Archive for the ‘Caribbean archaeology’ Category

Searching for Noah’s Ark Exponential
September 14, 2019

My LAMAR Institute colleagues, namely Rita Elliott, Dawn Chapman Ashlock and P.T. Ashlock, II and myself recently returned from the Sea Change Conference in Blackpool, UK. Dawn and I were co-presenters at that conference, which Dawn dished out to the audience with somber gusto. Our talk was about the historical relationship between humans, the Atlantic Ocean and Georgia’s barrier island of Ossabaw. Ossabaw Island is Georgia’s third largest barrier island. It is located at the mouth of the Ogeechee River, about 7 miles from Savannah. In our presentation, we foresaw evil portent of the gloom AND doom variety, thanks in no small part to the input from Dr. Clark Alexander and those busy science bees at NOAA. Meanwhile, a former Class 5, by then downgraded to a mere Class 3 Hurricane was passing by Ossabaw Island’s shores. I plan to upload our presentation on the LAMAR Institute’s website in the near future. In the meantime, you better get out your hammers and saws, cause we’zz about to “Wade in the Water, Wade in the Water Children, Wade in the Water…glub, glub glub, GLOBAL WARMING”!

Dirt Under the Nails, North End Plantation, Ossabaw Island, circa 2007?


15 Men (and 2 women) on a deadman’s chest
December 19, 2009

Rita and I returned today from a weeklong excursion to the southern tip of the U.S. Travel to Savannah by Saturn to Miami by Amtrak to Key West by Shuttle to Tortugas by Ferry and return by same. Among the highlights, our ferry served to escort 17 new Cuban arrivals from Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas to Key West. Their boat, on which they floated for two days, was tiny and patched together. Below are two photos: one shows their boat, as viewed from inside Fort Jefferson; the other shows a group of them (and me, a NPS law enforcement officer and another tourist) on our ferry for the return ride.

Don’t Mess with my Tutu Village
December 23, 2008

The Tutu Archaeological Village Site: A Case Study in Human Adaptation

Book by Elizabeth Righter, editor; Routledge, 2002. 379 pgs. Price around $260 US.


The first prehistoric village ever excavated in the Virgin Islands was located in Tutu, St. Thomas. Archaeologists conducted excavations in the early 1990s prior to the construction of a K-Mart store. Rita Elliott and me (Daniel Thornton Elliott, esquire) were part of the crew for about two weeks.  Elizabeth Righter assembled a fine book detailing the excavation and its findings. Unfortunately we cannot afford the book. For a preview, visit:

Also available online in electronic format:

And this work at Tutu resulted in spin-off research, including this one:

Two views of Tutu:tutu_twoviews1