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Analysis of Mollusks from the Slave Village at Betty’s Hope, Antigua, British West Indies

Author(s): Alexis K Ohman

Year: 2016

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Since 2007, excavations at Betty’s Hope plantation have yielded a large amount of faunal material from a variety of contexts on the site: the Great House, Service Quarters, Rum Distillery, and Slave Village. The faunal analysis has begun for the Great House and Service Quarters contexts by focusing on the fish and mollusks in order to ascertain the roles of local vs. nonlocal/imported resources and their incorporation into English foodways at Betty’s Hope. Excavations in the Slave Village began in 2014, and the ongoing faunal analysis will include this important contrast. This paper will discuss the role of local tropical mollusks in three distinct, class-defined contexts to demonstrate both the variety of mollusks utilized at Betty’s Hope plantation, their incorporation into diet, nonfood uses of those mollusks, and the daily role of acquiring local  tropical resources for those who lived in the Great House, Service Quarters, and the Slave Village.

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Analysis of Mollusks from the Slave Village at Betty’s Hope, Antigua, British West Indies. Alexis K Ohman. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434804)


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

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PaperId(s): 918

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