Brandi excavates a test pit

Lucayan Ecological Archaeology Project

Field School, Miami University

January 2016

During the winter of 2016, I excavated a Lucayan domestic site on San Salvador Island in The Bahamas as part of Miami University's archaeology field school.

The main goals of the field school were the following:

  1. Contribute to ongoing research through the Lucayan Ecological Archaeology Project
  2. Learn proper excavation and laboratory techniques and practices
  3. Become familiar with Lucayan artifacts in a lab setting

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 approximately 900 AD until European contact.

In addition to working in the field, I also worked in the lab at the Gerace Research Center.

Field School Outcomes

Shell blank
Shell blank found on site

This field school had three primary outcomes:

  1. Presentation of our findings at the Gerace Research Center
  2. Collaboration with geologists also working at the Gerace Research Center for lithic identification
  3. The discovery of artifacts and ecofacts such as: Shell (including food, blanks and beads), Ceramic sherds, fire cracked rock, stone tools, chert cores
students using a sieve
A fine-mesh sieve was used for bead collection