When the Argyle International Airport began construction, the International Airport Development Company (IADC) in collaboration with the St. Vincent National Trust, promised Vincentians that it will do all within its power to save our national treasures, the Petroglyhs at Argyle and they have stuck to that promise and history is now being created at the Site of the Argyle International Airport.
This is being done through the removal and relocation of the Petroglyphs from the site. According to Dr. Monica Beron’ the Archaeologist leading the team, it is the first time that her team has been involved in this type of effort to save Petroglyphs or what she has described as carvings, by removing the actual rock. It is the first time that this type of work is being done in the Caribbean and possibly in the world.
Over the years the National Trust sought expertise around the world to have these Petroglyphs safely removed and relocated. These ranged from the Egyptians, to the Australians and now finally the Argentinians who are here and working on the removal of the Petroglyphs.
So far the team, assisted by IADC’s Environment and Planning Officer, Cametha John and Manager of the SVG National Trust Laverne Bentick-Phillips, has successfully excavated four pieces of rocks bearing seven Petroglyphs in total. There are still two pieces of rocks with Petroglyphs remaining to be excavated.
The four member team from Argentina is headed by Archaeologist Dr. Monica Beron’, and includes; Geologist Horacio Villalba, Stone expert Dario Guayanes and Student of Geology Juan Pablo Villalba. The team is scheduled to leave St. Vincent on June 17th.
This cooperative effort to have the Petroglyphs removed was made possible through the kind cooperation of the government of Argentina and the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.