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Archaeology First Thursday Presentation (Department of Anthropology)
Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 4:00pm
Event: Archaeology First Thursday Presentation (Department of Anthropology)

Thursday, February 1, 4:00, Cramer Hall, Room 41

Amitava Chowdhury
will present,

Le Morne and Trois Cavernes: archaeology of fugitive slave sites in Mauritius.

Between 1642 and 1835, under the Dutch, French and British colonial hegemony, slavery was the chief source of labor in Mauritius, a tiny island in the southwestern Indian Ocean. Marronage or the act of running away into a fugitive status remained as a concomitant attendant to slavery for the entire period. Maroons - the fugitive slaves; adopted various locales for hiding in the face of constant threat of recapture by the colonial police. Initially, during the period of Dutch occupation of the island, the wilderness in central and eastern Mauritius served as a convenient refuge. With the French intensification of agriculture from the 1720s, the maroons increasingly took to inaccessible locales including remote mountaintops and underground lava tunnels. Le Morne and Trois Cavernes are two such maroon sites excavated recently that not only shed light on fugitive slave life in Mauritius but also provide valuable insight into methodological considerations for Maroon Archaeology on the island.

Amitava Chowdhury is a PhD student in the Department of History at WSU- Vancouver.

Event is Free and Open to the Public

For questions, contact Virginia Butler, 5-3303 or Michael Schurke,