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Congratulations Catarina Guzzo Falci!

On Tuesday October 6th Catarina defended her dissertation at the Academy Building of Leiden University and was awarded her doctorate degree!

Indigenous adornment in the circum-Caribbean: The production, use, and exchange of bodily ornaments through the lenses of the microscope

Adorning one’s body was a widespread practice in the precolonial Caribbean, notably during the Ceramic Age (400 BC–ca. AD 1500). Despite the abundance of ornament collections recovered from the region, much remains unknown concerning their biographies. This dissertation aims to elucidate evolving patterns in ornament production, use, and exchange through technological and microwear analyses. It is composed of four articles published in peer-reviewed journals. The first half proposes a research strategy for studying circum-Caribbean collections, which are markedly diverse in their origins, raw materials, and preservation state. Furthermore, an ethnographic museum collection, including whole necklaces, is studied as basis for interpretation. In the second part, collections from two time periods are studied: 1) the early part of the Early Ceramic Age in the eastern Caribbean; and 2) the Late Ceramic Age in the Greater Antilles. In each case-study, the presence of technical products and use-wear are combined to elucidate exchange patterns. This approach contributes toward a new assessment of large-scale interactions and the social mechanisms responsible for them. The dissertation concludes by reflecting on the changing ways people have handled, engaged with, and ultimately regarded ornaments over the course of the Ceramic Age period.

Catarina's dissertation research is published in several high-ranking journals: 

Guzzo Falci, C., D. Ngan-Tillard, C.L. Hofman, and A. van Gijn. 2020. "The Biographies of Bodily Ornaments from Indigenous Settlements of the Dominican Republic (AD 800–1600)" Latin American Antiquity.
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Guzzo Falci, C., A.C.S. Knaf, A. van Gijn, G.R. Davies, and C.L. Hofman. 2020. "Lapidary Production in the Eastern Caribbean: A Typo-Technological and Microwear Study of Ornaments from the Site of Pearls, Grenada." Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences.
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Guzzo Falci, C., J. Cuisin, A. Delpuech, A. van Gijn, and C.L. Hofman. 2019. "New Insights into Use-Wear Development in Bodily Ornaments Through the Study of Ethnographic Collections." Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 26: 755-805. 
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Guzzo Falci, C., M.M. Antczak, A.T. Antczak, and A. van Gijn. 2017. "Recontextualizing Bodily Ornaments from North-Central Venezuela (Ad 900-1500): The Alfredo Jahn Collection at the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin." Baessler-Archive 64: 87-112.
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Catarina (middle) after her defense together with supervisors Annelou van Gijn (left) and Corinne L. Hofman (right).
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