au Forbans, Sainte-Marie Island, Madagascar. Photo credit: John
Dr. de Bry was the Chief Archaeologist on three expeditions to Madagascar
(January-November 2000), sponsored by the Discovery Channel, to locate
and investigate the wreck of the Adventure Galley (1698) abandoned by
Captain William Kidd in the natural harbor of Sainte-Marie Island, off
the northeast coast of Madagascar. In addition to the Adventure Galley,
the wreck of the pirate ship the Fiery Dragon (1721) was also discovered
and positively identified. The expeditions and findings were the subject
of a major documentary, The Quest for Captain Kidd, which premiered
on the Discovery Channel on Sunday, June 10, 2001.
view of La Amiga Island
(Ile a Rat), north coast of Haiti.
Photo credit: B. Clifford.
projects include consulting on the archaeological
excavation of Taino Indian site on Ile-à-Rat, off the north coats
of Haiti and archaeological field work on the northeast coast
of Haiti under the auspices of the Haitian Ministry of Culture, the
United Nations Project Development (UNPD), and the United Nations Education,
Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO). The Project is aimed at identifying,
investigating, and protecting terrestrial and submerged archaeological
sites. Among its goals are to resume excavations at the En Bas Saline
site to determine if it represents the village of Guacanagaric, the
Taino cacique who greeted and provided shelter to Christopher Columbus
and his men following the grounding of Columbus’s flagship, the
de Bry cleaning a bronze cannon in situ on the wreck of
the La Belle. Photo credit: Texas Historical Commission.
Dr. de Bry was the historical archaeologist and principal archival investigator
for the La Salle Shipwreck Project. In July 1995, a team of researchers
led by the Texas Historical Commission made one of the most remarkable
underwater archaeological discoveries in decades; a 300-year-old shipwreck,
the Belle, once belonging to famous French explorer La Salle. Texas
State Marine Archaeologist Barto Arnold has hailed this discovery as
“the earliest and most significant French vessel found in this
John de Bry in the Map Room of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.
Photo credit: Stephane Compoint/SYGMA
Dr. de Bry conducts ongoing archival research and analysis all over
Petroglyphs were found carved into a stone outcropping at one project.
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