Rio Guanajibo and LaGrange Gut

Daniel T. Elliott:
The LAMAR Institute, Inc.
Archaeological Survey of Two Watersheds: Rio Guanajibo, Puerto Rico and LaGrange Gut, St. Croix, U.S.V.I.

This poster highlights archaeological surveys of two watersheds in the Caribbean, Rio Guanajibo and LaGrange Gut, which were undertaken by the author. The Rio Guanajibo survey was conducted in 1986 by Garrow & Associates. This survey examined more than 4,000 acres in southwestern Puerto Rico. The study area extended from the headwaters of the Rio Rosaria to the Caribbean Sea at Mayaguez. Both studies, funded by the Jacksonville USACE, discovered undocumented aboriginal chert quarries and other notable sites. Historic towns in the Rio Guanajibo included San German– the second oldest city in Puerto Rico and Cabo Rojo. This was the first systematic study of this watershed since Rouse’s 1952 survey. The LaGrange Gut survey, conducted in 1992 by Southeastern Archaeological Services, examined a portion of southwestern St. Croix, U.S.V.I. While smaller in extent, LaGrange Gut included the historic town of Frederiksted and an early Moravian settlement.

Click below for a Powerpoint image summarizing these two projects:


LaGrange Plantation, St. Croix, USVI

LaGrange Plantation, St. Croix, USVI


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