Post Emancipation Material Culture and Housing on St. Kitts, West Indies

Author(s): Todd H. Ahlman

Year: 2018

Summary

The post emancipation period in the British Caribbean (post-1834) represented a drastic change for the formerly enslaved Africans on St. Kitts’ sugar plantations as they faced new challenges in their freedom.  This paper presents ceramic and housing data from two structures occupied from the late seventeenth century until the 1850s. Focusing on the period 1800 to 1850, ceramic types and frequencies indicate changes in the acquisition of European ceramics from the era of slavery to the post emancipation period. There is a consistent acquisition of Afro-Caribbean wares over this same time period. Changes are also apparent in the post emancipation housing where it appears the occupants of one structure built a new building reflecting their lack of land ownership.

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Post Emancipation Material Culture and Housing on St. Kitts, West Indies. Todd H. Ahlman. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441440)

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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): 242