LECTURE: Thursday, November 9
Four Years and Two Shipwrecks in LaSoye Bay, Dominica
Doctoral Candidate (Anthropology), University of South Florida
Maritime archaeology work began in LaSoye Bay in 2019 as a dissertation project to complement research on a settlement discovered on LaSoye’s shore during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2016. Over years of archaeological research, we have determined that the bay is the site of an underwater and above-ground harbor that has been used for centuries. Onshore structures include a seawall, bollard (for docking ships), and an abandoned warehouse. Two sites within the bay have been identified as shipwrecks, hinting that seafaring the rough Atlantic waters of Dominica was not uncommon despite LaSoye’s small size.
Discover Weedon Island's Ancient Past
Registration is now open for the Hands-On Adult Archaeology Camps. We hope you will join us in discovering the prehistory of the Tampa Bay region.
One-week camps offered in 2024:
February 26 - March 1, and March 4 - 8!
Experience hands-on archaeology at Weedon Island Preserve, one of Florida’s preeminent archaeological sites. Work with professional archaeologists and researchers to uncover clues about the culture and lifeways of the early people who inhabited the Tampa Bay region. AWIARE offers two one-week camps where you will be part of a small group limited to eight participants each week assisting AWIARE researchers in excavation, recording data, screening sediment, and collecting artifacts, bone, and samples. You will also help sorting and processing artifacts from the excavation and other sites in the Tampa Bay area.
Archaeologists Dr. Robert Austin and Dr. John Arthur will give talks about the site and local Indigenous history.
We also will take a field trip to Emerson Point Preserve to see the Portavant Mound.
Expedition cost: $550 per week, which includes daily lunch at the AWIARE Research Station. Return campers receive a 15% discount. The camp is an active participant level with walks to and from the site over some uneven terrain.
Video courtesy of Richard Ott and FPAN.