Community Archaeology at the St. John's River Site, Grenada

Author(s): Jonathan Hanna; Michael Jessamy

Year: 2016


The St. John’s River site is an early Late Ceramic Age settlement on Grenada’s west coast, largely destroyed by the expansion of a public cemetery, stadium, and bridge. The St. George’s Community Archaeology Project (SGCAP) was a summer program developed to engage young people and community members in the investigation and preservation of the remaining areas of the site. During the summers of 2011 and 2012, surface collection, shovel testing, and four excavation pits were implemented. The artifacts recovered fit mostly within the Troumassoid period typology (AD 600-900), though local pastes, tempers, and paint combinations were observed for the ceramics. This paper summarizes the work of SGCAP and presents a template for a community-based approach that is now being applied to the heavily looted site of Pearls, Grenada.

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Community Archaeology at the St. John's River Site, Grenada. Jonathan Hanna, Michael Jessamy. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404512)

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min long: -90.747; min lat: 3.25 ; max long: -48.999; max lat: 27.683 ;