Rupert’s Valley

More human bones could be found in island’s slave valley

Further human remains could yet be disturbed as work continues on St Helena’s airport project, a source has cautioned. It’s been confirmed that “a number of human bones” were found on Friday 14 September 2012, on ground being used by construction firm Basil Read as a laydown area for equipment and materials. More than 300 …

More human bones could be found in island’s slave valley Read More »

Listen online: what slave graves mean for St Helena

If you missed Saint FM’s broacasts on the excavation of 300 human skeletons on St Helena, don’t worry: the programmes are still available as two podcasts on St Helena Online.  The discoveries in Rupert’s Valley in 2008 brought new insight into the horrors aboard slave-running “pirate” ships in the 19th Century. The skeletons were those of Africans who …

Listen online: what slave graves mean for St Helena Read More »

Safe to drink again: Rupert’s water is clear of e-coli bug

People in Rupert’s Valley on St Helena no longer need to boil water for drinking and cooking, says the island’s health directorate. A warning was issued on 6 September saying low levels of the the potentially harmful e-coli bacteria had been found in the valley’s water supply. Further tests show it is now free from …

Safe to drink again: Rupert’s water is clear of e-coli bug Read More »

Slavery expert is to rescue island’s ancient archives

Unique St Helena records dating back more than 300 years are to be rescued from possible “catastrophic loss”. Many of the ancient documents in the archives at The Castle in Jamestown are already in very poor condition because of a lack of temperature controls, according to St Helena Government. Some have been attacked by insects …

Slavery expert is to rescue island’s ancient archives Read More »

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: ‘My intense grief for St Helena slaves’

Television archaeologist Mark Horton has described his emotion on coming “face to face” with the remains of slaves whose bodies were excavated from a mass grave on St Helena. They were among thousands of Africans brought to the island aboard captured slave-running vessels. “It was a moment of intense grief. Those were people. That was …

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: ‘My intense grief for St Helena slaves’ Read More »

Facebook