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The Three Phases of Sans Souci: Geophysical Survey and Archaeological Testing at the Palace of Henry Christophe, Haiti

Author(s): James Monroe ; Katie Simon

Year: 2016

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Summary

The royal palace of Sans Souci anchored elite attempts to inculcate royal power and authority in the Kingdom of Haiti, a fledgling state that emerged out of the turmoil of the Haitian Revolution. Despite the role this site has played in the production of historical memory in Haiti, negligible archaeological work has been carried out to study building chronology and the organization of space at Sans Souci. In the summer of 2015, an international team from the University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of Arkansas, and the Université d’Etat Haiti, in partnership with the Institut de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine National, Haiti, initiated minimally invasive geophysical survey and archaeological testing across the site with this goal in mind. This paper introduces the preliminary results from this field season, couched within a discussion of the spatiality of power in Henry Christophe’s Kingdom of Haiti.


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The Three Phases of Sans Souci: Geophysical Survey and Archaeological Testing at the Palace of Henry Christophe, Haiti. James Monroe, Katie Simon. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434704)


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Temporal Keywords
19th-Century


Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 352

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