The Barbados field program will train students in historical archaeological and ethnohistorical methods. Students will conduct archaeological excavations at sites such as the St. Nicholas Abbey sugar plantation, one of the oldest sugar estates in Barbados, and at the George Washington House, the residence where a young George Washington lived in 1751. Students will examine the material conditions of Barbados’s earliest colonists. Weekend field trips will visit sites of historical, cultural, and environmental interest. In addition the program will coincide with two major national cultural celebrations in Barbados, “Crop Over” and “Emancipation Day.”
Barbados students will receive 6 credits for Caribbean Archaeology and Heritage (ANTH 224) which satisfies the GER 4B requirement. Housing will be in university dorms and some meals are included in the program fee.
Barbados is the easternmost island in the Lesser Antilles. Its strong economy and political stability make it the shining star of the Caribbean. It has some of the most pristine beaches in the world, and portions of its ancient tropical rainforest still survive today. Originally named Jamestown, Holetown was the site of the initial English claim of of Barbados in 1625 and the island’s oldest church, St. James Parish Church, was erected there in 1628. Today Holetown is a colorful, vibrant area with popular retail outlets and beachfront restaurants.
The Reves Center advisor for the Barbados summer program is Molly DeStafney, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbados Historical Archaeology and Ethnohistory Field School
Frederick H. Smith
Professor of Anthropology
Arrival date: July 3, 2015
Departure date: August 3, 2015
Application ($75): February 2
Deposit ($500): March 6
Final payment: April 1