In July 2004, a cooperation started between the Faculty of Archaeology and the Museo del Hombre Dominicano and the (University College London, England, Dr. José Oliver), to explore the possibilities to jointly undertake archaeological investigations in the Dominican Republic.
These investigations would be under the umbrella of the pan-European project ‘ Living and dying in a Taíno community'. The interplay of quotidian and ritual behaviours in the pre-Columbian Dominican Republic’, conducted by an international team of researchers from the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University (co-directors Dr. M.L.P. Hoogland and Dr. C.L. Hofman); the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (co-director Dr. J.R. Oliver); and the CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique)/UMR des Amériques, Université de Paris X-Nanterre (Dr. S. Rostain) in cooperation with the Museo del Hombre Dominicano, the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, and the Fundación García Arévalo, all in Santo Domingo.
Excavations would take place in the context of a fieldschool bringing together students from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic.