Natalia Donner is a fulltime lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities and a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Archaeology.
Faculty of Humanities: Monday 17.00-18.00 hours
Faculty of Archaeology: Thursday afternoon
Natalia's work interweaves archaeological theory, methods, and practice, questioning the epistemological and colonial foundations of the discipline as well as stressing its deep anthropological roots. She has explored the contributions of philosophers such as Bachelard, Foucault, and Agamben to analyze the construction of discourses in archaeology. She also studies materiality, seen as the embodiment of socially learned practices and power relationships, and how these gestural traces, especially incorporated in fired clay, can aid in the construction of chronological narratives.
Her current postdoctoral research mainly focuses on exploring the deep history of the Darien province of Panama, the only land bridge of the Americas, from the population of the continent through to the present.
Natalia is a full-time lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University, and also collaborates with the Faculty of Archaeology building content and as a guest lecturer.
Natalia Ruth Donner (Rosario, August 27th, 1981) is an Argentinian-Mexican archaeologist who has worked in Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, and Argentina for over 15 years. Donner obtained a BA in Archaeology (2006) at Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico) and then a Masters in Mesoamerican Studies (2015) at UNAM, Mexico. Since 2003, she participated in several archaeological projects, particularly in the Mexican Gulf Coast; and between 2008 and 2011 she directed Proyecto Arqueológico El Carrizal, in South-Central Veracruz. Through that project, she made contributions to the regional ceramic sequence, settlement patterns history, as well as implemented a public archaeology program. In addition, her team excavated and conserved the earliest ball court in Veracruz, dated to the end of the Proto-Classic (100 BCE – 100 CE) and the beginning of the Early Classic (100–300 CE). Later, she collaborated with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, and then joined the Education Department at Frank Gehry’s Biodiversity Museum, also in Panama City, where she engaged in the teacher training program and focused on developing school materials related to archaeology.
Since 2014, she has actively collaborated with the Proyecto Arqueológico Centro de Nicaragua (PACEN), directed by Alexander Geurds (Leiden University). The main results of her work with PACEN culminate within her doctoral thesis, entitled "The potter's perspectives: A vibrant chronology of ceramic manufacturing practices in the valley of Juigalpa, Chontales, Nicaragua (cal 300 CE - present)".
Currently, she co-directs the multidisciplinary project Darien Profundo, which investigates the deep history of human-environmental entanglements in the land bridge of the Americas, the Isthmus of Panama.
- Faculteit Archeologie
- World Archaeology
- Caribbean and Amazonia
- Donner N.R. (29 September 2020), The potters’ perspectives: A vibrant chronology of ceramic manufacturing practices in the valley of Juigalpa, Chontales, Nicaragua (cal 300 CE - present) (PhD thesis, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University) Archaeological Studies Leiden University no. 49. Leiden: Leiden University Press. Supervisor(s) and Co-supervisor(s): Hofman, C.L., Geurds, A.
- Ciofalo A., Donner N.R., Hofman C.L. & Geurds A. (2020), Uses of pre-Hispanic kitchenware from Central Nicaragua: implications for understanding botanical foodways, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 12(1): 1-14.
- Ciofalo A.J., Donner N.R., Hofman C.L. & Geurds A. (2020), Uses of pre-Hispanic kitchenware from Central Nicaragua: Implications for understanding botanical foodways, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 12(13).
- Simone Casale (2020), Geochemical and petrographic assessment of clay outcrops and archaeological ceramics from the pre-hispanic site of Aguas Buenas (cal 400–1250 CE), Central Nicaragua. [Networked practices of contact: Cultural identity at the Late prehistoric settlement of Aguas Buenas, Nicaragua, AD 500–1522] (translation: Casale S., Donner N., Braekmans D. & Geurds A.), MICROCHEMICAL JOURNAL 156.
- Casale S., Donner N., Braekmans D. & Geurds A. (2020), Pre-Hispanic and contemporary raw materials use in earthenware production in the Río Mayales subbasin, Chontales, central Nicaragua. In: Klinkenberg M.V., Oosten R.M.R. van, Driel-Murray C. van (Eds.) A Human Environment. Studies in honour of 20 years Analecta editorship by prof. dr. Corrie Bakels, Leiden. Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia Leiden: Sidestone Press. 107-120.
- Donner N.R., Casale S., Braekmans D. & Geurds A. (2019), Ceramic comales at the Barillas site (cal 1255–1390 CE), central Nicaragua: Defining a local technical tradition of griddle manufacture, Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 24: 829-842.
- Donner N.R. & Geurds A. (2018), The Valley of Juigalpa, Mayales River Subbasin Microregion (Chontales, Nicaragua) Date List I, RADIOCARBON 60(2): 717-726.
- Donner N.R., Ciofalo A.J. & Geurds A. (2018), Pre-Hispanic Griddles in Central Nicaragua: an Archaeometric and Archaeobotanical Approach to Foodways at the Barillas site, Chontales. 83rd annual meeting for the Society of American Archaeology, Washington DC.
- Donner N.R., Arteaga A., Geurds A. & Dijk K. van (2018), Caracterización inicial de los sitios arqueológicos en la subcuenca del río Mayales, Departamento de Chontales, Nicaragua, Cuadernos de Antropología 28(1): 1-26.
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