The African-Caribbean Landscape of Wallblake Estate, Anguilla

Author(s): Paul Farnsworth

Year: 2018


Historical archaeologists have explored the plantation landscapes of the Caribbean for more than 50 years, and there have been archaeological excavations at historical sites on every major island. However, there are still islands where there have not been any previous excavations at historic sites, including plantations. Anguilla was one such island until June 2017 when archaeological survey and excavations began at the Wallblake Estate to understand the plantation landscape and the major activity areas of the estate. The research project is focused on understanding the development of African-Anguillan culture from its origins in the boom and bust plantation economies of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The research in the summer of 2017 has identified the site of the African village and excavated a sample of materials from it to compare to samples excavated at both the extant main house and kitchen. The results of the excavations and preliminary interpretations will be presented.

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The African-Caribbean Landscape of Wallblake Estate, Anguilla. Paul Farnsworth. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443111)

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Historic Other Slavery

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min long: -90.747; min lat: 3.25 ; max long: -48.999; max lat: 27.683 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 20371