Researcher/Guest Staff Member
Elsa Jadot is a guest researcher at Leiden University (postdoctoral study grant of the Fyssen Foundation). Her research deals with the ceramic technology in ancient Michoacán, Mexico. She is also an associate researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, UMR8096 – Archaeology of the Americas) and the Center of Mexican and Central-American Studies (CEMCA, Mexico).
After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in history of art and archaeology at the University of Aix-Marseille I (France) in 2009, she completed her Master's degree in pre-Columbian archaeology in 2011 and her PhD in 2016 at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne with a research focus on the ceramic productions of West Mexico.
Her PhD dissertation dealt with a technological approach the Tarascan ceramic in the region of Zacapu (Michoacán, Mexico) between 850 and 1450 AD. The manufacturing process of the ceramics was rebuilt to highlight their technical similarities or differences as well as their morphological and stylistical traits in order to determine if there is a continuity of the production during the periods predating the emergence of the Tarascan kingdom. This analysis has examined the organization of the ceramics production system and measured the degree of cultural connection between the different groups of craftsmen. The research attempted to link the socio‑cultural implications of the results to the hypotheses of mobility and the history of the Tarascan people.
Her current research at Leiden University uses the same methodology described above, at the crossroads of anthropology of techniques and archeology, with an emphasis on the colonial ceramic in Michoacán. Her postdoctoral study focuses on the technical and cultural evolution of the Tarascan ceramics at the end of the pre-Hispanic period (1450-1521 AD) and at the time of the Spanish colonisation (from 1521) in order to highlight the consequences of the colonization on the local ceramic production.