Field Campaigns


In 2008 and 2009 archaeological investigations at the development-threatened site of Spaanse Water, Curacao were carried out by the Caribbean Research group, Leiden Univesity.


In January 2008 a small team from the Caribbean Research Group, Leiden University, in collaboration with Dr. Lennox Honychurch of the Dominica Museum, Roseau, surveyed part of northeast Dominica in order to identify settlement sites of the Cayo complex.

Dominican Republic

From 2004 to 2008 a cooperation between the Faculty of Archaeology, the Museo del Hombre Dominicano and the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (England) led to large-scale, multi-disciplinary research at the site of El Cabo, Dominican Republic.


Between 1993 and 2000 the Faculty of Archaeology had a formal cooperation with the Service Régional de l’Archéologie de la Guadeloupe, Direction Regional des Affaires Culturelles (DRAC) and the then director André Delpuech. During that period surveys and excavations were carried out at a number of sites.


Since 2005 Leiden fieldschools have maintained local collaborations with archaeologists on Martinique carrying out surveys and excavations.


Excavations on Saba took place between 1987 and 1992, and then in 2001 and 2002.

St. Eustatius

From 20 June to 12 August 2011 a team from the Caribbean Research Group, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University and the St. Eustatius Centre for Archaeological Research (SECAR) under the direction of Dr. Grant Gilmore III, Dr. Menno Hoogland, Prof. Corinne Hofman and Dr. Alice Samson carried out Phase 2 of the archaeological assessment of the Cul-de-Sac area on St. Eustatius, commonly known as The Farm.

St. Lucia

From 2001 to 2009, the St. Lucia Archaeological and Historical Society invited Leiden University and the Florida Museum of Natural History to undertake archaeological investigations on St. Lucia. In 2009 and 2010 the Caribbean Research Group also carried out research at the site of Lavoutte in northeast St. Lucia. In total four campaigns have been conducted on St. Lucia.

St. Martin

Three sites have been investigated in 1993, all located in the northern region of the French part of the island.

St. Vincent

The Caribbean Research Group has recently been involved in fieldwork on two sites on St Vincent. Firstly Brighton Beach, and secondly Argyle.


Information on Caribbean Research Group investigations at the site of Cedros coming soon.