An afternoon gave visitors a chance to look into the past, as the Society of Black Archaeologists held an open house of its multi-year, sustainable archaeology project at Estate Little Princess.
The Saturday event was held in conjunction with the Slave Wrecks Project, Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism, and Archaeology in the Community.
The project included scholars, students, collaborators and volunteers from across the United States and St. Croix, and introduces Crucian youth to archaeology. It is focused on collecting and conserving artifacts associated with enslaved Africans so people can learn more about their lives and Crucian heritage.
The project introduces young Crucians to the field of archaeology and the basic concepts needed to conserve artifacts associated with both enslaved and free Afro Crucian families. According to Dr. Alexandra Jones, executive director of Archaeology in the Community, they have “a pipeline of students from middle school through graduate school.”