January 24, 2012
National Trust to host special session

The St Vincent and the Grenadines National Trust will hold a special presentation this evening entitled – Rewriting the Prehistory of St Vincent: Preliminary results of the 2011 SVG Public Archaeology Program.{{more}}

The presentation will be made by Margarita Guzman, Principal Archaeologist, Circle CRM Group Inc., and will take place at the Heritage Hall, in the Carnegie Building (the old Public Library) beginning at 7:00 p.m. this evening.

A release from the National Trust says the SVG Public Archaeology Program, affectionately known as SVG Digs, has been a continued and growing success, embarking on an international marketing program that recruited volunteers from two continents and three countries.

The archaeological program was designed to give volunteers hands-on experience on a professionally run excavation, as well as a unique immersion into Caribbean culture, while at the same time rescuing and recording a significant archaeological site prior to the construction of an international airport. The results of the 2011 field season were significant, identifying evidence of prehistoric structures and highly unique burials, including the recovery (and restoration) of a complete pot whose vessel form had previously been undocumented in SVG or the Caribbean.

Furthermore, it has raised awareness for archaeology among the Vincentians, as well as on an international scale. As a result of the 2011 field season, and the extent of the archaeology that remains, a 2012 Dig was approved by the International Airport Company (IADC) of St Vincent and the Grenadines; this will be an opportune chance to excavate at one of the largest known sites on the island.

Persons attending the lecture are asked to be seated by 6:45 p.m.