From Theory to Real Life applications: Citizen Science in Heritage and Sustainability in Barbuda

Author(s): Sophia Perdikaris

Year: 2015


The small sister island of Antigua, Barbuda, has been the center of archaeological and paleoenvironmental investigations over the last nine years. Archaeological presence on the island has progressed from seasonal projects with some local volunteers to the creation of two museums and a research center with a permanent presence on the island. This transition assisted in the founding of the first ever NGO on island, The Barbuda Research Complex focusing on research, heritage, education, preservation, conservation and sustainability. This year the historical site of Highland House became the focal point of heritage activity, where university faculty and students funded through grants were joint by a team of local participants that were financed through the local government, Dept. of Labour. Heritage work brings a proactive approach to addressing issues generated by the anthropocene and empowers citizens in better connecting with their past, taking charge of discoveries and innovations as well as incorporating science in solution based approach for the future.

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From Theory to Real Life applications: Citizen Science in Heritage and Sustainability in Barbuda. Sophia Perdikaris. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395879)


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