Allsworth-Jones, Philip; Wesler, Kit W.
Department of History and Archaeology
Excavations at Green Castle, Jamaica, 1999-2001
Proceedings of the XIX International Congress for Caribbean Archaeology
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Excavations were conducted at the Pre-Columbian site of Green Castle in St Mary parish by a joint team from UWI and the Wickliffe Mounds Research Center (Murray State University) in 1999-2001. This paper describes the preliminary results. Six trenches were excavated, the most important being the mid and the southernmost trenches on the eastern side. The latter produced the most complete stratigraphy, to a maximum depth of 1.5 metres. Nine radiocarbon dates were obtained, of which one can be regarded as contaminated. Calibrating the results, the occupation can be said to have extended from about AD 1075 to the arrival of the Spanish, although there are no signs of Spanish presence at the site. Two burials, one an adult and the other a child, were recovered, as well as large quantities of artefacts, with faunal remains (mainly fish) and shells (mainly marine). The archaeological material is of White Marl type.....