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Roberto Valcarcel Rojas

Guest Staff Member

R. Valcarcel Rojas MA
+31 71 527 1966

Roberto Valcárcel Rojas (born in Holguín, Cuba, in 1968) obtained a Bachelors degree in History and a Masters in Cuban and Caribbean Studies (1999) from the Universidad de Oriente. In 2005 he was a Marie Curie fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Doctoral degree in archaeology (Leiden University, 2012;  Cum laude) with an investigation about indigenous hispanic interaction in Cuba and in the caribbean region. Has conducted archaeological projects in Cuba as part of local institutions (researcher of the Departamento Centro Oriental de Arqueología, Holguín) or in collaboration with specialist and institutions from United States of America and Europe, including studies in pre-Columbian iconography and indigenous cultural regions, the investigation of early ceramic sites, early colonial interactions  and archaeological heritage management. Has  participated in fieldwork in Cuba and Dominican Republic with the Caribbean Research Group, Leiden University. From 2005 he is director of archaeological research on behalf of the Departamento Centro Oriental de Arqueología at the site of El Chorro de Maíta. Has  participated in archaeometallurgical studies in the Wolfson Labs (IoA-UCL, UK) and in AGLAE, Paris, France. Also in historic archive research in Cuba (ANC) and Spain (AGI). Is one of the El Caribe Arqueológico journal coordinators and member of editorial advisory committee in others publications. In 2005, 2011 and 2013 he obtained the Cuban Academy of Sciences Award for scientific excellence. In 2013 received a prize José Luciano Franco for historical research.

His main research interests are cultural interaction, ceramic analysis, indigenous social organization in the Caribbean  and archaeology of the early colonial times in  the América´s.  From 2013, as postdoctoral researcher in the ERC Synergy-NEXUS 1492 project, he focuses in the study of the Indian (people with indigenous ancestors) as a colonial category and in the evolution and characters of this social component combining archaeological investigation and diverse historical sources.

Guest Staff Member

  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • World Archaeology
  • Caribbean and Amazonia

Work address

Van Steenis Building
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number FLEX


  • Hofman Corinne, Mol Angus, Hoogland Menno & Valcarcel Rojas Roberto (2014), Stage of encounters: migration, mobility and interaction in the pre-colonial and early colonial Caribbean, WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY 46(4): 590-609.article in journal: refereed
  • Valcarcel Rojas R., Hoogland M.L.P. & Hofman C.L. (2014), Indios. Arqueología de una Nueva Identidad.. In: Valcarcel Rojas R., Perez Concepcion H. (Eds.) Indios en Holguín. Holguín: Editorial La Mezquita. 20-42.book chapter
  • Perez Iglesias L., Valcarcel Rojas R., Rodriguez Pizonero I. & Campos Suarez A. (2014), Cerdos en espacios indígenas. El Chorro de Maíta. In: Valcarcel Rojas R., Perez Concepcion H. (Eds.) Indios en Holguín. Holguín: Editorial La Mezquita. 60-77.book chapter
  • Valcarcel Rojas R. & Perez Concepcion H. (2014), Introducción. In: Valcarcel Rojas R., Perez Concepcion H. (Eds.) Indios en Holguín. Holguín: Editorial La Mezquita. 7-13.book chapter
  • Valcarcel Rojas R. (2014), Arqueología en un Ambiente de Ciencia en la Periferia, Ciencia Y Sociedad 39(1): 75-100.article in journal: refereed
  • Perez Iglesias L. & Valcarcel Rojas R. (2014), Restos de cerdo en los contextos arqueológicos de El Chorro de Maíta, Holguín, Cuba, Etnobiología 12(2): 39-49.article in journal: refereed
  • Ulloa Hung J. & Valcarcel Rojas R. (2014), Practica arqueológica, presencia arcaica e interacción en sociedades indígenas de Cuba. In: Hernandez de Lara O., Rocchietti A.M. (Eds.) Arqueología precolonial en Cuba y argentina: esbozos desde la periferia. Buenos Aires: Aspha Ediciones y Centro de Investigaciones. 15-38.book chapter
  • Laffoon J.E., Valcárcel Rojas R. & Hofman C.L. (2013), Oxygen and Carbon Isotope Analysis of Human Dental Enamel from the Caribbean: implications for investigating individual origins, Archaeometry 55(4): 742-765.article in journal: refereed
  • Siegel P.E., Hofman C.L., Bérard B., Murphy R., Ulloa Hung J., Valcárcel Rojas R. & White C. (2013), Confronting Caribbean heritage in an archipelago of diversity: Politics, stakeholders, climate change, natural disasters, tourism and development, Journal of Field Archaeology 38(4): 376-390.article in journal: refereed
  • Ulloa Hung J. & Valcárcel Rojas R. (2013), Archaeological Practice, Archaic Presence and Interaction in Indigenous Societies in Cuba. In: Keegan W.F., Hofman C.L., Rodríguez Ramos R. (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Caribbean Archaeology. New York: Oxford University Press. 234-249.book chapter
  • Valcárcel Rojas R. & Martinón Torres M. (2013), Metals in the Indigenous Societies of the Insular Caribbean. In: Keegan W.F., Hofman C.L., Rodríguez Ramos R. (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Caribbean Archaeology. New York: Oxford University Press. 504-524.book chapter
  • Valcarcel Rojas R. (2013), Contacto y Colonialismo. Escenarios de interacción hispano-indígena en las Antillas Mayores. In: Hernandez Mora I. (Ed.) Cultura material e Historia. Encuentro arqueológico II. Camagüey: Ediciones El Lugareño. 37-56.book chapter
  • Valcarcel Rojas R. (22 November 2012), Interacción colonial en un pueblo de indios encomendados: el Chorro de Maíta, Cuba (PhD thesis, Faculteit der Archeologie, Universiteit Leiden). S.l.: s.n.. Supervisor(s) and Co-supervisor(s):Hofman C.L., Hoogland M.L.P.PhD thesis

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