Recognising A Slave Cemetery

An example from colonial-period Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles

Authored by: Patrice Courtaud , Thomas Romon

The Routledge Handbook of Archaeothanatology

Print publication date:  April  2022
Online publication date:  April  2022

Print ISBN: 9781138492424
eBook ISBN: 9781351030625
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Since the beginning of the 2000s, the number of colonial funerary sites excavated in the French Overseas Territories has been on the order of 15. Their size varies from a few to several hundred burials, mainly from Guadeloupe (Figure 21.1), the island on which this contribution will focus. Due to the varied origins of French colonial society in the Lesser Antilles, each group theoretically has its own unique attributes, including after death, with its separate cemetery, its own characteristic funerary practices and biological composition (Romon et al., 2009).

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