Settlement Orginization at Sugarloaf Estate

Author(s): Khadene Harris; Alan Armstrong; Mark Hauser

Year: 2015


This paper is a summary of the ongoing analysis of artifacts and spatial data recovered from the enslaved quarters of the Sugarloaf Estate in northern Dominica. The enslaved village associated with the estate was established sometime before 1771 and abandoned in 1834 after a violent hurricane destroyed much of the village and left at least 3 dead. Initial interpretations of the landscape have emphasized symmetry, optics, and relationships of power. Yet such interpretations are premised on a short period of construction. With its shorter occupation and abrupt abandonment, we are able to scrutinize the villages’ chronology closely to further our understanding how such ideas of control and symmetry shaped the material lives of Sugarloaf's enslaved population. To that end, our project works in conjunction with the DRC Initiative to both catalogue and analyze data already collected in an effort to compare Sugarloaf with sites that had shorter term occupations.

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Settlement Orginization at Sugarloaf Estate. Khadene Harris, Alan Armstrong, Mark Hauser. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433736)

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Sugar Plantation

Geographic Keywords
Canada North America

Temporal Keywords
18th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -141.003; min lat: 41.684 ; max long: -52.617; max lat: 83.113 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 606