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Recreating the Bahamian Plantation Landscape: Charles Farquharson's Prospect Hill Plantation archeaology and historical insights

Author(s): John D. Burton

Year: 2013

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This paper will examine the construction of the plantation landscape drawing on both extent archaeological remains and documentary record for the plantation.  Charles Farquharson's Prospect Hill plantation is one of the most studied sites in The Bahamas.  Farquharson has the distinction of being the only out-island planter who left a diary from the plantation period, an important historical source for understanding plantation life.  In addition to the textual record for the plantation, however, DePaul University has spent two seasons at the site completing a site survey and excavation.  Based on both the archaological and textual resources, a better understanding of Bahamian plantations emerges.  In particular, how the combined influences of the planter, in this case of Scottish ancestory, and the slaves created and formed the landscape.  


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Recreating the Bahamian Plantation Landscape: Charles Farquharson's Prospect Hill Plantation archeaology and historical insights. John D. Burton. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428343)


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Temporal Keywords
Nineteenth Century


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 463

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America