Research Interests

Economic and Ecological Anthropology, Horticultural Societies and Farming Systems, Island Archaeology, West Indian archaeology.

Ongoing Fieldwork

Archaeological excavations in the Turks and Caicos Islands, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Trinidad, and Puerto Rico.

 

Outreach Projects

Chair of Department of Natural History Outreach Committee, FLMNH Exhibits committee, “Talking Taino” quarterly articles in Times of the Islands (Turks and Caicos Islands)

 

Research History

1999 ” Haiti’s Cultural Heritage,”archaeological excavations on Île à Rat, Bay de l’Acul, Haiti, and archaeological survey along the north coast (July).

1999 “Before Columbus: Caonabo’s Homeland,” archaeological excavations at three contemporaneous sites on Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands. The purpose of the project is to investigate the social relations between these communities (January to March).

1998 “Excavation of Paradise Park site (W-11), Jamaica,” archaeological excavations in southwest Jamaica at a redware/Meillacan site (October — 2 weeks).

1998 “Indian Cave Investigations,” archaeological and paleontological investigations of a cave near Conch Bar, Middle Caicos. Excavations focused on collecting background information concerning the animals that once inhabited the island, and evidence for prehistoric human use of the cave (May — 10 days).

1998 “Archaeological Reconnaissance of the North Coast of Haiti,” surveys along the north coast from Ft. Liberté to Bay de l’Acul implemented to complete the inventory of archaeological sites on the north coast (April — 10 days).

1998 “Grand Turk Marina Project,” contract archaeology investigation of the southern tip of Grand Turk (January — 10 days).

1997 “Haiti’s Cultural Heritage,” archaeological excavations on Île à Rat, Bay de l’Acul, Haiti and archaeological survey around the bay (June).

1997 “Before Columbus,” archaeological excavations on Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands (January 4 to March 3).

1996 “Jamaican Archaeological survey,” consultation with Jamaica National Trust and graduate student conducting archaeological survey near Kingston (December- one week).

1996 “Population expansion in the northern West Indies,” archaeological survey of the Bay de l’Acul, Haiti (June).

1996 Consultation with the Archivo Historico de Santiago, Dominican Republic, concerning collaborative investigations in northwestern Dominican Republic (May- one week).

1996 “Before Columbus,” follow-up investigations to research conducted in January and February (May- 2 weeks).

1996 “Before Columbus,” archaeological excavations on Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands (January through February).

1995 Encuentro Cientifico Expedicion en Canoa, Florida-Caribe. Planning meeting in Santo Domingo (June- 1 week). Objective is to reconstruct a native canoe and paddle it from Florida to the Caribbean.

1995 Reconnaissance of archaeological resources on the north coast of Haiti, Cormier Plage (March -one week).

1995 “Before Columbus,” archaeological excavations on Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands (January).

1994 Investigation of a proposed FAA radar station, Great Inagua, Bahamas for RADIAN Corporation (October — 1 week).

1994 Analysis of human skeletal remains from a submerged cavern, Eleuthera, Bahamas (laboratory analysis).

1994 Archaeological survey and mitigation of proposed developments on Water Cay and Silly Creek, Turks and Caicos Islands (June- 1 week).

1993 “Middle Caicos Road Project,” archaeological survey and mitigation of proposed right of way, Turks and Caicos Islands (December — 3 weeks).

1993 “Precolumbian Cultural Interactions in the Northern West Indies,” archaeological survey and excavations, Turks and Caicos Islands (January through March).

1993 Archaeological Reconnaissance of Grand Cayman (April-3 weeks).

1992 Stable-isotope analysis of prehistoric circum-Caribbean peoples.

1992-1993 “Archaeological Investigations of a Proposed Aerostat Site,” Great Inagua, Bahamas (2 weeks of fieldwork).

1989-1992 Archaeological survey and excavations on Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands.

1989-1992 “Prehistoric Peoples of Pearls,” archaeological survey and excavation, Grenada, WI.

1988-1989 “Investigation of Huecoid lapidary on Grenada,” West Indies.

1987 “Lost Landfalls of Columbus,” archaeological and geological survey and excavations on Crooked and Acklins Islands, Bahamas (June and July).

1986-1987 Director, Wateree Archaeological Research Project, Department of Anthropology and South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of South Carolina, Columbia.

1986-1987 Archaeology Lab Director, Department of Anthropology, University of South Carolina, Columbia.

1984-1986 Archaeological survey of the central and southern Bahamas.

1983-1985 Stable isotope analysis of prehistoric diets in the Caribbean and South Florida, with Dr. Michael J. DeNiro, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles.

1982 Field Supervisor, Caribbean Research Foundation, archaeological excavations on Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands.

1981 Investigation of Lucayan burials submerged in Lucayan Cavern and 3-D Cave, Grand Bahama Island.

1978-1980 Archaeological excavations, experimental studies, and the Lucayan Fishing Project. Pine Cay, Caicos Islands.

1978-1981 Crew Chief and Field Assistant, University of Connecticut, Public Archaeology Survey Team; Cultural Resource Management and Archaeological survey projects in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

1978 Field Assistant, Archaeological excavation and survey on North Caicos and Middle Caicos, research directed by Shaun D. Sullivan.

