XXVII International Association for Caribbean Archaeology

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands July 23-29, 2017



Wednesday Afternoon

Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve
We will travel by bus to a group of four sites in the Salt River Estuary. Estate Concordia is the birthplace of Hubert Harrison, an important leader in the Harlem Renaissance of the late 19th/early 20th Century. The Morningstar water pumping tower is a late 18th century masonry tower for pumping fresh water. The Visitor Contact Station of the National Park Service Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve is the public center of the Park. It has exhibits about the site and overlooks the

“Columbus Landing Site.”  The Columbus Landing Site includes the locations of the Ball Court found and removed to Denmark in 1922-1923 by Gudman Hatt, as well as Fort Salé, an English, Dutch, and French fort active from 1640-1696. We will visit this area. The parking lot is the site of the massive 1922- 3 Gudman Hatt dig. While there has been much looting of the site over the years, major portions remain intact.


Saturday Excursions

Christiansted $ 25
Leave the hotel at 8:30 AM, arrive in Christiansted before 9:00 AM. From there you can go to the Fort Christianvaern, take the walking tour of the town, tour the “Free Gut” area, or visit museums in town, including The Archaeology or Apothecary Museum. Christiansted is one of the oldest planned towns in the Americas. It was laid out on a Cartesian grid in 1733. The town was built over the next 70 years with covered sidewalks around the harbor of Christiansted, formerly the French “Basin”.

St. Georges and Cruzan Rum Distillery $ 50
Departure time TBA. Visit the Botanical Garden at St. George’s Village, built on an indigenous site as a plantation active from the 1750 to the 1940s. This will be followed by a visit to the Cruzan Rum Distillery.


Ken Wild with the National Park Service will offer a tour of St. John and the Virgin Islands
National Park on Sunday, July 30, 2017.  Details TBA.


To inquire about each tour, please contact David Hayes at:



University of Alabama archaeologist Eric Stauder working in the shadow of an 18th century sugar mill near Christiansted.