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Deterioration of Historic Structures on Barbuda, West Indies

Author(s): David R. Watters

Year: 2015

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Summary

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)


Keywords

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

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