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Archeology and Public Education: Uncovering the Stories of the Virgin Islands National Park

Author(s): Ken Wild

Year: 2016

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The Virgin Islands National Park encompasses over half of the island of St. John hundreds of acres of submerged lands, and most of Hassel Island located in the harbor of St. Thomas. Within the park's boundaries are prehistoric sites along every beach, and hundreds of historic structures that make up a complex landscape of archaeological sites that date from the 840 BCE through the 19th century. Sites include over a hundred plantations, fortifications, epidemic hospitals, battlefields, and maritime sites such as shipwrecks coaling stations and marine slipways. Over the last eighteen years the Virgin Islands National Park has partnered with many Universities, non-profit organizations and the community in its efforts to grasp a greater understanding of these resources, their preservation, and educational opportunities. This paper highlights these partnerships, the development of an archeological education center, and this complex landscape with historic stories that help shape and preserve the island's heritage.


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Archeology and Public Education: Uncovering the Stories of the Virgin Islands National Park. Ken Wild. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434582)


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