Archaeology of an Emerging Landscape of Power and Enslavement in Early 17th-century Barbados
Monday, January 28, 2013
Archaeological and historical research in Barbados is exploring the transition from smaller scale farming to the capital and labor intensive agro-industrial complex that emerged by the end of the seventeenth-century. The system of slavery that emerged on agro-industrial sugar plantations in Barbados in the mid-17th century set in motion the large scale exploitive system of plantation slavery in the British Caribbean and dramatically impacted social systems on a global scale, with particular impacts throughout the Americas and Africa. This paper focuses on a combination of material and spatial data, including plantation maps and material culture recovered from early plantations in Barbados, to explore an emerging landscape of power, indenture, enslavement, colonialism, and capitalism.
A reception will precede the meeting at 6:00 pm.
Douglas V. Armstrong
Montclair State University
This meeting is free, but registration is required.