VIERS (Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station)
Greater Lameshur Bay on St. John, USVI
June 7 -17, 2017
Students in the Ohio State Global Sustainability class (ANTH5194 ) spent 10 days researching at the Virgin Islands Environmental Research Station (VIERS) in St. John, USVI.
Their project was in conjunction with John Foster and the Petroglyph archives at UCLA. Mr. Foster is the chief archaeologist emeritus for California State Parks. He has been all over the world studying, measuring and detailing different Petroglyphs (rock carvings).
Students worked online and through video classes to understand the process and terminology before setting out on their endeavor.
The Taino Indians, a subgroup of the Arawak in South America and the Greater Antilles, carved these specific petroglyphs, on St. John. The Petroglyphs on St. John have been photographed, but never measured and documented for the Petroglyph archives. Students in the class, under the direction of Dr. Sheli Smith, researched, measured, and created drawings to be included in the Petroglyph archives. Upon completion, they presented and defended their work in front of an authentic audience from Calabasas High School in Los Angeles. Calabasas High School was also at VIERS in a combined California State University, Northridge and Calabasas High School joint program studying marine biology.