The State of Research in the Underwater Archaeology of Saint-Pierre, Martinique, (FWI)

Summary

Saint-Pierre, Martinique has been considered the Pompeii of the West Indies. The entire city is an archaeological site sealed by the 1902 Mount Pelée eruption. Its bay is also a shipwreck graveyard due to the disaster. Since the discovery of these shipwrecks in the 1970s, archaeological research beginning in the 1990s has demonstrated the archaeological potential of these sites. Recent research conducted on the port’s dump and the Guinguette Wreck, linked with the earlier chronology, shed light on the maritime activities and commercial exchange with the Atlantic region from the beginning of the 18th century to the end of the 19thcentury.

This paper will provide an overview of the underwater archaeological research conducted in Saint-Pierre to date.

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The State of Research in the Underwater Archaeology of Saint-Pierre, Martinique, (FWI). Jean-Sébastien Guibert, Max Guérout, Laurence Serra, Marc Guillaume. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441505)

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 588