Helping to preserve and protect the TCI environment
Archeologic Dig of Ancient Arawak Site Planned on Providenciales
An Earlier Archeological Dig Site in the TCI
Ancient Cultural Preservation Effort at Long Bay Dig
An important 14th Century Lucayan Arawak archaeological site is to be excavated this October near the west end of Long Bay. The "South Bank Site", near the Caicos Marina, is to be explored and analyzed in search of information on Lucayan relationships with local marine resources, kinship networks and trading partners among Taino Arawaks from Hispaniola and Cuba.
The dig will be led by archeologist Dr. Shaun Sullivan. Dr. Sullivan began work in the Turks and Caicos Islands in 1976. Much of the work he has done was on Middle Caicos, however, Providenciales has its own deep culture history and archaeological sites. At the Long Bay site Shaun has conducted test excavations and found that it was the location of a Lucayan Arawak village, occupied during the 14th century A.D. (according to radiocarbon dating) and found it to be unusually rich in ceramics imported from contemporary Arawak brethren from the Greater Antilles.
The Long Bay Development Company is facilitating this scientific research, as a contribution to island cultural preservation in anticipation of follow on development of the site. The non-profits Turks and Caicos Reef Fund, and the Anthropological Research Council are sponsors of this project. Materials recovered from the site will be curated by the Turks and Caicos National Museum. Students from local schools are expected to be participants in the excavation.
We need your help. The South Bank dig is in search of volunteer field crew members and financial contributors. We invite you to help with this important cultural preservation effort in any way you can.
Those interested in taking part in the dig as field crew members please contact Dr. Shaun Sullivan email@example.com 703-966-3219
The anticipated project costs, including the excavations and follow on laboratory analyses, are $24,000. We are beginning with pledges of $3,000, including a donation of $1,000 from the TCRF. We need to build project funding from that foundation. Financial contributors can make tax-deductible donations, flagged as "Archaeological Dig", via PayPal by clicking the PayPal button below or by check or cash donation given to either John Hingley and Janine Popick (415-819-0489). If you reside in the US and want to make a tax deductible contribution you can do so via PayPal below or by mailing a check to Turks & Caicos Reef Fund, ATTN: Archeological Dig, 200 Lake Street, Apt 11, Burlington, VT 05401.
We thank you for your help!
Shaun Sullivan and TCI Resident Agile LeVin at a Middle Caicos Archeological Site