Archives for the ‘archaeology’ Category

Salvaging Earthworks in Ijebu-Ode: A Fruitful Archaeological Survey

By • Jul 9th, 2017 • Category: archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

For three weeks now, my team and I have been carrying out a pedestrian survey across the town of Ijebu-Ode, in Nigeria. The town is growing at a frantic pace, and its archaeological relics was fastly disappearing. This archaeological enterprise becomes pertinent at such a time as this. Up till now, what we know about Ijebu-Ode’s […]

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Success in paradise

By • Sep 1st, 2015 • Category: archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

Five weeks after the initial problems brought on by my last minute surgery, I had regained more mobility in my foot. Finally I was able to execute my original plan from the beginning, of doing systematic surveying on Tridacna shells in the lagoon. On Mo‘orea, I, along with my fellow graduate student Summer Moore, had […]



Blog post #2 – Erasure, Law, Resistance

By • Aug 11th, 2015 • Category: anthropology, archaeology, Honors Thesis, Marxism, Research

#2 This will be a common burial-place where all shall meet on terms of common fellowship and brotherhood. Every dear relation in life, severed by death, shall be found restored again in these grounds— husband and wife, parent and child, brother and sister, shall be reunited here. Friend shall meet friend here; and enemies, too, […]



Bajan Excavation

By • Jul 31st, 2015 • Category: archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

Regardless of how organized and scientific archaeological field seasons are, they always seem to be an adventure. Rather unexpectedly, there were several small earthquakes and the island was put under a code orange alert for an volcano eruption. Everything was fine and nothing major happened on the island, but it definitely added a bit of […]



Challenges in Paradise

By • Jul 15th, 2015 • Category: archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

  For my project I originally intended to go into the lagoons and do systematic surveying of modern Tridacna and Turbo shells in French Polynesia. I hoped to get size measurements for these marine animals to increase the comparative data for archaeological found shells. This would allow me to do regression analysis to look at […]



Dating the site

By • Oct 30th, 2014 • Category: archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

I think due to my internet connection in Barbados, my posts may have not gotten through.  I apologize for posting so late. Artifacts found at the site range from prehistoric in origin to the late twentieth century.  Recording stratigraphy for the site was very difficult due to the sand being all the same color, so…
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Digging information

By • Oct 30th, 2014 • Category: archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

Here’s some more you guys. The project began in proper after a meeting with Church of Jesus the Good Shepherd’s priest, Reverend Wayne Kirton.  Rev. Kirton was aware of the site’s history, and had been interested prior to the project in having the wall studied and preserved, as wear from automobile traffic as well as…
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Barbados Militia

By • Oct 30th, 2014 • Category: archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

Here’s another excerpt from my site report. The earliest consulted record of Barbados battery is from a map of the island’s military installations in February of 1746.  Printed by Emanuel Bowen the following year, the map includes small illustrations of the individual batteries found along the coast, with a table listing the number of cannons…
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Posts went missing

By • Oct 30th, 2014 • Category: archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

Hey everybody, I made 6 posts this summer but somehow they are not on here.  So, I will be posting some excerpts from my site report to make up for it. The Good Shepherd archaeological site is located in what is today a dirt parking lot and public beach access in Fitts Village, St. James,…
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Barbados Battery excavation continues at Good Shepherd Site

By • Jul 23rd, 2014 • Category: archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

Hello, my name is Ashby Sturgis and I am an archaeologist working on the island of Barbados.  I am currently excavating an 18th century British artillery battery.  This battery, which fielded 5 cannons in 1780, was part of a coastal defense system that defended Barbados for approximately 200 years.  I am performing this research in…
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