Bermuda in Microcosm: The Smiths Island Archaeology Project, 1610-2014

Author(s): Michael J. Jarvis

Year: 2015


Building on MRB3's dedication to comparative colonial archaeology, the SIAP incorporates 22 terrestrial sites and adjoining waters to investigate Bermuda's changing history and Atlantic integration across four centuries . Fieldwork since 2010 has uncovered Bermuda's earliest home (timber-frame, c. 1615 to c. 1714), a maritime quarantine building, a cave site, an 18th c. doctor's home, a c. 1759 whale processing complex, several quarries, limekilns, and docks, a small enslaved/free black settlement, four additional house sites, and extensive evidence of 1970s commericial hydroponic farming. We are also searching for Bermuda's first farmstead (1610-1612) and capital, which was briefly located on Smiths Island in August 1612. Collectively, these sites illuminate aspects of Bermuda's agricultural, maritime, medical, military, and economic past and holistically reveal the cultural activities of white, black, and Native American men, women, and children residing in Bermuda.

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Bermuda in Microcosm: The Smiths Island Archaeology Project, 1610-2014. Michael J. Jarvis. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433878)


Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 157