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COM participates in 28
2019-08-14
COM participates in 28
COM participates in 28th AIAC Congress
COM participates in 28th AIAC Congress
COM participates in 28th AIAC Congress
"The International Association for Caribbean Archeology, AIAC brings together professional and amateur archaeologists from the Caribbean and the Caribbean Basin. Its geographical area of ​​activity includes not only the Small and Large Antilles but also the continental fringes bordering the Caribbean whose prehistoric and historical cultures are often in correlation with those of the West Indies arc.

The Association aims to promote Caribbean archeology both locally and regionally since its creation in 1962. It ensures the preservation of archaeological sites in the region. It is a meeting place for archaeologists to exchange the latest results of their research. A convention is held every two years in one of the countries of the Caribbean. "

Source: https://blogs.uoregon.edu/iaca/fr/

After 2015's congresses in Saint-Martin / Sint Maarten and 2017 in Sainte Croix, the 28e congress of the AIAC took place from 21 to 27 last July in Barbados under the theme "Re-examining Self, Caribbean Archeology in the 21st Century ". A hundred delegates were gathered this year under the presidency of Jay Haviser, archaeologist in charge of the Sint Maarten Archaeological Center (SIMARC).

Program of the presentations of the 28eme congress of the AIAC and displays:

https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.uoregon.edu/dist/3/13484/files/2019/07/2019_IACA_28_HANDBOOK_FINAL_SPREADS_min.pdf

Following the passage of Major Hurricane Irma, two archaeological survey campaigns were conducted on the entire coastline of Saint-Martin. These surveys carried out at the initiative of the Collectivité de Saint-Martin, with the financial assistance of the Ministry of Culture for the purchase of the equipment, benefited from Préfectorales authorizations.

The report produced by the archaeological and scientific mission of the Collective following these field observations shows the partial destruction of 20% of the coastal sites already listed. It also indicates the discovery of 18 new archaeological sites also damaged by the swell. The Community, concerned with the preservation of the archaeological heritage, wished to be represented at the XVth Congress of the AIAC in order to share the results of these surveys and to exchange with the community of archaeologists working in the Caribbean Region, particularly as regards feedback that will in the future to better secure this heritage in the event of a major climate event. St. Barthelemy, Barbuda, Anguilla, Sint Maarten also presented the state of their post-Irma archaeological heritage. Antillean archeology is interdependent and these exchanges between scientists and historians of the various Caribbean states are essential for the advancement of ideas to improve our knowledge of history and regional prehistory. Contacts have been made to discuss future projects in cooperation with our Caribbean neighbors in these scientific and cultural fields.


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