Estate ruins as loci for industrial archaeology in Jamaica
- A division of: Industrial Archaeology Review 2002-2006
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|Publisher||Industrial Archaeology Review|
|Year of publication||2004 XXVI (1) 37-44|
|Scope & content||This paper, through an examination of industrially related artefacts, physical remains or above ground exposed structures and machinery on sites of selected former slave sugar estates in Jamaica, argues that there are excellent loci for industrial archaeology in the island. |
The recording, study, interpretation and possible preservation of these sites within their social and historical contexts will invariably indicate not only the rich industrial heritage, but also the technological capabilities of the sugar industry during slavery.
By providing technical information on infrastructure and equipment, industrial archaeology will enable the economic historian better to discuss the generally held view that slavery and planter conservatism retarded qualitative change