What did we find?

Thousands of artefacts ranging from imported and locally-made pottery and glass vessels to buttons, nails, tobacco pipes, and pewter utensils were recovered from each village. Although each STP had an average of 16 artefacts, some pits had over 50 artefacts while other pits contained no artefacts. Although counterintuitive, pits without artefacts provide important information as well. "Zeros are data too!" may sound funny but it is true. The lack of data allows archaeologists to precisely pinpoint where and when human activities that impacted the archaeological record ceased. In the case of this research, the decrease and cessation of artefacts in STPs indicates the spatial boundaries of each village.

Artefacts were recovered from each STP as the sediment was screened through ¼ inch hardware cloth. Different artefact types provide archaeologists with critical pieces of information about the people living at each village.

In this video Krystle Edwards, a University of West Indies intern, discusses with Karen Hutchins of DAACS the kind of artefacts she is finding


Karen Hutchins: So tell us about what you are finding?

Krystle Edwards: This was a pretty good hole actually, we found a lot of stuff, probably about fifty. This is Afro-Caribbean, it actually has a rim, we have pipe stem, we have delft, this looks like British stoneware.

KH: So why do you think you are finding so many things in this hole?

KE: Well, I'm not sure - but it has been a pattern along this line, because we dug one yesterday and it was the same, it was a lot of artefacts also.

KH: Was it also at the top of the terrace?

KE: yes, it was.

Have a look at the finds

Follow the links below to find out more about the different types of artefacts recovered.

You can read more about the artefacts found at each site in following sections about the individual villages.  The detailed artefact data from each site is available to view and download from the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS). DAACS also contains detailed information on the artefact distribution within each village.