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The Abbey of Pedro Mártir de Anglería – Excavation, Reconstruction and Conservation of an Early 16th Century Ecclesiastical Structure in Jamaica

Author(s): Robyn P Woodward

Year: 2016

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Summary

Christianity anchored the material practices and social institutions of the Spanish settlers in the New World and while Christian friars undoubted arrived in Jamaica with the initial group of settlers in 1509, the Jamaican abbacy was not formally founded until 1515. The ecclesiastical authorities used temporary thatch and wood structures for worship at the capital of Sevilla la Nueva until funds were provided for the construction of a stone church in 1524.  The abbey however, was not quite complete when the settlement was abandoned in 1534.

 

The abbey was excavated in 2014 and the site was stabilized and curated in 2015. This poster will examine the design and construction of the abbey at Sevilla la Nueva, as well methods used to conserve and curate the structure for visitors. 


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The Abbey of Pedro Mártir de Anglería – Excavation, Reconstruction and Conservation of an Early 16th Century Ecclesiastical Structure in Jamaica. Robyn P Woodward. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434869)


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Canada North America


Spatial Coverage

min long: -141.003; min lat: 41.684 ; max long: -52.617; max lat: 83.113 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 699

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