The Nevis historical and Conservation society announces that Archaeologists from Monmouth University will conduct a three-week archaeological project at Fort Charles. Fort Charles is one of the earliest British Forts in the Caribbean and was occupied for more than two centuries. Archaeology at the site will document the changing experience of colonial citizens from initial settlement in the mid-1600s to the eventual abandonment of the fort in the late 1800s.
The project’s leader, Dr. Edward González-Tennant is hopeful that this summer’s project will also provide new information regarding the non-plantation experiences of enslaved Africans, who were often forced to work at British Forts. He believes a more exciting potential is the ability to investigate the lives of free Afro-Caribbean individuals and groups who were sometimes enlisted by the British military following emancipation in 1834.
This season’s field work is part of a larger, multi-year project to document many aspects of Nevisian heritage. Two cultural anthropologists will accompany the archaeologists this summer. Their research concentrates on collecting oral histories related to Nevisian culture. These researchers are particularly interested in collecting personal testimonies related to bush medicine and the MV Christena wreck of 1970. The cultural anthropologists will also document the archaeological work at Fort Charles.
A public day is scheduled for Saturday, June 1st. School groups who would like to visit are invited to contact Edward González-Tennant via email firstname.lastname@example.org or cell phone 667-6510 (available beginning May 20th).
Residents of St. Kitts and Nevis will soon have a clearer understanding of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) thanks to a series of activities designed by the St. Kitts-based EPA Implementation Unit of the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Continue reading →
A heated discussion surrounding the issue of whether a Text book on local history should start with occurrences in Africa or include only details of the experience that took place upon enslaved Africans’ arrival in St. Kitts and Nevis, concluded a recent meeting of the UNESCO National Scientific Slave Route Committee.
The main objective of the meeting was to conduct a visual overview of the document entitled “An Inventory of Heritage Slave Sites in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis,” as well as to get feedback from committee members who reviewed its contents prior to arrival at the meeting on June 21. enslaved Africans
The committee was full of praise for the work of its author and researcher, Mr Leonard Stapleton, a local history enthusiast who was contracted by the National Commission for UNESCO to conduct the research and assist in producing the document to be used in schools as part of the local history curriculum. Continue reading →
The 15th Annual Emancipation Concert, held at the historic Brimstone Hill on Sunday 12th August, was as usual packed with local talent, encompassing, music, dancing, spoken word and drumming. The programme this year was preluded by session by local folklore – Moko Jumbies, Clowns and Masquerades and Mummies – showcasing this aspect of our culture. The playing of the national anthem on pan by Steven Richards heralded the commencement of proceedings proper. The invocation was conducted by Rev Chris Archibald and welcome remarks were given by Sir Probyn Innis, President of the Brimstone Hill Fortress and National Park Society. Continue reading →
The Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park Society is pleased to announce that on Friday 18th May, in commemoration of International Museum’s Day, nationals of St. Kitts-Nevis will be admitted free from 2 pm to the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park. Continue reading →