Benjamin D. Siegel

Research Interests/Special Interests: Archaeology and History of Water Use, Cultural Landscapes, Milieu and Societal Decision Making, Post-Colonial Studies. Regional Focuses: United States, Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe.


Benjamin D. Siegel M.A., M.A., M.A., RPA is an Archaeologist, Historian, and Educator with over twelve years of inter-disciplinary experience. Ben has directed cultural heritage investigations across the United States, in Nicaragua, Belize, Jamaica, Great Britain, and Denmark. Throughout his career Ben has adhered to and developed international best practices for a wide variety of cultural resource management projects.  

Ben’s dissertation research at Berkeley focuses on the archaeology and history of water use on the island of St. Croix, USVI. Studying water related features from 18th and 19th century sugar plantations Ben seeks to determine the extent to which the island’s colonial period sugar growing impacted the hydrological systems of this small and relatively dry island.

Published Work:

Under Contract: “17th and 18th century Opportunities for (Il)legal Trade in the British West Indies”, in Discovering Hidden Histories of Slave-Trade and Pirate Ships Through Material Culture and Maritime History, Springer Publications.

The Water Tower and Sugar Mill Turned Cistern at Estate Little Princess Plantation, St. Croix, USVI.2020:

The Impact of Empire: The Effects of British Imperial Policy on the Maritime Cultural Landscape of Bluefields Bay, Jamaica 2012:-

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