1976 Crew Chief, University of Miami Summer Field School; Roatan, Honduras; Marine Archaeology, excavation of Spanish shipwreck.

 

Grants

1999 “Before Columbus: Haiti,” $21,600 from the Center for Field Research (EARTHWATCH), Watertown, MA.

1999 “Before Columbus: Caonabo’s Homeland,” $48,000 from the Center for Field Research (EARTHWATCH), Watertown, MA.

1998 “Excavation of Paradise Park site (W-11), Jamaica,” conducted with the assistance of participant-contributors whose contributions are worth about $5,000.

1998 Caribbean Archaeology Endowment, University of Florida Foundation, $60,500.

1998 “Haiti’s Cultural Heritage,” $4,500 from the United Nations Development Program “Route 2004.”

1997 “Haiti’s Cultural Heritage,” $5,500 from the H. John Heinz III Charitable Trust.

1997 “Haiti’s Cultural Heritage,” $33,000 from the Center for Field Research (EARTHWATCH), Watertown, MA.

1997 “Before Columbus,” $40,000 from the Center for Field Research (EARTHWATCH), Watertown, MA.

1996 “Documenting Haiti’s pre-Columbian heritage,” $2,680 from American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia,

1996 “Population expansion in the northern West Indies,” $14,475 from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

1996 “Before Columbus,” $28,500 from the Center for Field Research (EARTHWATCH), Watertown, MA.

1996 Pre-doctoral award to Anne V. Stokes, “Stable isotope analysis of prehistoric West Indian diets,” $12,450 from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, under my supervision.

1995 “Before Columbus,” $38,500 from the Center for Field Research (EARTHWATCH), Watertown, MA.

1994 “Graduate Assistant: Handbook of Latin American Studies, Library of Congress,” $3,360 from Academic Affairs, University of Florida.

1994 Contract: Radian Corporation, “Survey of proposed FAA site on Great Inagua, Bahamas,” $2,250.

1994 Contract: “Water Cay and Silly Creek Developments,” $1,000 from developers, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.

1993-1994 “Pre-Columbian Cultural Interactions in the Northern West Indies,” $13,945 from the National Geographic Society, Committee for Research and Exploration, Washington, D.C.

1993-1994 “Miscellaneous Grants and Donors,” $16,000.

1993 “Middle Caicos Road Project,” $2,500 from Department of Public Works and Governor’s Office, Turks and Caicos.

1992-1993 “Archaeological Reconnaissance of Grand Cayman,” $1,300 from the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA. With an additional $500 from the Florida Museum of Natural History.

1992-1993 “Contract: Survey of Proposed Aerostat Base, Great Inagua, Bahamas,” $3,500 from U.S. Treasury Department, U.S. Customs, Washington, D.C.

1992-1993 “Graduate Research Assistantship Program: Taino Craft Specialization on Grand Turk,” $8,360 from the Division of Sponsored Research, University of Florida.

1990-1991 “Miscellaneous Donors and Grants,” $5,000.

1990-1992 “People of Amuana (Grand Turk), A.D. 1492,” $5,000 from the Nova Albion Foundation, Nut Tree, CA.

1990-1991 “Prehistoric Peoples of Pearls, Grenada,” $14,000 from the Division of Sponsored Research, University of Florida.

1990 “Prehistoric Peoples of Pearls, Grenada,” co-PI with Annie Cody, $13,000 from the Foundation for Field Research, Alpine, CA.

1990 SGER: Emergency Funds for Collections Compaction,” co-PI with William H. Marquardt, $5,000 from NSF: Small Grants for Exploratory Research.

1989-1990 “Improvement of Stable Isotopic Research Facilities at the University of Florida,” co-PI with D. A. Hodell, K. K. Elkins, C. L. Schelske, D. S. Jones, $40,876 from NSF: Earth Science – Instrumentation & Facilities and a $41,729 match from the UF.

1988-1990 “First Environmental Images,” $30,000 exhibit grant from Elizabeth Ordway Dunn Foundation, through the Department of Interpretation, Florida Museum of Natural History.

1988-1989 “Ripley P. and Adelaide K. Bullen Research Library in Caribbean Archaeology: Collection Inventory and Bibliography,” $3,400 from the Florida Museum of Natural History Associates, Inc.

1987-1989 “Stable Isotopic Analysis of Human Diet,” $6,155 from Division of Sponsored Research, University of Florida.

1988 Graduate Research Assistantship Program: Analysis of Faunal Remains from Crooked Island, Bahamas,” $1,156 from Division of Sponsored Research, University of Florida.

1987 “Lost Landfalls of Columbus,” co-PI with Steven W. Mitchell, $26,500 from the Center for Field Research (EARTHWATCH), Watertown, MA.

1978-1985 “Archaeological Research in the Turks and Caicos Islands, $5,000 from the Foundation for the Protection of Reefs and Islands from Degradation and Exploitation, Pine Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands.

1983-1985 Dissertation research,” $2,900 from the Department of Anthropology, Friends of Archaeology, and Graduate Division, University of California, Los Angeles.