Excavation of enslaved burial ground in the Caribbean

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Location: F. D. Roosevelt Airport, Sint Eustatius, Caribbean

Season: April 20, 2021 to June 23, 2021

Session Dates: April 20 - June 23, 2021

Application Deadline: March 10, 2021

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:

RPA Certified:

St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research

Project Director:
Ruud Stelten, Ph.D.

Project Description:

In late 2020, during test trenching, the St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research (SECAR) discovered an 18th-century burial ground of enslaved Africans at a colonial-period sugar plantation on St. Eustatius in the Dutch Caribbean. SECAR is planning on excavating this burial ground completely, before planned development in the area takes place.

The fieldwork will take place from April 20 – June 23, 2021. SECAR is currently looking for students and volunteers to help on this excavation. Applicants need to be available for the full duration of the fieldwork. Extensive field experience is required, and a background in osteology/forensics is beneficial.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work on a beautiful Caribbean island for 9 weeks, excavating a very interesting and unique site alongside a number of specialists. All expenses will be covered, including flights to and from the island, accommodation, and a per diem.

For more information and to apply, please send your CV to


Period(s) of Occupation: 18th century

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 9 weeks

Minimum Age: 21

Experience Required: Fieldwork experience, osteology/forensics

Room and Board Arrangements:
Provided, at the Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute

Contact Information:

Ruud Stelten

Phone: +31642311256

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