Deterioration of Historic Structures on Barbuda, West Indies

Author(s): David R. Watters

Year: 2015


Three and a half decades have passed since the author first observed the historic structures of Barbuda, a low-lying limestone island in the northern Lesser Antilles.  Natural and cultural processes, ranging from hurricanes to stone-robbing, have transformed these buildings, resulting in their structural integrity being compromised.  In many cases, architectural features that were observed as recently as twenty years ago no longer are extant because of the degree of deterioration.  Preserving and making accessible previous architectural and archaeological documentation has become imperative, because such film and paper archives in the future will provide the best (and in some cases the only) sources of visual and metrical data available.  Barbuda's historic preservation issues are mirrored elsewhere in the Caribbean by analogous problems.

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Deterioration of Historic Structures on Barbuda, West Indies. David R. Watters. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434220)


Temporal Keywords
Colonial Era

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 91