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Port Royal Scholarly Research

On June 7, 1692, the Britain merchant city of Port Royal, Jamaica, was struck by a severe earthquake. The earthquake liquified the sand spit on which Port Royal was built, causing approximately three-quarters of the city to sink into the harbor. Houses, shops, markets, and their contents were sealed by a layer of dead coral and silt until the twentieth century when archaeologists began to uncover the sunken city. Port Royal, Jamaica, was a wealthy and important trading and slave distribution centre during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Later the town became the bastion of British naval power in the Caribbean.

Historical Analysis of Pewter Spoons Recovered from the Sunken City of Port Royal, Jamaica
Catheryn Ann Wadley
Thesis: December 1985
Chair: Hamilton

Drinking Glasses from Port Royal, Jamaica, Circa 1660-1850: A Study of Styles and Usage.
Patricia Elizabeth McClenaghan
Thesis: August 1988
Chair: Hamilton

Pewter and Pewterers from Port Royal, Jamaica: Flatware Before 1692
Shirley Gotelipe-Miller
Thesis: August 1990
Chair: Hamilton

Wrought Iron Hand Tools in Port Royal, Jamaica: A Study Based Upon a Collection of the Tools Recovered from Archaeological Excavations and on Tools Listed in the Probate Inventories of Colonial Port Royal, c. 1692
Marianne Franklin
Thesis: May 1992
Chair: Hamilton

Jamaican Red Clay Tobacco Pipes
Kenan Heidtke
Thesis: December 1992
Chair: Hamilton

The Probate Inventories of Port Royal, Jamaica
Diana Thornton
Thesis: December 1992
Chair: Hamilton

An Analysis of the Port Royal Shipwreck and its Role in the Maritime History of 17th-century Port Royal, Jamaica
Sheila Clifford
Thesis: May 1993
Chair: Hamilton

The Analysis of the 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century Ceramics from Port Royal, Jamaica: A Study in Archaeotoxicology
Tommy Hailey
Dissertation: August 1994
Chair: Hamilton

Analysis of the Weight Assemblage of Port Royal, Jamaica
C. Wayne Smith
Dissertaton: May 1995

Chinese Porcelain and 17th-century Port Royal, Jamaica
Helen Catherine Dewolf
Dissertation: May 1998
Chair: Hamilton

The Study and Analysis of the Kaolin Clay Tobacco Pipe Collection from the 17th-Century Archaeological Site of Port Royal, Jamaica
Georgia Lynne Fox
Dissertation: August 1998
Chair: Hamilton

Analysis of the Hollowware Pewter from Port Royal, Jamaica
Debra Lynn Winslow, B.A., The University of Kansas
Thesis: August 2000
Chair: Dr. Donny L. Hamilton

Household Ceramics at Port Royal, Jamaica, 1655-1692: The Building 4/5 Assemblage
Madeleine J. Donachie
Dissertation: August 2001
Chair: Dr. Donny L. Hamilton

Analysis and Reconstruction of Impermanent Structures of the 17th and 18th Centuries
Glenn Darrington
Thesis: May 1994
Chair Hamilton