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The Macoríx Archaeological Project-Dominican Republic

Location: Punta Rucia, Dominican Republic

June 27, 2012 to July 31, 2012

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, June 24, 2012

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



University College London, Institute for Field Research and California State University Northridge

Project Director:

Dr. Jose R. Oliver (, University College London

Project Description

Fieldwork takes place in the Punta Rucia-La Isabela region of northern Dominican Republic – witness to the first traumatic encounter between Europeans and aborigines in the Americas in 1493. The Project investigates the impact of the Spanish Conquest on the ways of life of the Taino/Chicoid (Arawakan) and Macorix/Meillacoid (non-Arawakan-speaking) aborigines. It explores their origins, inter-ethnic relationships and their expressions of community identity evidenced through archaeological/cultural materials. In 2012, excavations will take place at the large Macorix/ Meillacoid settlement of Popi/Los Matos. Working alongside colleagues and students from the Museo del Hombre Dominicano, IFR students will gain first-hand experience in field archaeology techniques/methods and how to interpret the data.

Period(s) of Occupation: Contact Period

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full season

Minimum age: 
18 years old

Experience required: 
No prior experiance required

Room and Board Arrangements

While in Santo Domingo, students will stay at a modest but clean La Residence Hotel and/or other similar accommodations in the same street. La Residence is conveniently located between the Museo del Hombre and the downtown colonial area. La Residence address is Calle Danae No. 62.  Tel. (809) 412-7298, 412-7299.
During fieldwork, students will be housed in the Hotel LA TORTUGA in the fishing village of Punta Rucia, near the town of Estero Hondo (see web link: Both hotels have single and double bedrooms. Students will be assigned rooms by the Project Director (based on gender in the case of double bedrooms), although every effort will be made accommodate student wishes regarding room-mate preferences.
The project provides meals for the duration of the Field Project (28 June to 30 July, inclusive). In the field, breakfast and dinner are prepared by a cook and lunch packs will be made by students.
Please let us know when you apply to this project if you have special dietary needs, as well as any medical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.

$4,450 CSU system students; $4,600 all others

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
California State University Northridge
Number of credits offered 8 Semester credit units
$4,950 CSU system students; $5,100 all others


Contact Information
Ran Boytner
1855 Industrial St. #106
Los Angeles
213 740-7457