Unearthing the Story of Tibes

Unearthing the Story of Tibes: New Looks at an Ancient Society

We also now know that the development of this ceremonial center happened gradually and not rapidly; most probably in stages involving the destruction of old structures, and the construction and re-construction of new ones, leading eventually to the spatial distribution of structures that we see at Tibes today. This suggests that the relations between groups may have changed through time, as well.

Despite these advances, there is still much work to be done. The information collected to date has helped develop new working hypotheses based on new premises. But, at the end of the day, it has helped us get closer to the real story of the rise and fall of the Ceremonial Center of Tibes.

L. Antonio Curet is an archaeologist who specializes in Caribbean and Mesoamerican ancient history. He is currently the Curator of Archaeology at the National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution. This project has been conducted in collaboration with the City of Ponce and it includes specialists from several American universities and colleagues and students from Puerto Rico, the U.S., the Netherlands and Colombia. Funds for the project have been provided throughout the years by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the Heinz Foundation and more recently by the 2015 Smithsonian Scholarly Studies Awards Programs in the Arts and Humanities. For more information on Tibes and the archaeological project, see: Luis A. Curet and Lisa M. Stringer. Tibes: People, Power, and Ritual at the Center of the Cosmos. (University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa: 2010.)