An exciting week of activities awaits local history buffs, as the Barbados Museum and Historical Society (BMHS) hosts Amerindian Archaeology Week from Monday, November 23, to Saturday, November 28.

The week commences next Monday, with a special tour of the Prehistoric Barbados Exhibition. The event will be for BMHS members.?? It will be led by the Museum’s Curator of History and Archaeology, Kevin Farmer and Professor Peter L Drewett, Emeritus Professor of Archaeology, University of Sussex, United Kingdom.

The exhibition, which runs until January 15, 2010, is a "journey to a time when the island may have been populated by its earliest inhabitants around 2000BC and then around 250 AD."

On the same day, a public lecture entitled "Prehistoric Barbados: 25 years of field research" will take place at the Museum, starting at 7:30 p.m. It will be presented by Professor Drewett.

On Wednesday, November 25, the Museum will host an "Amerindian finds drop-in session" where persons who have discovered any interesting artifacts are invited to come in for recording and identification.

On Friday, November 27, a public lecture on the topic "From Prehistoric Guadeloupe to Prehistoric Barbados" will be delivered by Dr. Maaike S. de Waal, Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. It will get under way at 7:30 p.m. at the headquarters of the BMHS.

The week culminates on Saturday, November 28, with a field trip to various Amerindian sites across Barbados. It will commence at 10:00 a.m. at the Barbados Museum and participants will visit Silver Sands, Chancery Lane, Three Houses, Hillcrest, Greenland and Port St. Charles.

Interested persons are asked to call or email the museum by Monday, November 23, to book their seats on the bus. They are also asked to bring bottled water and a packed lunch.

Further information may be obtained by contacting the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Garrison, St. Michael at 427-0201 or email

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