Reed Travel Features
LA ROMANA -- Guests of Viva Resorts' Club Dominicus Beach in the
Dominican Republic can take advantage of archaeological outings to
nearby East National Park, where an ongoing expedition is
uncovering artifacts and ceremonial plazas dating to the 1500s.
The property recently hosted an archaeological team from Indiana
University, which is conducting a study at East National Park to
unveil remnants of the Taino civilization. The archaeological team
is working with partners from East National Park and the
Universidad Catolica Santo Domingo on the project.
The Tainos, Indians who welcomed Christopher Columbus to the
island of Hispaniola, fell prey to disease and warfare in the early
1500s, and archaeologists believe the civilization was wiped out by
Little was known about the Tainos until the expedition began, as
remnants largely were hidden by jungles, caves and other natural
camouflage. The ongoing expedition has uncovered a wealth of Taino
artifacts, most of which have been hidden and protected under 200
feet of water, at the bottom of a jungle sinkhole.
The property will arrange for guests to talk with archaeologists
about the expedition, according to a spokeswoman, and guests can go
on independent excursions to East National Park, where they can
hike through the jungle and view Taino rock art.
Nightly rates through April 12 at the inclusive resort start at
$120 per person, double. For more details or to book, call (800)
898-9968 or (800) 74-CHARMS.