Survey on Saba
Last week Prof. dr. Corinne Hofman, Dr. Menno Hoogland, and Dr. Ryan Espersen continued their research on Saba with a few surveys around the island.
East Crab Gut
The first survey took the team to East Crab Gut. From one of the lookout points, St. Maarten can be seen.
Fort Bay Ridge
A second survey took the team to the Fort Bay Ridge site. This site was inhabited between 1800-400 bc and again in the 17th and 18th century. The site is now largely covered by an electricity plant.
In the 17th and 18th century, the homestead site is known to be one of relative wealth by Saban standards. This is indicated, in part, by the uncovering of the burial of an intact horse during excavations with Johan Schaeffer in 2014. There is also evidence that the household owned an enslaved African woman (source: SABARC). During this survey, the team found a brass boot spur, which further attests to the wealth of the household at Fort Bay Ridge.