St Croix Archaeological Field School
The Estate Little Princess Maritime and Terrestrial Archaeology Field School is a collaboration between a number of collaborators including the Slave Wrecks Project, Society of Black Archaeologists, Diving with a Purpose, Junior Scientists in the Sea, Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism (CHANT), Boys and Girls Clubs of the Virgin Islands, the Nature Conservancy, University of the Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center, and various community collabortators. Working together, the project seeks to train grade school-aged students in terrestrial and maritime archaeological practice while also investigating the arcaheology of Danish slavery in the Virgin Islands.
Video by Dr. Alicia Odewale.
Excavations at the former enslaved laborers' cabins of the Estate Little Princess were the focus of research for the 2017 excavation season. Students with the Boys and Girls Club St. Croix engaged in one week of training in excavation, analysis, and oral history methods. Additionally, we hosted students from the University of the Virgin Islands and various other community members.
Junior Scientists in the Sea, in collaboration with Cane Bay Dive Shop and the Boys and Girls Club of St. Croix, certified 12 young Crucians as PADI Open Water SCUBA divers. Further training in underwater archaeology will be provided by Diving with A Purpose, a non-profit underwater heritage organization with a proven track-record of training underwater archaeology advocates.
The next phase of the project will involve training in Coral Reef Restoration and Underwater Archaeology in collaboration with members of The Nature Conservancy and Diving with a Purpose. We hope to use these coral reef restoration efforts to mitigate the destructive impact archaeology has on the natural environment, while also training future heritage stewards of tomorrow.
In the News...
Ancient Footprints – Lots of Archeology Happening on St. Croix, The St. Thomas Source, July 22, 2019
Shipwrecks, Archeological Sites Give Testimony to Lives of St. Croix’s Enslaved Ancestors, The St. John Source, July 16, 2019
Archaeology Open House Brings the Past to Life, The St. Croix Source, July 15, 2019
Archaeologist Dig Working with St. Croix Students, June 28, 2017