Things you need to know about the Stewart Castle Village before you use the data:
- Field measurements are in meters and centimeters.
- Excavation units and shovel-test-pits at both the Main House and Village are on the UTM grid system.
- One hundred seventy-six shovel-test-pits and three 1-x-1 meter units were excavated at the Stewart Castle village in 2007. More extensive area excavations are planned for subsequent seasons.
- Architectural and landscape features including stone walls, terraces, limestone cobble piles, and a grave, were selectively mapped with a total station. The dense overgrowth in the village made it difficult to map landscape features in a systematic fashion; those represented on the site map are features that could be easily mapped with the total station and limited clearing. Future seasons will focus on clearing large swaths of foliage to ensure more complete coverage.
DAACS is extremely grateful for the generous support of The Reed Foundation, which provided scholarships and internships for students from the University of the West Indies, Mona.
The DAACS field work at Stewart Castle would not have occurred without the support and colloboration of Louis Nelson, Associate Professor of Architectural History of UVA, and director of The Falmouth Field School in Architectural History. He introduced DAACS to the Stewart Castle site in 2005 and has been a strong supporter of the DAACS program.
Many thanks to the wonderful students, interns, and volunteers who put such incredible energy into the field and laboratory work for Anthropology 382: The Falmouth Field School in Historical Archaeology (University of Virginia). They include: Vanessa Bonner (UWI), Lauren Burn (UWI), John Chenoweth (UCB), Vanessa Clark (UWI), Shemika Crawford (UWI), Anna Doctor (UWI), Clive Grey (UWI), Shailean Hardy (UWI), Alexandra Jones (UCB), Sarah Kidder (COC), Brian McCray (UVA), Andrew Mullan (UVA), Susan Sherwood (UMW), and Julene Wright (UWI). Students from The Falmouth Field School in Historic Preservation also particpated throughout the field season.
The project is indebted to Rim Patterson-Gooden, John Reynolds, Peter Maxwell, and Kemar Walters for their incredible machete skills and valued guidance. The site would have been inpenetrable without them. James Parrent and his fabulous staff at Falmouth Heritage Renewal, in Falmouth Jamaica, ensured that the field school ran smoothly each day. To find out more about the good work that Falmouth Heritage Renewal is doing to preserve the historic landscape of Falmouth, while providing training in the building trades, please go to: http://www.falmouthjamaica.org/.
Edward Chappell (Director of Architectural Research, Colonial Williamsburg) and Matthew Webster (Director Preservation, Drayton Hall) lent their amazing skills to the recordation of the Overseer's House at Stewart Castle and the outbuildings, including the identification of the fortified three-seater privy, at the Main House complex.
We are grateful for the support of our colleagues at the Jamaica National Heritage Trust, epscially Dorrick Gray and Anne-Marie Howard Brown, and the University of the West Indies, Mona, including Dr. Sabrina Rampersad, Dr. Swithin Wilmot, and Dr. James Robertson.
A number of DAACS and Monticello staff provided their invaluable advice, skills, good humor, and great effort to ensure the success of the 2007 field season. They include Ivor Conolley, Leslie Cooper, Karen Hutchins, Fraser Neiman, and Derek Wheeler. Jesse Sawyer and Brian McCray contributed to the artifact analysis upon our return to Monticello.