Reese Cook, MA, RPA
Director of Archaeology, SECAR
Phone: +599 318 5670

Reese received his Bachelors degree in Anthropology from Arizona State University and his Masters in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University with a research focus on prehistoric ceramic trade and identity. His proposed Ph.D. research topic focuses on 17th- and 18th-century Dutch pottery of the Caribbean and identity through pottery exchange. Reese has several years of archeological experience, management, and training. He also has experience in student instruction and course development as an adjunct faculty member.

Research interests: Prehistoric archaeology, trade and exchange, material analysis, ceramics


Ruud Stelten, MA
Archaeologist, SECAR
Ph.D. candidate, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University
PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor # 301985
Phone: +599 780 4327

Ruud earned a BA and MA in Caribbean archaeology at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University in 2009 and 2010, focusing on maritime archaeology on St. Eustatius. Before moving permanently to Statia in 2011, he worked on many archaeological projects in the Netherlands, Greece, and Mauritius. He was SECAR's managing archaeologist from 2011 to 2013, when he managed the organisation and worked on many excavations and surveys, including historic sugar plantations, slave village sites, and the historic port district. He also took part in the recreation of an eighteenth-century blacksmith shop and slave hut, and he created an archaeological predictive model for St. Eustatius. In 2013, Ruud stepped down as managing archaeologist to focus fully on his Ph.D. research project "Shipwrecks of St. Eustatius."

Research interests: maritime archaeology, plantation and slave site archaeology, metal artifacts

Previous interns


Pardis Zahedi, BA
Intern, July - December 2013

Pardis earned her BA in Anthropology from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She came to St. Eustatius as an intern in 2013. Although mostly working on SECAR's collections, she has also been involved in several other projects, including the Orange Bay Hotel, Old Gin House, and Fair Play plantation excavations. In November, she helped design an exhibition on slavery at the local museum and helped complete the slave hut reconstruction project. During her free time, she completed her PADI Open Water and Advanced courses, volunteered at the animal shelter, and was a member of the Sustainable Tourism Council.