Curaçao has an interesting history. A vast amount of this history is clearly visible in the landscape; an even greater part is invisible and most of the time forgotten. This later is the archaeological part of our heritage. Archaelogist Amy Victorina’s presentation is a reaction to the lack of attention given to archaeology, by the government and other competent authorities. Curaçao has a vast range of heritage that spreads over a period span of more than 5000 years. This heritage is constantly under threat and is being destroyed by developments. The main aim of this paper is to assist in the update of the Cultural Heritage Map Curaçao for the historic center of Willemstad. This will help in the overall managing of this World Heritage City in accordance with to the UNESCO requirements. Also it will be an addition to the management and preservation of the heritage for future generations.
Amy Victorina was born in Curaçao and moved to the Netherlands with the aim to study archaeology. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Amsterdam, with the specialization in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern archaeology. That same year Amy returned to her native country to work as an archaeologist at the National Archaeological Anthropological Memory Management (NAAM) and to contribute to the preservation of its heritage. Her general workload includes Heritage Management and Archaeology of Curaçao, Bonaire and the Caribbean. Next to this she is a member of the Monument Council and the Monument Platform of Curaçao; and has participated in different heritage management and archaeological conferences and UNESCO courses concerning the heritage management in Curaçao and other countries in the Caribbean.