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Andy Ciofalo

PhD candidate

Name
A.J. Ciofalo MA
Telephone
+31 71 527 2727
E-mail
a.j.ciafalo@arch.leidenuniv.nl

Research

Andy Ciofalo is currently working on a PhD project that challenges or expands upon previous archaeological understandings of botanical foodways during AD 1000-1500 in three geographic regions: Northern Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, and Central Nicaragua. He is working on publishing four case studies in an effort to address objectives for better understanding precolonial foodways. His main research is a comparative ancient starch analysis of samples from an assemblage of clay griddles and shell tools from the archaeological sites located in northwestern Dominican Republic and the Turks & Caicos Islands.

The PhD project is part of a large-scale Caribbean archaeobotanical study directed by Dr. Jaime Pagán Jiménez and under supervision of Prof. dr. Corinne L. Hofman in the context of the ERC-Synergy NEXUS1492 project.

Andy’s project has three main objectives. First, an objective to add direct archaeological evidence to the growing database of plants processed for food in the circum-Caribbean. Second, an aim to highlight socially learned behaviors of processing plant-based foods. Finally, there is a goal to determine patterns and variations of starchy foodways in the research areas. The four case studies will produce published academic articles, each of which will contest or expand on previous archaeological considerations of botanical foodways during the advent of European encounters.

Curriculum vitae

Education

  • Leiden University Ph.D. candidate in Archaeology, 2015-Present
    Prof. dr. Corinne Hofman, Promoter
    Dr. Jaime Pagán-Jiménez, Supervisor
  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 2012, Master of Arts in Anthropology, focus on Maya Archaeology
    Thesis: Maya Use and Prevalence of the Atlatl: Projectile Point Classification Function Analysis from Chichén Itzá, Tikal, and Caracol
    Prof. dr. Arlen Chase, Advisor
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 2007, Bachelor of Business Administration, Minor in Anthropology

Academic / teaching experience

Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands 2016, 2017, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Archaeology, 

  • Amerindian Foodways (Graduate Seminar)
  • World Archaeology: Archaeology of the Americas

Mercer County Community College, Westwindsor, NJ 2014-2015

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Liberal Arts

Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY 2013-2014

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 2009-2012 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology

Field research

Caribbean Archaeology Practicum, Turks & Caicos Islands 2017
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands
Title: Primary Investigator

Leiden University El Flaco Archaeological Project, Dominican Republic 2016
Supervisor: Prof. dr. Corinne Hofman

Leiden University Anse Trabaud Archaeological Project, Martinique 2015
Supervisor: Prof. dr. Corinne Hofman

Caribbean Archaeology Practicum, Turks & Caicos Islands 2014,2015,2016,2018
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands
Title: Field Manager
Supervisor: Dr. Peter Sinelli

UCF Caribbean Archaeological Project 2011, 2012, 2013
Eleuthera, The Bahamas
Great Inagua, The Bahamas
Title: Field Manager
Supervisor: Dr. Peter Sinelli

PhD candidate

  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • World Archaeology
  • Caribbean and Amazonia

Work address

Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number A207

Contact

Publications

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