Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Archaeological land

St Vincent and the Grenadines is fast becoming an archaeological treasure. In 2008 or thereabouts a team of Canadian archaeologists doing excavations around the proposed Argyle Intl Airport site struck gold. Pottery. other artifacts and 22 skeletons widely believed to date back 2000 years were found. Back then the lead archaeologist found that the pottery style were indicative of Saladoid culture, a style associated with the Arawaks while others reflect those produced by the Caribs 1500 years ago.

On October 27th, while the nation celebrated its 33rd year of independence; villagers in Clare Valley delivered to her an unlikely birthday gift. While digging a sewage pit for their church the villagers spotted pieces of pottery and carefully dug and removed them from the earth. By the time the dust had settled, they had unearthed the second largest pottery find ever found in the Caribbean. The pots believed to be over 1600 yrs old are also believed to be from the Saladoid era.

These finds are very exciting since they help us with a better understanding of not only our ancestors but ourselves. We have proof that long before the Europeans came we were a mighty people, proud and secure in the knowledge of who we were and what we represented. Our history is rich and these tangible items continue to prove it. For a young fledgling nation struggling with identity crises we could not have received a better Independence gift.

Happy independence and congratulaion on finding such rich history.

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