An Analysis of the Slave Village site at St. Nicholas Abbey

Author(s): Camille L. Chambers; Frederick Smith

Year: 2015


Established in the 1600s, St. Nicholas Abbey is a sugar plantation that has been preserved as a historical site in Barbados. In 2007, excavations led by Dr. Fredrick Smith revealed the location of a slave village. Excavations from the 2014 summer field season were conducted to establish the physical and temporal boundaries of the site. Artifacts from both the 2007 and 2014 excavations were cataloged into the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS). The DAACS cataloging of these artifacts will further facilitate the broader dissertation research of Sean Devlin and Stephanie Bergman at St. Nicholas Abbey. Artifacts date from the late 1700s to the late 1800s; encompassing the transitional period between slavery, emancipation, and tenantry. As part of the DAACS Research Consortium, an analysis of the excavations, artifacts, and history of Barbados will present an understanding of the changing lives of the people living and working on the plantation.   

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An Analysis of the Slave Village site at St. Nicholas Abbey. Camille L. Chambers, Frederick Smith. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433724)

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

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