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Marlieke Ernst

PhD Candidate/Guest

M. Ernst MPhil
+31 71 527 2727

Marlieke is a PhD researcher at Leiden University, where she also obtained her Bachelor (2012) and Research Master (2016) degree in archaeology. During her studies she has been interested in early colonial archaeology, ceramic studies, transculturation and intercultural interactions.

Ceramic material transformations

Within Nexus 1492 she will focus on the ceramic material transformations. She will investigate transcultural processes within intercultural communications at the island of Hispaniola. The material reflection of this multicultural society and the agency of the enslaved and colonized will be studied through the continuities and changes in the manufacture between pre-colonial and colonial,  non-European ceramics present at colonial sites. Both Amerindian (local and non-local), Spanish, and African presence will be studied within the ceramic assemblage. She will conduct technological, morphological, as well as stylistically analysis. The study will assess the extent to which indigenous pottery traditions disappeared and the amount in which new techniques and forms appeared.

PhD Candidate/Guest

  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • World Archaeology
  • Caribbean and Amazonia

LDE Trainee

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculteitsbureau
  • Beleid- en bestuursondersteuning

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.17


  • Ernst M. & Hofman C.L. (2019), Breaking and Making Identities: Transformations of Ceramic Repertoires in Early Colonial Hispaniola. In: Hofman C.L., Keehnen F.W.M. (Eds.) Material Encounters and Indigenous Transformations in the Early Colonial Americas: Archaeological Case Studies. The Early Americas: History and Culture no. 9: Brill. 124-145. book chapter
  • Ernst, M., Hofman & C.L. (2015), Shifting Values: A study of Early European Trade Wares in the Amerindian site of El Cabo, eastern Dominican Republic. In: Buxeda i Garrigós, J., Madrid i Fernández, M., and Iñañez, J.G. (Eds.) GlobalPottery 1. Historical Archaeology and Archaeometry for Societies in Contact. no. 2761 Oxford: BAR International Series. 195-204. book chapter
  • Ernst M. & Willemsen A. (2012), Medieval Chic in Metal, Hundereds of.... Zwolle: SPA publishers. book
  • Ernst, M. and Willemsen & A. (2012), Middeleeuwse mode in metaal. Honderden…. Leiden: SPA uitgevers. book

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