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A site along the “Ruta de Colón” – El Flaco (Dominican Rep.) field-campaign 2015

From the 15th of May until the 15th of July 2015, a third fieldwork campaign takes place at the site El Flaco, located at the foot of the Cordillera Septentrional in the Valverde Region in the north-western Dominican Republic. An international group of more than 25 researchers, students, and local community members will spend the next two months excavating, analysing and processing data and materials.

Fieldwork at El Flaco

In 2013 and 2014, it already became evident from the findings that the site El Flaco fits perfectly the ERC Synergy Project’s Nexus1492 objectives.

Situated along the Ruta de Colón, the site of El Flaco contributes to our understanding of indigenous cultures and societies as well as of the lifeways and deathways of the peoples who inhabited this part of the Americas on the eve of the arrival of the Europeans.

This year’s field campaign started off with several presentations on the NEXUS 1492 project and the excavations at El Flaco by  Prof. Dr. Corinne Hofman (principal investigator), Prof. Dr. Menno Hoogland (senior researcher), Joseph Sony Jean (PhD student), Katarina Enggist (PhD student), Samantha de Ruiter (PhD student HERA), and Lou de Veth (research assistant).

Throughout this two month period several excursions will be made in the area around the site in order to get an idea of the local vegetation, geology, visibility of the site, and contemporary lifeways and how this is visible in the archaeological record. Furthermore various international researchers, each with their own expertise, will present on their research and their transdisciplinary research methods and how this contributes to the research questions posed.

With a fresh group of enthusiastic students and a team of experienced and driven researchers, this year’s field campaign is promised to be an exciting one yielding novel data and contributing to a better understanding of the indigenous past.

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