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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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African Moravian Burial Sites on St. John and Barbados

African Moravian Burial Sites on St. John and Barbados

A Comparison of Spaces within Lived Experiences and Social Transformations from Slavery to Freedom

(p.207) 9 African Moravian Burial Sites on St. John and Barbados
Archaeologies of Slavery and Freedom in the Caribbean

Helen C. Blouet

University Press of Florida

This study investigates Barbados’s eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Moravian Christian burial sites to highlight processes of community building and culture change within mortuary contexts linked to larger political transformations, such as slave emancipation, across the island and Caribbean region. I identify historical variation in burial site materiality and spatiality to understand how burial grounds reflected and informed changes in policies and relationships within disparate congregations and the larger societies in which Moravian settlements existed. Through an examination of connections between changeable mortuary practices and social identities within shifting relationships of political power before and after the end of slavery, I highlight the significance of burial sites and commemorative practices to dynamic processes of Moravian community building, maintenance, and transformation within culturally diverse and complex societies.

Keywords:   Moravian communities, burial sites, Barbados

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