Archeologist Haviser and Simarc students heading to Martinique for the International Congress for Caribbean Archaeology (IACA)

POSTED: 07/21/11 11:33 AM

St. MaartenTwo high school students – Kess Lusia (Milton Peters Colege) and Luis Hurtault (St. Maarten Academy) – will join Director of the St. Maarten Archeological Center (SIMARC) Dr. Jay Haviser at the International Congress for Caribbean Archaeology (IACA) which will be held in Martinique starting next week. The trio will form a delegation under the SIMARC banner and their participation in the conference was funded by the Mondriaan Foundation, via Regeling KulturA of the Netherlands, with an additional funding contribution by the St. Maarten Lions Club.

Lusia and Hurtault will speak about the youth and archaeology programs SIMARC on St. Maarten and BONAI on Bonaire, and the various projects conducted over the last two years. Two former SIMARC students – Chris Velasquez and Matthew Halley – also participated in the IACA Congress at Antigua in 2009. Velasquez is currently studying Archaeology at Brooklyn College New York.

Haviser will be making two presentations, one on DNA research of the three African skeletons recovered on the Zoutsteeg last year, and a second paper about archaeology of a World War II military base on Bonaire which had fieldwork conducted in 2008. All of these papers will eventually be published in the IACA Congress Proceedings Volume.

“More and more the SIMARC is being recognized as a regional research center, with archaeological assistance being requested from various other islands. On return from this IACA Martinique Congress, the SIMARC students will write about their experiences for the local St. Maarten media,” a release on the trip stated.

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