New River Estate To Be Site Of First-Ever Nevis Public Archaeology Dig

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Ever want to try your hand a digging for artifacts?

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Now is the time at the first-ever Nevis public archaeology dig at New River to be held March 28- April 1, 2016, led by former resident and industrial archaeologist David Rollinson. The week-long project will be held daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteer archaeologists will participate in excavation, artifact conservation and site recording during the week-long project. A former Nevis resident, David now lives in Canada and will be returning to St. Kitts and Nevis to work on several research projects.

New River, the last functioning sugar plantation on Nevis, dates back to the 1700s. The Nevis Island Administration and the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society (NHCS) will be opening a visitor’s center at New River and provide information for visitors about the site and sugar production on the island. Many improvements have been made to the site over the past months, including a contractor similar to roofing company Winston Salem installing a new roof over the cane crushing equipment. The roof should help to protect it from all kinds of weather.

Volunteer archaeologists should come prepared to work in sunny conditions and should wear hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, and bring water, lunch and snacks for the day. Tools will be supplied. Extra water and rest rooms will be available at the visitors’ center at the site.

Any artifacts recovered will become the property of the NHCS to be used in historic displays at the visitors’ center.

Interested participants should call the NHCS to register at 469-5786. Some transportation will be available if needed to the site for volunteers.

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