EUROTAST Symposium on Slavery in the Atlantic lures National Delegates, visitors to St. Maarten Feb. 8-9, 2013

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (Jan. 29, 2013) - Delegates and visitors from around the world will be in attendance at the upcoming EUROTAST Symposium on the Archaeology of Slavery in St. Maarten taking place Feb. 8-9, 2013 at the University of St. Martin in Philipsburg.

Organized by the St. Maarten Archaeological Center (SIMARC) in cooperation with Leiden University, the two-day symposium will explore and question the ways archaeology has contributed to academic and public understanding of slavery in the Atlantic world, both as an institution and as a lived experience for people of African descent.

Although the primary objective of the event is to train a new generation of researchers, the Symposium will be open to the public on Feb. 8, 2013 at 9:00 am to allow residents and visitors of the island to learn more about studies related to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

The program will also include a roundtable discussion on ethics in archaeology and a public lecture on symposium themes given by Professor Theresa Singleton from Syracuse University.

To arrange accommodations in St. Maarten during the Symposium, or for additional information on the island, visit the official site of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau at

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