Touching the Taíno Underworld: Archaeological Explorations of Submerged Caverns and Rock Art in the Dominican Republic

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Zumberge Hall (ZHS), 252
3651 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

When Columbus first landed in the Americas, he was greeted by the Taíno. Little was known about these people who were swept away by diseases that came with Columbus and his crew. John Foster's research shines a light on Taíno culture through discoveries found in flooded underground caverns that served as portals to their underworld and rock art that details their ideas of the cosmos.

Foster will also introduce a unique conservation approach: “Living Museums of the Sea” that protect heritage sites in place while providing for visitation and sustainability.

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop




University Park Campus


caverns, archaeology, Dornsife, uscarc, uscarchaeology, underwaterarchaeology, dominicanrepublic, taino, caves

Archaeology Research Center
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