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Ile au Forbans, Sainte-Marie Island, Madagascar. Photo credit: John de Bry.

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.

Aerial view of La Amiga Island
(Ile a Rat), north coast of Haiti.
Photo credit: B. Clifford.

Current 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 Santa Maria.

John 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 hemisphere.”

Dr. 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 the world.



Rare Petroglyphs carved into stone.Rare Petroglyphs were found carved into a stone outcropping at one project.  Click the picture to enlarge.















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