The Ruins of a Plantation-Era Landscape: Using LiDAR and Pedestrian Survey to Locate Montserrat’s 17th-19th Century Colonial Past.

Summary

The Caribbean island of Montserrat’s historic and prehistoric cultural history is threatened by volcanic activity, modern development, and the natural processes accompanying mountainous, tropical environments.  Survey and Landscape Archaeology on Montserrat (SLAM) aims to document the nature and location of archaeological sites to inform our understanding of the island’s colonial landscape.  Because many areas are not easily accessible, SLAM conducted a hybrid survey process utilizing LiDAR imagery to direct pedestrian survey through fifteen zones within the Centre Hills.  By combining archival investigation with SLAM’s survey results, this poster explores the topographic and cultural landscapes of two 17th-19th century sites noteworthy for their standing stone structures, building foundations, and landscape modifications to discuss what each may suggest about Montserrat’s historic physical and cultural landscapes. 

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The Ruins of a Plantation-Era Landscape: Using LiDAR and Pedestrian Survey to Locate Montserrat’s 17th-19th Century Colonial Past.. Brendan Doucet, Athena I Zissis, John F. Cherry, Krysta Ryzewski. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434878)

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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): 870