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Wayne State University (Detroit, MI 48201-1347)
Krysta Ryzewski (Project Director: January 2014 to December 2019)
Caribbean Colonial Interactions and Dynamic Island Communities: A Diachronic Archaeology of Montserrat, 1000-1730 AD

An archaeological survey and excavation on Montserrat, and preparation for publication of peer-reviewed articles and an illustrated book on the island's archaeological history. (36 months)

This proposal seeks NEH support for a three-year collaborative study focused on the archaeology of the Caribbean island of Montserrat during the period between ca.1000 and 1730 AD. Our objective is to understand the culture history and social dynamics of Montserratian communities during centuries spanning European arrival through a focus on three archaeological sites: Blake's Estate, Valentine Ghaut, and Thatch Valley. We will employ multiple archaeological, historical, and geophysical methods to achieve this objective. Our resulting data will allow us to consider how and why Montserrat's inhabitants maintained, negotiated, and adapted to circumstances of both immediate and incremental change during the period's processes of colonization.

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Project fields:

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

$205,840 (approved)
$197,194 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2019