Citizen Science Alert: Classify Caribbean Ceramics
Archaeologists need your help to understand incredible finds from the Caribbean. Help us classify shapes of ceramics used by Amerindians before the arrival of Columbus.
Forensic archaeologist Hayley Mickleburgh wins the first National Postdoc Prize
Forensic archaeologist Hayley Mickleburgh has won the first Dutch National Postdoc Prize. The prize is awarded by De Jonge Akademie and the Royal Dutch Society of Sciences. Mickleburgh, who studies how corpses decompose and skeletons fall apart, receives 10,000 euros to freely spend on research.
Potter’s tradition in the Caribbean during 12th-16th centuries, a technological study of ceramics: Research by Katarina Jacobson
Ceramics are the most abundant materials found in archaeological excavations. Mainly based on stylistic types, they have been used for decades by archaeologists as a chronological marker. However, the development of ethnological research in the second half of the 20th century has revealed the importance of technological studies focused on the pottery production or manufacturing processes. Such studies investigate the technological choices (cultural and social) made by the artisans using the concept of operational sequence (or chaîne opératoire) developed by the French archaeologist Leroi-Gourhan. Variability in technological choices may be related to differences in community of practice, embedded in a social learning system.
The Importance of Law in Cultural Heritage Protection: A conversation with Amanda Byer
If we want to make sure heritage is available for future research, education and public interpretation, we need laws to preserve it. This is the basis of Amanda Byer’s NEXUS 1492 research. In this post, Amanda answers some of our questions.
From Russia with Love: Caribbean and Latin American collections in St. Petersburg
It is common knowledge that that the city of St. Petersburg has some of the largest and most important first-class museums in the world – every guidebook or travel blog will praise the wonders of the Hermitage, the Winter Palace, and the Russian Museum. Lesser known, however, are the interesting Latin American and Caribbean collections of archaeological and ethnographic objects, drawings, and collection documentation also kept by the Russian Academy of Sciences, in particular at the Kunstkamera Museum.
Visualising data: Research by Mereke van Garderen
Information visualization is defined as the study of visual representations of abstract data to reinforce human cognition. In simpler terms, what I aim do is to make pictures of data in such a way that it becomes easier for people to interpret the information
Landscape Change in Small Island Contexts: Research by Eloise Stancioff
In the Caribbean region, landscape change is part of the region’s history. The Caribbean exemplifies man-made changes to landscape, beginning with Amerindians, continuing to the importation of exotic species through the colony area, extreme land degradation caused by sugar plantation, forced settlement of millions of enslaved Africans, diverse populations of indentured laborers, and continued mixing of cultures from globalized interactions today, such as tourism. This has led to not only intense environmental degradation, introduction of new species, but also the fostering of diverse cultures and communities – creating today’s melting pot of environment and community. Today, the small islands of the Caribbean are often described as vulnerable: with limited resources, growing populations and a dependence on unsustainable economic markets. This perspective often overlooks the adaptability or resilience of these island communities.
Biomolecular analyses of skeletal remains in the Caribbean: Research by Kirsten Ziesemer
In archaeology we are interested in studying past peoples’ lives and answer questions like:
– What did these people eat?
– Were they healthy or were they sick?
– And if they were sick, what diseases were they suffering from?
As these people have long been dead and they did not always leave stories behind for us to interpret we needed to find a new way to get a glimpse in the past.
Hell on Hispaniola?: Intercultural interactions at “Conception de la Vega” (1494-1564): Research by Pauline Kulstad
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The phrase “Hell on Hispaniola” is often used to describe the Spanish colonial period on the island of La Española in non-Spanish histories around the world. Its validity and its use has been contested by Spanish scholars for over a century, many claiming that it is part of the “grand historical narrative” of the Black Legend, based in large part on Bartolome de Las Casas’s book – A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies.
Indigenous History and Heritage in Caribbean Curricula: Research by Eldris Con Aguilar
In this research a mixed methods approach was employed to investigate how indigenous history and heritage have been represented in the curricula of public primary and secondary schools in several countries of the Caribbean. Content analysis of these documents was conducted at two levels: the intended and the enacted curriculum. The data collected this way was completed with data obtained from interviews and descriptive surveys.