Excavation

I began excavation at the Church of the Good Shepherd site  Monday the 22nd, and will finish tomorrow.  I will spend the rest of my time here cleaning, identifying, and analyzing the artifacts I have recovered.  I put in two test units, on on the inside of the wall and one on the outside.  The first test unit, the one dug on the inside of the wall, stopped when I reached what appeared to be a prepared stone surface.  The second test unit was much deeper and ended at the base of the wall, over a meter into the ground.

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Permission Granted

Yesterday I finally obtained permission from Church of the Good Shepherd’s Priest and warden to conduct a small excavation in the church parking lot, which is farther south than I realized.  In the time since my last post and the start of my excavation, I have been exploring and researching the remains of the other forts on the island.  The first place I looked at was Six Men’s battery, located on a hill overlooking the coast north of the fishing village of Six Men’s.Six Men's Cannons

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Barbados fortification research

Today is my twelfth day in Barbados, and the saying is true, things do go much slower here on the island.  Soon I will begin surveying a couple potential excavation sites, as the group I will be working with arrives this Wednesday. I have used my time here to research what little is know about the forts in Barbados.

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Holders Battery Archaeology

 

This summer I will go back to Barbados to perform an archaeological survey of a Barbadian fort known as Holders Battery.  One of two batteries located on Paynes Bay, It was part of a line of over 40 forts that protected the Island from raids and invasion .  I hope to understand the battery’s place as part of a larger series of fortifications, to identify different models of fortification employed by the British in the 18th century, and to understand how these models were implemented by the British in the Caribbean.  My intent is to use the archaeological and architectural data gathered through survey to lay the foundations for formulating a senior honors thesis.  I am very excited about this project, as this will be my second time in Barbados.

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