“Although archaeologists have been coming to Nevis for over 30 years or more, in terms of Pre-Colombian material there has not been a whole lot of excavation. We know where most of the sites are but the excavations have been sort of limited, so we wanted to get a deep time perspective, going deep and seeing what’s happening over time,” said Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of North Carolina University Dr. Scott Fitzpatrick, describing the worksite of Amerindian settlement at Coconut Walk on July 24. Dr. Fitzpatrick explained that even though a lot of work had been done on the island within the past 30 years By other archaeologists, there was a need to link the new findings with what had already been discovered, thus providing a better understanding for the long-past culture on Nevis. According to him, the important Amerindian site dated back to the 1300’s – 1400’s and represented a large settlement. He noted further that the abundance of pieces of shells and pottery on the surface of the area was an indication that there were objects buried there that would tell how the people back then lived, ate, and about their lifestyle. When asked what motivated him to undertake the excavation, Dr. Fitzpatrick confessed that the interest to dig on Nevis was inspired By a television show called, “The Time Team.” “What we did is we went and looked at their maps and what they had done and we decided to work adjacent to some of those areas…This is an excellent place to work at, and Coconut Walk is just a really spectacular place to answer a lot of questions we have about what people were doing in Nevis over 1000 years ago and in this part of the Caribbean,” he said. Dr. Fitzpatrick said it was a little early to speak on their findings, as many of the objects found have been taken back to a lab, and that the cleaning process is time consuming. “We found some very nice artifacts that give us an idea of the woodworking, making canoes, or growing crops, some beautiful jewelery, some beads made out of stone – so that gives us a little bit of an idea of what people were doing in terms of daily life; things like that which mesh up with a lot of what other people do in the Caribbean,” he said.