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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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May 20th 2015:An Archaeology of Alcohol: Capitalism and Colonialism in Barbados

In this week's episode, the Indy Team takes a look at the archaeology of alcohol and its impact on society and culture. We are joined by professor Dr. Frederick H. Smith, who speaks with us about the role of alcohol in the Caribbean and specifically Barbados. In particular, we discuss alcohol's relationship to capitalism and the fostering of colonial agendas, as well as its use as a stimulant by communities and people confronting the anxieties of the a rapidly modernizing world.

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Dr. Frederick Smith

Frederick H. Smith is an associate professor of anthropology and archaeology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. He is author of Caribbean Rum: A Social and Economic History (University Press of Florida 2005) and The Archaeology of Alcohol and Drinking (University Press of Florida, 2008). He has also published numerous articles on the role of alcohol in Caribbean society drawing on archaeological, documentary, and ethnographic evidence. For the past 20 years he has conducted archaeological investigations in Barbados. His work includes studies of seventeenth century British colonial drinking patterns in the urban context of Bridgetown, Barbados and the study o
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