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"Back to the Soil": Community Archaeology and Heritage Tourism in Eleuthera, Bahamas

Author(s): Whitney Battle-Baptiste ; Elizabeth Chilton ; Elena Sesma

Year: 2016

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Over the past several decades there has been a great deal of archaeological excavation and analysis of both U.S. and Caribbean plantations. However, many of these research projects are designed to address archaeological research questions rather than some of the pressing problems faced by descendant communities concerning their heritage. In 1994, UNESCO launched their “Slave Route” project, with the aim of “contributing to a better understanding of the causes, forms of operation, issues and consequences of slavery,” and to “highlight the global transformation and interactions that resulted from this history.” Few archaeological studies in the Caribbean or the U.S. have focused on these critical, global questions. In this poster we outline a research project that was initiated by descendants of slaves brought to Eleuthera as part of the 18th-19th C Ann Millars Plantation. These families continued to occupy the plantation area well after the post-emancipation period and there continues to be a lasting connection between those original families and contemporary communities. Under the auspices of the Center for Heritage & Society at UMass Amherst, this archaeological project will be an important centerpiece for the ongoing project on heritage and sustainable development on the island.

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"Back to the Soil": Community Archaeology and Heritage Tourism in Eleuthera, Bahamas. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Elizabeth Chilton, Elena Sesma. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404344) ; doi:10.6067/XCV85M67GH


Spatial Coverage

min long: -90.747; min lat: 3.25 ; max long: -49.021; max lat: 27.673 ;

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  Name Size Creation Date Date Uploaded Access
Back-to-the-Soil-distribution-copy.pdf 85.10kb Apr 5, 2016 May 12, 2016 12:19:44 PM Public
Text of poster session with citations
Back-to-the-Soil---poster-PDF.pdf 34.72mb Apr 5, 2016 May 12, 2016 12:19:44 PM Public
PDF of poster
Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America