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Lucayan Ecological Archaeology Project

Digging at the Lucayan dig siteDuring the winter of 2016, I had the opportunity to excavate a Lucayan domestic site on San Salvador Island in The Bahamas as part of Miami University's archaeology field school. Our excavations were part of the Lucayan Ecological Archaeology Project, which is an ongoing project led by Dr. Mary Jane Berman and Dr. Perry Gnivecki. Our team worked at the Pigeon Creek Site (SS1), and we worked in areas that span early through late lucayan, dating from aproximately 900 AD until European contact. In addition to working in the field, I also had the opportunity to work in the lab at the Gerace Research Center.

Project Goals: 1-Contributing to ongoing research through the Lucayan Ecological Archaeology Project, 2-Learning proper excavation and laboratory techniques and practices, 3-Becoming familiar with Lucayan artifacts in a lab setting
Project Outcomes
Posing in the pit
Working at the Pigeon Creek Site

Types of Artifacts and Ecofacts Found:
Shell (including food, blanks and beads), Ceramic sherds, fire cracked rock, stone tools, chert cores

Special Find:
We discovered the largest chert core found on San Salvador island, weighing over 10 pounds.

Cleaning an artifact
Uncovering a large chert core
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