Situated in the ruins of the Napoleonic Period Artillery Officers Quarters at Dow’s Hill, Antigua, and upstairs the Nelson’s Dockyard Museum, the Field Research Centre is dedicated to the study of Archaeology in Antigua and the Lesser Antilles.
The Field Research Centre was founded in June 2000 by Antiguan archaeologist Dr. Reg Murphy and is a collaborative venture by both the National Parks Authority of Antigua and Barbuda and the Historical and Archaeological Society of Antigua. Both organisations are dedicated to the research, protection and preservation of Antigua’s history and cultural patrimony.
The function of the Field Research Centre is to provide logistical support, facilitate, coordinate, supervise, and encourage multi-disciplinary field research on Antigua. Through this mission, it will essentially fulfil the mandate of both founding organisations.
The Field Research Centre (FRC) functions as a place for conducting the initial stages of lab work and analysis. Worktables, stationery, storage bags, bins and containers, and basic field equipment, such as screens, shovels, and buckets are made available. This has proven popular, not only with field school students and academics conducting field research, but also with high school students and teachers who seek more in depth information.
Although, the primary focus of the Centre is archaeological research, a wide variety of disciplines have used the facilities, including geologists, palaeontologists, botanists, and physical anthropologists. Interestingly, visiting researchers using the facilities have provided voluntary assistance to the Antiguan authorities and public in a number of ways, such as human forensic analysis (on recovered skeletal remains of missing individuals), advise on the restoration of historical structures, salvage archaeology, and museum development.
As a branch of the Historical and Archaeological Society of Antigua, the Centre is an established non-profit organisation and survives financially on student funds and small donations. We have no secure or regular sources of funding.
We need your help to continue our research, to publish, and to expand our storage and research capabilities and facilities.
If you are interested in making a donation of material, books equipment, or funds, pleased contact Dr. Reg. Murphy at the below address. As a donor, when visiting Antigua, we will be pleased to give you a behind the scenes tour of our archaeological sites and facilities.
For further information, contact:
Dr. Reg Murphy
PO. Box 312
St. John’s, Antigua