Barbados Battery progress 2014

Well, it seems that somehow I’ve managed to lose the earlier post I made this year, so I’ll start from the beginning.

My name is Ashby Sturgis and I am an archaeologist working on the island of Barbados.  I am excavated an 18th century British artillery battery, which fielded 5 cannons  in 1780, at the time of the American Revolutionary War.  I am digging in order to better understand the role of the fort in protecting Barbados from external threats such as piracy and the French, but also in regulating the internal power structure in suppressing the large enslaved population.

Excavation at Good Shepherd Site

Excavation at Good Shepherd Site

So far, I have opened two new test units this year.  The first test unit is being dug on the interior of the above ground wall for the purpose of understanding more about the architectural layout of the battery itself, while the second is being dug on the outside of the wall.  The soil is a lot softer  last years experience allows me to go dig deeper and recover artifacts from a less disturbed stratigraphic layer.

Test Units 1 (on the left) and 3 (on the right)

Test Units 1 (on the left) and 3 (on the right)