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Andy Ciofalo


A.J. Ciofalo
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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.

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Andy Ciofalo's dissertation uses a foodways approach to archaeological investigations in the Greater Caribbean. Applying cutting-edge paleoethnobotanical research methodologies he has revealed lost or forgotten life-ways. This developed a new narrative focused on botanical culinary practices in the research area. Thus, to reconstruct how Indigenous Caribbean Peoples lived was an effort to valorize their heritage. The more refined descriptions of past life-ways offered more of the story about how Caribbean lives were and are diverse, culturally complex, and thriving.

Teaching activities

Andy Ciofalo teaches on topics like anthropology, human evolution, archaeology, archaeobotany, dietary plant dispersals, and culinary practices.

Curriculum vitae


  • Leiden University Ph.D. candidate in Archaeology, 2015-2020
    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

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


  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • World Archaeology
  • Caribbean and Amazonia

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