Partnering for Heritage Preservation in Flagstaff, Jamaica

Author(s): David Ingleman; Nicole Ferguson; Michael Shaw

Year: 2016


In 2015, archaeologists and community members in Flagstaff, Jamaica cooperatively excavated the site of a 19th-century British married soldier’s quarters, located in the former Maroon Town Barracks. Little is known about the identities of the soldiers who occupied these structures, and even less is known about the identities of their wives and families. The excavations sought to understand how the site’s former inhabitants enacted and contested their ethnic and gender identities through the use of material culture. The excavation,which was performed to mitigate impacts to the site, by the proposed Flagstaff Community Centre, was sponsored by local community organizations, supported by an international coalition, and open to the public. This paper will introduce the community of Flagstaff, the history of the site, the processes of coalition building, creative fundraising, and participatory excavation and analysis, as well as summarize preliminary results.

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Partnering for Heritage Preservation in Flagstaff, Jamaica. David Ingleman, Nicole Ferguson, Michael Shaw. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434703)

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

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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