The Chapter Chair, Marina Delfos recapped the presentation as follows:
"The talk given by Hayden Bassett and Ke Vaughn Harding on the Good Hope Slave Villages was absolutely fascinating. The main focus was the general slave village, in which they are now conducting their third year of work and some information on the domestic slave village attached to the Great House, which they just started working on this year.
Of the over 12,000 artefacts already uncovered during the 2014 excavations, and those uncovered from this year (final count yet to be tabulated) some of the interesting items include cooking and eating implements, buttons, beads and other items previously used for personal adornment, tools of skilled tradespeople who lived in the village, animal bones bearing butcher marks, which provides insight into some of the contents of the inhabitants' diets, and a late 18th - early 19th century livery button bearing clearly identifiable elements of the Tharp Family Crest. We were able to view a few of these at the meeting.
A cabinet has been constructed by Falmouth Heritage Renewal, funded partially by our Chapter, and has been placed in the Trelawny Parish Library to expose members of the public to the new and insightful information on the lives of the Good Hope enslaved population. There is a second cabinet located in the Welcome Area at the Chukka Tours attraction on the Good Hope Estate. It contains artefacts and information conveying similar themes to those expressed by the one at the Trelawny Parish Library in Falmouth." -- Marina Delfos
Other fascinating facts that were unearthed included the genealogical breakdown of the slave population on the estate.
- Creole (or those who were born in Jamaica) made up 56% (in blue)
- Eboes (shaded red) made up a significant part of the population at 18.1%
- Coramantee (shaded orange) 5.6%
- Chamba (shaded purple) 4.7%
Contributors: Marina Delfos, Lena Rose (editor and photographer), Paul Chang (photos)