Archaeology student 1


Founded in 1981, the Archaeology Centre is the centre of archaeological activity in Trinidad and Tobago. Administered by resident archaeologist, Prof. Basil Reid, the Centre bears the following responsibilities:

  1. It initiates archaeological research at U.W.I.
  2. In consultation with the Archaeological Committee of Trinidad and Tobago, it updates the national inventory of all known sites in the twin island republic.
  3. It undertakes the mapping, surveying and excavation of sites in Trinidad and Tobago
  4. It publishes, on a timely basis, reports on archaeological activity in Trinidad and Tobago.
  5. It works closely with the Archaeological Committee in the archaeological heritage management of Trinidad and Tobago.


Head, Archaeology Centre

Prof. Basil Reid

Dr. Basil Reid

Curriculum Vitae


Basil A. Reid is a Professor of Archaeology in the Department of History at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. His major research interests are the pre-colonial archaeology of the Caribbean, Caribbean archaeology and geoinformatics, precolonial Caribbean farmers and Caribbean heritage. He has published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, and has authored, edited and co-edited several books on a variety of topics relating to Caribbean archaeology and heritage. His books include Archaeology and Geoinformatics: Case Studies from the Caribbean (2008), Myths and Realities of Caribbean History (2009), A Crime Solving Toolkit: Forensics in the Caribbean (2009), Caribbean Heritage (2012) and Encyclopedia of Caribbean Archaeology (2014). He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology and the Archaeological Society of Jamaica. Professor Reid was the Lead Archaeologist of the Red House Restoration Archaeological Project in Port of Spain, Trinidad from July 1, 2013 to January 31, 2015. His forthcoming books are: The Archaeology of Caribbean and Circum-Caribbean Farmers (6000 BC – AD 1500) and An Archaeological Study of the Red House, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He currently serves of the Senior Representative for Central America and the Caribbean on the Council of the World Archaeological Congress (WAC).


Arch students 3






Banwari Man 1

Banwari Fossil c. 3400BC (Discovered in South Trinidad)


Banwari Trace

Discovering Banwari Man (Newsday Article)





Archaeology Centre

Department of History

2nd Floor Humanities Building South

Faculty of Humanities and Education

The University of the West Indies

St. Augustine

1-868-662-2002 ext. 83773