Although the Cayman Islands were only settled about 300 years ago, the maritime history of the islands spans five centuries.
The next instalment of the Spring Speaker Series at the Cayman Islands National Museum, which is scheduled for Tuesday, 7 May, will cover the shipwrecks and the maritime heritage of the islands.
Hosted by Peggy Leshikar-Denton, museum director, the media presentation will examine the foundations of archaeology in the Cayman Islands, the types of maritime heritage sites and special archaeological sites.
Ms Leshikar Denton is a maritime archaeologist and, in addition to many years in Cayman, she has worked in Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States, Spain and Turkey. Her area of interest is seafaring, ships and shipwrecks in the Caribbean, as well as the protection and management of these cultural heritage sites.
During the presentation, she will discuss the Maritime Heritage Trail, proposed shipwreck preserves and special opportunities to investigate rare sites that can be interpreted in museum exhibition.
The presentation takes place at 6pm in the museum’s audio-visual theatre. Attendance is $10 for the general public and $6 for members, and includes complimentary refreshments.