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Archaeologies of Slavery and Freedom in the CaribbeanExploring the Spaces in Between$
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Lynsey Bates, John M. Chenoweth, and James A. Delle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400035

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400035.001.0001

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Surveying a Long-Term Settlement on Potato Hill, Montserrat

Surveying a Long-Term Settlement on Potato Hill, Montserrat

(p.152) 7 Surveying a Long-Term Settlement on Potato Hill, Montserrat
Archaeologies of Slavery and Freedom in the Caribbean

Krysta Ryzewski

John F. Cherry

University Press of Florida

This chapter demonstrates the advantages of a survey-centered approach for examining cultural landscapes on Montserrat. Our case study focuses on the multi-method survey of the Potato Hill landscape employed during the 2013 field season of the Survey and Landscape Archaeology on Montserrat project. Potato Hill’s artifact assemblage is the largest and among the earliest historic-period collections of artifacts to be recovered on Montserrat from the 49 archaeological sites we have surveyed since 2010. The evidence suggests that Potato Hill was a non-elite settlement occupied by multiple communities and households between the late seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. Understandings of Potato Hill’s changing use and inhabitants over the course of its long occupational history are situated within our survey results from the surrounding landscape, especially historic-period sugar plantations and military structures. This case study raises several questions concerning methodological approaches, temporal categories, scales of analysis, and material culture classification in Caribbean historical archaeology.

Keywords:   historical archaeology, Caribbean, Montserrat

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