Jason Laffoon is an Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Archaeological Science, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University.
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Jason Laffoon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Archaeological Science, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University.
His main research interests focus on integrating bioarchaeological and biochemical approaches to the study of patterns of mobility/migration, diet, and exchange.
Jason serves as course coordinator and course instructor for undergraduate and graduate level general courses, as well as specialist seminars, in both the Department of Archaeological Science and the Department of World Archaeology.
Jason obtained his BA (2004) and MA (2006) in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his PhD in Archaeology (2012) from Leiden University.
His PhD project was embedded within the NWO-funded research project Communicating Communities in the Circum-Caribbean. For his PhD dissertation Patterns of Paleomobility in the Ancient Antilles: An Isotopic Approach, he carried out a large-scale isotope study of animal and human skeletal remains from prehistoric and proto-historic sites in the Caribbean to document spatial, temporal, and societal variation in patterns of human migration. From 2013 to 2018, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Caribbean Research Group (Leiden) in the NWO-funded Island Networks research project, and in the Human Provenance Research Group (VU Amsterdam) in the ERC-Synergy NEXUS 1492 project.
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