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Archaeology in Haiti

The Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida, the Haitian Bureau National D’Ethnologie, the Hopital le Bon Samaritain in Limbe, Haiti and the Haitian Institut du Sauvegarde de de Patrimoine National have been collaborating since 1979 in the excavation and study of two of northern Haiti’s most important archaeological sites.

En Bas Saline

En Bas Saline is the site of a very large classic Taino town occupied between about AD1200 and AD 1530. It is thought to have been the principal town of the cacique Guacanagarí, which is where Columbus established his tiny settlement of La Navidad in 1492, after the wreck of the Santa María.

Puerto Real

Puerto Real was one of the earliest Spanish cities in the Americas, established in 1503 and abandoned in 1578. It was a center for cattle ranching and smuggling

Our Sponsors

  • The Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Musee de Guahaba, Limbé, Haiti
  • Bureau National D’Ethnologie D’Haiti
  • University of Florida Institute for Early Contact Period Studies
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities
  • The National Science Foundation
  • The Organization of American States
  • The National Geographic Society
  • Discovery Communications, Inc.
  • The Wentworth Foundation
  • University of Florida Office of Research and Graduate Education