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Middle Caicos, 1999

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From January 2nd until February 1st, and from February 15th through March 1st, we conducted archaeological excavations at two precolumbian sites on Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands. The two sites were MC-32 on the north coast (A.D. 1250-1500) and the ceremonial/trading center, MC-6, on the south coast (A.D. 1500). The work was undertaken with the assistance of two Earthwatch teams and other volunteers. A report is being prepared, but for now I offer a set of photographs illustrating our work.

Due to the large number of images there are four separate pages which you can access from the bottom of each page.

Turks and Caicos Islands

 
Bambarra school house

June Taylor and Doris Sweet at the Vera Hamilton Primary School in Bambarra. The school, which is no longer used because there are so few school children in Bambarra, served as our dormitory andfield station.

 
Farm Creek Pond

MC-32 is located on Farm Creek Pond.

 
clearing MC-32

Earthwatch volunteers clear the guinea grass from MC-32 as we prepare the excavation units. This area was selected for excavation because test excavations conducted in 1993 revealed a high density of artifacts in this area.

 
MC-32 excavations

Excavating MC-32. Excavating an archaeological site is like reading a book and tearing out each page as you read it. We carefully remove the soil from around artifacts to reveal how they are associated with each other in the unit.

 
Farm Creek Pond

Brian Riggs, Manager of the Turks and Caicos National Museum, exposes pottery at MC-32.

 

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