Marie Kolbenstetter is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Archaeology.
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Marie Kolbenstetter's PhD research, entitled "Islanders at a crossroads: lived experience of cultural encounters in the Gulf of Fonseca, Central America (AD 250-1500)" focuses on the precolonial occupation of El Tigre Island (Honduras), which is situated at a logical node of interaction in the Gulf of Fonseca. Her research proposes to take a bottom-up approach to the sharing, the perception, the materialization and the reproduction of cultural identities in multicultural networks by examining the ways of making of archaeological materials. Her research more specifically asks what can be inferred from ceramic and lithic technologies about the islanders’ lived experiences of cultural interaction, speaking to the impact of cultural and mercantile connectivity on local communities, providing more data on their agency in ancient networks.
Marie Kolbenstetter (RMA) graduated in 2015 from a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology of the Americas with a minor in Classical Archaeology from the University of Bonn, Germany. She then joined the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University for a research masters, from which she graduated cum Laude in 2018 with a thesis entitled "Crafting Community: Regional Traditions and Local Practices in the Gulf of Fonseca, Honduras (AD 350-1250)". Since the fall 2019, she is a PhD student at both Leiden University and at the Université Paris Nanterre (France).
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