its peoples, and ecology, and was integral in the Atlantic World of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Field School Activities
Betty’s Hope is an award-winning field school as designated by the American Anthropological Association and the Register of Professional Archaeologists. The field school was developed to provide hands-on professional training in archaeological field work. Students will be trained in:
Field school students will be assigned weekly readings that pertain to Caribbean colonial history and the methodologies of historical archaeology.
Period(s) of Occupation: Historical archaeology, British Colonial, 17th-19th centuries.
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
Weekdays will comprise field work, Monday through Friday. Students will also have the opportunity to hear evening lectures on Antigua’s prehistory and history. Weekends will be devoted to field trips, exploring the island’s rich geography and history, points of interest, and trips to Antigua's lovely beaches. Participating in the field school will allow students to experience contemporary Caribbean culture and cuisine. Credit and non-credit options are available; both include room and board, insurance, and ground transportation. Accommodations and meals are provided by the field school. Living accommodations will be in comfortable guest houses that are fully furnished and located in the quiet residential area of historic Nelson's Dockyard National Park at English Harbor. The houses are set on a hillside, and are cool and spacious, with adequate workspaces and a great scenic view of the sea. Three delicious meals a day are provided by our own fabulous cook. Everyone will meet at the main house for meals. All meals are varied and well balanced. Breakfast is light - fresh fruit, cereal, and toast; Lunch is a brown bag sandwich affair to be eaten in the field during the week, with a warm lunch being served on weekends; Dinner is a full hot meal. Meals can be supplemented with snacks that are available at local shops. Students are not permitted to cook in the accommodations houses. All students will be expected to assist with kitchen duties on a rotational basis. If you have dietary restrictions, please contact Dr. Fox.
Dyde, Brian. 2000. A History of Antigua. New York, MacMillan Education, Ltd.
Mintz, Sydney W. 1985. Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History. New York: Penguin Books.
Parker, Matthew. 2011. The Sugar Barons. Walker & Co., New York.
Singleton, Theresa. 1985. Archaeology of Slavery and Plantation Life. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.