Tibes

While in Salinas, we rented a car to provision again and to take a tour of the archeological site at Tibes.  Here is the car after heading to Walmart (with a grocery store0 Home Depot, and then a local grocery store.  There were more bags inside the car too.  Yes, we know that they eat in the Bahamas.  You might not know it from our shopping spree.

They don't have grocery stores in the Bahamas, do they?

They don’t have grocery stores in the Bahamas, do they?

It took two trips in the dinghy to get everything back to the boat.

Trip 1 of 2.

Trip 1 of 2.

The Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Tibes was absolutely amazing.  This is one of the largest archeological sites in this part of the Caribbean.  The site was inhabited from around 25 AD to at least 1,000 AD and was eventually abandoned.  At least two different cultures lived there, the Igneri and the pre-Tainos.  The portions of the site that are uncovered include at least 7 ball courts (batey) and two plazas.

Even the story of the rediscovery of the site is quite interesting.  In 1975 a tropical storm brought floods to the area.  These uncovered parts of the sidewalks seen below.  A local farmer noticed them and eventually brought them to the attention of local archeologists.  While much has been excavated, we left with the impression that much more lies ahead.  As our guide walked around, he would stop and pull out shards of pottery and sea shells just laying on the surface.

 

Batey field.  Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Tibes

Batey field. Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Tibes

Sun-shaped field.  Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Tibes

Sun-shaped field. Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Tibes

Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Tibes

Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Tibes

Petroglyph, Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Tibes

Petroglyph, Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Tibes

 

 

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