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PhD defence

POSTPONED | Indigenous adornment in the circum-Caribbean: The production, use, and exchange of bodily ornaments through the lenses of the microscope

Thursday 26 March 2020
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden


Adorning one’s body was a widespread practice in the pre-colonial Caribbean, notably during the Ceramic Age (400 BC–ca. AD 1500). Despite the abundance of beads, pendants, and other portable items recovered from the region and the scientific interest they have raised, much remains unknown concerning how people made use of them.

This dissertation aims to elucidate evolving patterns in the production, use, and exchange of ornaments through technological and microscopic analysis of wear traces.


  • Prof. C.L. Hofman
  • Prof. A.L. van Gijn


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