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Dr. Jim Garber

Dr. Garber continues work at St. George’s Caye, Belize.  This island was the original capital of Belize, and Dr. Garber’s field schools have been excavating portions of the cemetery for the past two years.  Dr. Garber’s graduate students have been helping with the cemetery excavations and the field schools have uncovered three layers of burials. The earliest of these date to the early 1700s.  In some areas of the cemetery, the high water table provides excellent preservation, and portions of mahogany coffins and other perishable artifacts are found.  In addition to work on the cemetery, Dr. Garber and his students have carried out excavations within the British military barracks on the island and surveyed several underwater shipwrecks.  For his 2012 field school, Dr. Garber plans to continue excavations within the cemetery and barracks, but also wants to locate the oldest Protestant church in Spanish America as well as excavate the Buccaneer turtle processing (BBQ pits) area on St. George’s Caye.  Dr. Garber wants to collect as much data as possible from St. George’s Caye because the location is in constant danger of being wiped off the map by hurricanes.