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Regional Archeological Congress to Meet In St. Croix in 2017

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CHRISTIANSTED – The St. Croix Archaeological Society and the St. Croix units of the National Park Service have the honor of being the hosts for the 27th biennial Congress of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology in July 2017.

This was confirmed when the members and Board of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology meeting in St. Martin accepted the invitation that had been extended to them in 2013. The Congress in 2013 was in San Juan and the 2015 Congress took place July 19 to 25 of this year in St. Martin.

This meeting brings together about two hundred of the leading archaeologists from around the world who work in the Caribbean.

Participants spend a week listening to over 100 papers and visiting sites When not in session archeologists discuss subjects of archeological interest in the Caribbean.

The topics include: pre-Columbian peoples of the Caribbean, the Africa Diaspora, the workers in all jobs in the Caribbean, standing structures, forts, villages, industry, and homes of everyone.

“At this Congress the DNA of the people of the Caribbean is often discussed and the complex waves and intermingling of the people here are shown,” St. Croix Archaeological Society President David Hayes said.

The Congress will take place at the Divi Carina Bay Resort starting Sunday July 24 in 2017, and run to the following weekend. Trips will be taken to many of the archeological sites on St. Croix.

A post-Congress tour to St. John and St. Thomas will take place if ferry service can be obtained. The St. Croix chapter is raising the funds needed to put this first International Association for Caribbean Archaeology Congress in the Virgin Islands.

For more information please contact David_hayes_stx@stcroixarchaeology.org

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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