Our Goals

  • Map and document the caves and its contents
  • Understand the history of cave flooding over the last 20,000 years
  • Fully document the cave’s paleontology and the paleoecology of its surroundings
  • Completely study Naia’s remains to better know Amercia’s first inhabitants

Our Current Activities

  • Developing a comprehensive catalog of all the animals remains at the site
  • Extracting a series of sediment cores in the pit and connecting tunnels
  • Mapping of the pit and the tunnels leading into it
  • Dating the human skeleton and extinct animals using radiocarbon method
  • Dating of some of the animals remains in the Pit
  • Identifying animals remains in the cave to species
  • Capturing a 3-D model of the human skeleton photographically
  • Extraction of ancient DNA from human teeth
  • Indirectly dating cave formations using uranium/thorium method
  • Documenting human and animals remains photographically
  • Testing technologies for capturing 3D giga-pixel of sections of the cave
  • Testing methods for a possible mosaic of the bottom of the pit
  • Testing methods for capturing large panoramas of the site

Future Activities

  • A photo mosaic and detailed map of the floor of the Pit
  • A 3D model of the Pit based on interconnected giga-pixel scans
  • A large scale map that includes most of the cenotes within 5000ft from Hoyo Negro
  • High quality panoramas of the site
  • A detail archeological recording of all bone deposits
  • In-situ 3D documentation of human and animals remains for production of physical models
  • A GIS that contains all our information
  • Work with researchers to document the new species at Hoyo Negro
  • Work with researchers to conduct a nuclear DNA sequencing of Naia
  • Work with researches to conduct dating and DNA analyses of the animals
  • Publications on out-reach magazines, as for example National Geographic Magazine
  • Films/documentaries presenting the site to the world