Dr. Allan Meyers
Professor of Anthropology
Discipline Coordinator of Anthropology
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
local: (727) 864-8230
toll-free: (800) 456-9009
Cat Island, The Bahamas
Investigations at Golden Grove have have revealed one of the most remarkable archives of Bahamian ship graffiti, images of period sailing vessels that were etched into the stucco exteriors of plantation buildings. Generally associated with people of African heritage, such ship graffiti are unique to the Caribbean region. Their exact meaning is still unknown. Students documented over 100 ship images at Golden Grove during the winter term project. In the video below, Rebecca Perez ’15 creates a rubbing of sailing ship depicted on a column.
Ethnoarchaeology & Geochemistry
Whitney Neugebauer '09, an anthropology and geology double major who is now in graduate school at the University of Washington, conducted a study of soil chemistry patterns around a recently abandoned house site near the Hacienda Tabi Reserve. With the assistance of local translators, Whitney collected ethnographic information from the Maya-speaking former inhabitants of the site. She then mapped the site and collected soil samples across the floors of what were once a thatched roof Maya house and kitchen. She analyzed the soil samples in a field lab for key chemical signatures. Her senior thesis compared the ethnographic information with the resulting chemical concentrations in and around the house and kitchen. In doing so, the thesis tested a model of soil chemistry that is used by scientists studying more ancient Maya archaeological sites.