Caribbean Colonialism and Space Archaeology

Author(s): John Chenoweth; Mark Salvatore; Laura Bossio

Year: 2017


The analysis of high-resolution satellite imagery to aid archaeological understanding, or "Space Archaeology" as it is sometimes called, presents a largely untapped set of methodologies for historical archaeological work.  This project makes use of Normalized Differential Vegetation Indexes (NDVI) calculated on high-resolution satellite images of the British Virgin Islands.  These data are combined with historic maps to analyze the different productive potentials of different plantations and parts of former plantation sites, including the site of Kingstown, British Virgin Islands, home to a group of free Africans settled there by the British Government in the 1830s.  The technological analysis of the landscape suggests some of the impacts of colonial authorities’ ideas about "proper" farming behavior, possible adaptations by the Kingstown people, and the complexities of plantation life without slavery.

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Caribbean Colonialism and Space Archaeology. John Chenoweth, Mark Salvatore, Laura Bossio. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435135)


Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 365