Archaeological Field Schools - Barbados

Trents Plantation, Barbados

May 17-June 7, 2016

ANT 443, ANT 400, ANT 643

Syracuse’s 2016 archaeological field program in Barbados provides an opportunity to learn
archaeological field techniques while assisting on an NSF, National Geographic, and Wenner-Gren                                                        
Foundation funded research project. This study at Trents Plantation is being carried out in
cooperation with the Barbados Museum. This research explores the shift from small-scale farming to
a capitalist form of agro-industrial sugar production and slavery in the early 17th century.
Excavation will include studies of a founding English colonial farmstead, the transformation of the
landscape into a sugar estate, a resulting enslaved laborer settlement, and a cave site associated with ritual practice and resistance.
A great opportunity to learn in a field setting…in Barbados. No previous experience is necessary.

jungle in Barbados

Details on the field program can be found at:

Contact Professor Armstrong at

For more information, please contact  Professor Douglas Armstrong at

Enslave labor house dig in Trents,Barbados        glass artifact found in Barbados       hand drawn picture found in Barbados      

Barbados terrane      pottery found in Barbados       student at Barbados dig