This presentation summarizes archaeological fieldwork conducted at the Estate Little Princess since the summer of 2017, led by the Society of Black Archaeologists members Drs. Ayana Flewellen, Justin Dunnavant, William White, Alicia Odewale, and Alexandra Jones. Archaeological excavations, mapping, artifact analysis, and archival research at the Estate Little Princess, an 18th-century sugar plantation, add to what is known about pre- and post-emancipation life Afro-Crucians in the Christiansted area on the island of St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands (USVI). The Estate Little Princess Archaeology Project is just one project through the Society of Black Archaeologists dedicated to addressing and combating the lack of diversity and inclusivity within the field of archaeology. During this presentation, Dr. Flewellen will discuss core principles of the Society of Black Archaeologists that shape the ongoing work conducted at the Estate Little Princess.
Ayana Omilade Flewellen (she/her) is a Black Feminist, an archaeologist, a storyteller, and an artist. As a scholar of anthropology and African and African Diaspora Studies, Flewellen's intellectual genealogy is shaped by critical theory rooted in Black feminist epistemology and pedagogy. This epistemological backdrop not only constructs the way she designs, conducts and produces her scholarship but acts as foundational to how she advocates for greater diversity within the field of archaeology and within the broader scope of academia. Flewellen is the co-founder and current President-Elect of the Society of Black Archaeologists and sits on the Board of Diving With A Purpose. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. Her research and teaching interests address Black Feminist Theory, historical archaeology, maritime heritage conservation, public and community-engaged archaeology, processes of identity formations, and representations of slavery. Flewellen has been featured in National Geographic, Science Magazine and PBS; and regularly presents her work at institutions including The National Museum for Women in the Arts.
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