Underwater Archaeology of Bluefields Bay Jamaica

Project Abstract

Bluefields Bay has a rich underwater maritime history that complements known terrestrial sites on and near the shore that date to the prehispanic occupation of the area, as well as its colonial and postcolonial periods. These latter components include a hypothesized Spanish fortification, British colonial port and defense-related infrastructure, and several other structures. All of these components will be investigated during the field school. The preliminary underwater survey of Bluefields Bay in 2008 used snorkeling and short dives to find cannons and other evidence that could link the underwater sites with those inland. We will investigate the connections between these sites using underwater archaeological methods and synthesize the results in presentations during Scholars Week at Murray State University in the Fall of 2019.

Funding Type

Research Grant

Academic College

College of Humanities and Fine Arts


Liberal arts with focuses in Archaeology and Art History and a minor in Psychology


Bachelors of Science




Mrs. Marcie Venter, PhD.

Academic College

Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology

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