Leandro Matthews Cascon
Dr. Leandro Matthews Cascon is a postdoctoral staff researcher at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University. As a member of the ERC-Brasiliae Project, coordinated by Dr. Mariana Françozo, his research investigates how Brazilian ethnographic artifacts now housed in European museums and collections simultaneously express aspects related to the historical context of Dutch and European colonialism in Brazil as well as regarding indigenous agency, seeking to understand how such objects played a part in the transmission, from Colonial Brazil to Europe, of native knowledge regarding plants and animals.
Dr. Leandro Matthews Cascon is a Brazilian archaeologist with a special interest in plant use, and Indigenous Heritage in general, of the Amazonian Region. In 2017 he concluded his PhD at the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, University of São Paulo, Brazil. His doctorate dissertation was an attempt to discuss cultivated plant use in the recent history of indigenous Asurini populations of the Xingu River, Eastern Amazon, through a combination of ethnoarchaeological fieldwork and archaeobotanical analysis. In his master thesis at the National Museum, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he conducted a study of past plant use in Central Amazon through the analysis of microbotanical remains extracted from artifacts of the Hatahara archaeological site. Leandro’s love for the Amazonian past and present has led him to live in various cities of the Brazilian Amazon and to work in some of the country ’s most important museums, such as the Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, the Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia in São Paulo, and the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi in Belém. His research has been supported by diverse Brazilian state and national funding agencies, with grants such as CNPq, CAPES and FAPESP scholarships and CNPq fellowships for visiting researchers in institutions, as part of this national agency’s Programa de Capacitação Institucional.
Besides his ever-growing interest in archaeology and anthropology of Lowland South America, Leandro Matthews Cascon has great curiosity regarding all aspects of Indigenous History of the continent and participates in projects on other South American regions, such as in a Brazilian and Peruvian archaeological program in the Northern Coastal region of Peru.