During the Society for Historical Archaeology’s annual meeting held in New Orleans this January, “The Estate Little Princess Field School,” co-created by Ayana Flewellen, Drs. Justin Dunnavant, Alicia Odewale, and Alexandra Jones, was awarded First Place in the GMAC Diversity Field School Award given by the Gender and Minority Affairs Committee.
The GMAC Diversity Field School Awards recognize those who have shown a commitment to diversity in historical archaeology by running field schools that incorporate archaeological practices fostering diversity in research objections, perspectives, and participation.
The Estate Little Princess project is a multi-year sustainable archaeology project in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands in collaboration with The Slave Wrecks Project (SWP) – a global change program comprised of an international network of institutions and individual associates that investigate the global history and enduring legacies of the African Slave Trade, administered by George Washington University and the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture – as well as the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), Diving with a Purpose (DWP), an underwater archaeology advocacy group and Archaeology in the Community as program partner. The project has two intended functions: 1.) the development of a long-term research agenda that employs a landscape approach – inclusive of both maritime and terrestrial landscapes – to the study of slavery and emancipation in St. Croix; and 2.) the training of UVI and Crucian youth in scuba diving, as well as maritime and terrestrial archaeological methodologies. The project – centered on the Atlantic slave trade – involves simultaneous maritime, terrestrial, and oral historical research projects as well as training in scuba diving and archaeological methods.