Barbuda Historical Ecology Project

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Parent Project Details
Parent Project Title:Barbuda Historical Ecology Project
Sub Projects: Archaeological Investigations of Codrington Castle, Codrington, Barbuda
BHEP Post-Columbian Archaeology
Highland House
Human-Plant Interactions in Barbuda
The Caves of Barbuda
The River Site

Project Details

Title:Barbuda Historical Ecology Project
Abstract:This project is a multi-disciplinary longitudinal research effort focusing on the island of Barbuda from first human settlement through to the present day. The goal of the project is to investigate human/environment interactions on the island of Barbuda and define the island’s place within the cultural and climatic realm of the Lesser Antilles and the circum-Atlantic region. It is a multi-disciplinary project with scholars from across the spectrum of social and hard sciences. Issues of island biogeography, cultural geography, subsistence through each cultural epoch, resilience and vulnerability in the face of extreme weather and environmental/landscape changes,as well as regional and oceanic connections will be approached through multiple disciplines and then analyzed in a collaborative forum. The project emphasis is on interdisciplinary, international collaboration of scientists, education and outreach. The project is part of a large initiative funded by the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs on Islands of Change (IOC). The IOC initiative will connect progressive interdisciplinary science with innovative approaches to science education and heritage outreach to connect two small rural island communities of Barbuda, West Indies and Thingeyjarsveit, Iceland with the large urban island community of New York City. The islands present strong contrasts in scale, history, ethnicity, and natural environment, but common themes and processes connect these islands in both past and present. The islands today are faced by challenges associated with rapid global change- climate change, sea level rise, changes in plant and animal life, and the social and economic disruptions caused by dramatic shifts in world economy. They also share histories of external colonization, local adaptation, human impacts on landscape and resources, and changing impacts of past global economic connections. These islands are products of complex historical interaction of humans and environment which continues to affect their potential for future sustainability and likewise face common twenty first century challenges of educating citizens and future leaders for resilience and nurturing young scientists with strong social commitment. The Islands of Change program is working to connect local and global educational efforts with exciting new field science to provide lasting benefits to local communities as well as students from the City University of New York.
Keywords:Caribbean, Longitudinal Research, Community Outreach, Paleoclimatology, Paleobotany, Zooarchaeology
Sponsors/Funders: GHEA
Country:Antigua and Barbuda
Project Start Year:2000

Account Owner

Contact: George Hambrecht
Institution: Anthropology Department, University of Maryland
Postal Address: College Park, Woods Hall
Post Code: 0111
Telephone: 301-405-1002

Project Collaborators

Name: Sophia Perdikaris
Institution: Brooklyn College, HERC and the CUNY Graduate Center
Address: Dept. of Anthropology and Archaeology, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
Postcode: NY 11210
Country: USA
Phone: + 1(718) 951-4192

Project Content

PDF File
BARC 2010 - 1 Paleoenvironmental Report [1.33 MB]
This report presents the preliminary results of the BHEP paleoenvironmental survey for the 2010 season.

PDF File
BARC 2010 - 2 Ecology and Marine Biology Report [0.20 MB]
The preliminary report presents the results of the 2010 BHEP ecological and marine biological surveys.

Project Location

Latitude: 17.64097°N
Longitude: 61.80668°W