Andrzej Antczak is currently the Head of the Department of World Archaeology.
Ph.D. in Prehistoric Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 1999. He also received degrees in Ethnography from Poland and Anthropology from Venezuela. Currently, an Associate Professor of Caribbean Archaeology, Chair of the World Archaeology department and Senior Researcher in the ERC-Synergy project NEXUS1492, at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University. He is also curator of the archaeological collections at the Archaeology Research Unit at the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela. Since 1982, he has been co-directing—together with Dr. Ma.M. Antczak—pioneering archaeological investigations on more than 60 off-shore islands of the Venezuelan Caribbean and, since 2006, on the small islands off the eastern coast of Martinique. His scholarly interests include the pre-colonial and early colonial archaeology of the Southeastern Caribbean, theory and method in the study of the social past, materiality, non-western ontologies, community archaeology, collection studies, archaeometry, shell middens, and historical ecology.
His books include: Early Settlers of the Insular Caribbean: Dearchaizing the Archaic (Hofman, C.L. and A.T. Antczak co-editors, Leiden: Sidestone Press, forthcoming); Material Encounters and Indigenous Transformations in the Early Colonial Americas (F.W.M. Keehnen, C.L. Hofman, and A.T. Antczak co-editors, Leiden: Brill Publishers, forthcoming); Los Idolos de las Islas Prometidas: Arqueología Prehispánica del Archipiélago de Los Roques (Caracas: Editorial Equinoccio, 2006) and Los Mensajes Confiados a la Roca (Editorial Equinoccio, 2007) (both books co-authored with Ma.M. Antczak); and Early Human Impact on Megamolluscs (Antczak A.T. and R. Cipriani co-editors, Oxford: Archaeopress, 2008).