Archaeologist Luis Chanlatte, Center for Archaeological Investigation at UPR/Río Piedras, will be with us at the Puerto Ferro Man Archaeological Site this Saturday to speak about the cultural and scientific importance of the findings at this place. In 1991, Chanlatte and colleague, Arq. Yvonne Narganes, found the skeletal remains of a man who lived there around 4 thousand years ago!, making this one of the most important sites in this part of the Caribbean. Unfortunately, due to lack of interest by the Puerto Rican government, lack of funds locally and at UPR, this place is abandoned and under attack. The entrance to the site is in terrible conditions and is used as a clandestine dump.
On two occasions this year, delinquents have vandalized with graffiti the giant rocks that define the place. Others enter with vehicles and pass over the area on the way to steal sand from a dry riverbed behind the complex of giant boulders. There is no security in the area nor is there any systematic maintenance. The Municipal Government has recently committed to help clean up the area, together with citizen brigades. For these reasons, we invite all Viequenses who value their culture and the historic resources like the Puerto Ferro Archaeological Site and the public in general to be at this magic space on Saturday, 10 September from 9am. We’ll do some clean up of trash and vegetation in the area. Also, we’ll hand out informational sheets on the road that passes by the entrance, in coordination with the Police and the Police Athletic League.
In addition to Chanlatte, representatives from the Police and Natural Resources will explain the laws that protect the place and that need help from a community on watch to educate neighbors and family and punish those who break the law by throwing trash or in other ways damage this treasure from Viequense ancestors. See you on Saturday from 9am to 12 pm… please bring water, tools, pick ups, plastic bags, gloves, trimmers, machetes, etc…. we’ll work from 9 to 10.30 then participate in an ‘in situ class’ about one of the most important cultural, archaeological and spiritual places in this part of the world.
Participating in this invitation are: Fort Count Mirasol Museum/Institute of Puerto Rican Culture; Vieques Municipal Administration; Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust; Vieques Chamber of Commerce; Puerto Rico and Municipal Police; citizens.