In Barbados, Caribbean Ties was hosted by the Barbados Museum & Historical Society. The opening of the exhibition took place on the 25th of July, in collaboration with the 28th bi-annual International Congress for Caribbean Archaeology.
Caribbean Ties was presented in English and French.
Opening Caribbean Ties at the Barbados Museum & Historical Society (photos above courtesy of W. Cummins, all other photos courtesy of M. Antczak).
Between AD 200-400 Amerindians arrived in Barbados and permanently settled here developing distinctive pottery styles which showed their roots lay in South America. Although pottery was being made in Puerto Rico some 2000 years earlier, the first Barbados pottery is associated with the Saladoid peoples who came into the Caribbean around 500 BC. The style of Saladoid pottery suggest the ancestral home of these peoples lay in the Orinoco basin. By 200 AD horticulturalists making pottery in the Saladoid tradition were to the north, south and west of Barbados so it is now largely impossible to say from which direction the first pottery using settlers of Barbados came from.