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Contemporary Archaeology of the Recent Soufrière Hills Volcanic Eruptions on Montserrat (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Miriam Rothenberg.

This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. In July of 1995, the Soufrière Hills volcano began a series of eruptions that would fundamentally alter the communities and landscapes of the small Caribbean island of Montserrat. By the turn of the millennium, two-thirds of the island had been abandoned or destroyed, and a comparable proportion of the population had relocated abroad. This paper presents the...


"I Don't Know Where I'm a-Gonna Go When the Volcano Blow": Resettlement, Diaspora, and the Landscapes of Montserrat’s Volcanic Exclusion Zone (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Miriam A. W. Rothenberg.

On July 18th, 1995, after centuries of relative quiet, Montserrat's Soufrière Hills volcano suddenly and violently sprang to life. The months that followed saw a series of evacuations of the southern portions of the island due to the volcanic threat, rendering this landscape—including the capital town of Plymouth—an abandoned 'Exclusion Zone'. By 2000, the majority of the island's population had left more or less permanently, many for the United Kingdom. Those who stayed faced the challenge of...


Ignored by Some, Remembered by All: Challenges of Disaster Archaeology of the Great Famine (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Katherine Shakour.

This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Archaeologists have explored disasters throughout the discipline’s history, and these calamitous events range from volcanic eruptions, floods, earthquakes and more. The material footprint of the Irish famine presents a challenge to archaeologists investigating disasters. Further, famine-era sites are from the nineteenth century, a time not protected under...


Life after Sugar: an Archaeology of the First Generation Post-emancipation in St. Peter’s Parish, Montserrat (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Krysta Ryzewski. John F. Cherry. Laura McAtackney.

In the first generation after emancipation Montserrat and its residents experienced exceptional difficulties. As the society transitioned from a sugar-based economy, former slaves, estate owners, and colonial authorities collectively struggled with the devastating effects of man-made and natural disasters, including a major earthquake in 1843, and a wide range of social, economic, and legal problems. This paper examines archaeological and historical evidence from St Peter’s Parish, the...


A Lot Harder Than It Looks: Conservation Of A Worst Case Scenario (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Andrew Fearon. Christopher P. Morris.

Piecing together and conserving weathered timber skeletons of shipwrecks is a daunting undertaking in the best of circumstances. But, when those timbers are ripped from their resting place during a massive construction project, displaced, left exposed to the elements and general public, for weeks before being locked away, untreated, in storage for over a year, that undertaking can become a near impossible challenge. In the flurry of massive multi-agency infrastructure projects undertaken to...


Mitigating Hurricane Risk in Colonial St. Augustine, Florida (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Sarah Taylor. Carl Halbirt.

This poster explores hurricane risk mitigation in colonial St. Augustine, Florida, from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The city was primarily under Spanish rule during these centuries, although brief British and American periods are also represented. While St. Augustine is not a hurricane hot spot it does suffer occasional blows. Its waterfront location and the importance of shipping and fishing to the local economy made the town vulnerable to hurricane-associated wind and flooding....


South Carolina Archaeological Archive Flood Recovery Project (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Meg Gaillard.

Following the 2015 flood event that affected the Carolinas from October 1-5, 2015, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Heritage Trust Program archaeologists, along with volunteers, student and professional archaeologists worked to recover artifacts, photographs, and documents located in a facility next to Gills Creek in Columbia, SC. The entirety of the archive was inundated with flood water. Learn about the disaster recovery methods used and lessons learned from this catastrophic...


Water Wars: The St. Francis Dam Disaster and Resource Competition in the American West (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only James Snead. Ann Stansell.

Euro-American experience in the western states has been profoundly shaped by the fight for resources, among which water ranks extremely high. Traditional histories of such struggles focus on policy, macroeconomics, and large-scale social transformation. Historical archaeology, in contrast, offers the opportunity to emphasize the quotidian manifestations of these conflicts, particularly as they shaped the lives (and deaths) of local residents. Current fieldwork conducted by California State...