A group of international experts is traveling across Haiti to examine the country’s archaeological sites and develop a plan to better protect them.
Lax supervision at historic ruins and what officials say are weak laws to prosecute pillagers have led to a loss of cultural heritage that experts are seeking to reverse.
Smithsonian Institution curator Dan Rogers says there has been an extremely limited amount of archaeological work done in Haiti in recent decades. He spoke Sunday by phone as he traveled to Fort Liberte, where Haiti’s independence was declared in November 1803 and transformed the country into the world’s first black republic.
The visit comes as Haiti’s government pushes to develop the country’s nascent tourism sector and promote its archaeological heritage as it rebuilds from a devastating 2010 earthquake.