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Surveying Caribbean cultural landscapes: Mount Plantation, Barbados, and its global connections

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JournalInternet Archaeology
DatePublished - 23 Sep 2013
Issue number35
Volume35
Original languageEnglish

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Archaeological investigation at Mount Plantation, St George, Barbados, has yielded significant material and landscape data relating to world changing economic and social structures from the dramatic early-eighteenth century escalation of slavery to the agro-industrial production in the British Caribbean during the late nineteenth century. This paper focuses on two related research aims. It offers the first evaluation of systematic archaeological fieldwork to combine geophysical survey techniques and field-walking in the British Caribbean, thus offering a new methodology for rapidly assessing the archaeological potential of plantation sites. Secondly, it characterizes the plough-zone archaeology on a Barbadian plantation. The site provides an example of shifts in plantation organization and labour over the eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, and forms an integral element within the study of created and transformed landscapes owned by the Lascelles family in Barbados and Yorkshire (UK), thus connecting Caribbean cultural landscapes directly with those in Britain.

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