Ancient DNA provides new insights into the early peopling of the Caribbean
New study reveals multiple waves of settlement and connections to the American mainland.
According to a new study by an international team of researchers from the Caribbean, Europe and North America, the Caribbean was settled by several successive population dispersals that originated on the American mainland.
Columbus' footprint in PAGES Magazine
Shortly after Columbus' landing in the New World in 1492 CE, indigenous land use diminished and cattle grazing was introduced. Large-scale agriculture in the Cibao Valley, northern Dominican Republic, did not develop before the 17th century. Here, we read the environmental history of the Cibao Valley from two sediment cores.
ISLAND(ER)S AT THE HELM - public outreach seminars March 2020
In preparation of a proposal for the Dutch Research Council’s (NWO) call for Caribbean multi-disciplinary research, Corinne Hofman (LU/KITLV) and Francio Guadeloupe (UvA/KITLV) visited the six Dutch Caribbean islands together with a team of researchers and societal partners to discuss their proposal on social adaptation to climate change challenges in the (Dutch) Caribbean with local stakeholders.
Community based archaeology on the island of Antigua - an interview with Dr. Reg Murphy
On the occasion of the PhD defence of Cameron Gill, dr. Reg Murphy visited Leiden all the way from Antigua, to attend this defence, and to give a presentation at the symposium organised for dr. Gill. During his stay he found some time to participate in an interview with RMA-student Sven Ransijn. During our conversation we discussed his research, the importance of and his experience with community based archaeology in a caribbean context, especially the island of Antigua, and his future ambitions.
Brimstone Sea and Sand – an interview with Dr. Cameron Gill
Dr. Cameron Gill was admitted to the doctoral degree on February 4, 2020 after having defended his dissertation at the Academy Building at Leiden University. Emma de Mooij met up with him to discuss his achievements and his research.
Of wrecks, museums, and islands - an interview with Dr. Ruud Stelten
n the occasion of the PhD defense of, now, Dr. Cameron Gill, Dr. Ruud Stelten, came back to Leiden where he did his Bachelor and Master and defended his own PhD. During his time in Leiden, not only did he present during the symposium organised for Dr. Gill, he was also kind enough to find the time to do an interview with RMa student Anika Hellemons about his work in the Caribbean, setting up a museum, and how to enthuse the community and young archaeologists.
Las Tablas - NEXUS1492 visit
On February 13, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Annemieke Verrijp and her team, accompanied by Filmmaker and INTEC Professor Pablo Lozano, visited the Las Tablas community (Baní, Dominican Republic) where they could share with Estela, Providencia and Rafaela, characters of the Nexus1492 documentary "El Retumbar del Caribe Indígena. Las Raíces de América”.
Science with the Community - an interview with Dr. Jay Haviser
A symposium revolving around historical archaeology in the Lesser Antilles was organised in light of the PhD defense of Cameron Gill (Saint-Kitts). One of the speakers at the symposium was Dr. Jay B. Haviser, island archaeologist of Sint-Maarten and co-supervisor of Cameron Gill. He agreed to sit down with RMA student Kwinten Van Dessel to shine a light upon his remarkable presentation which focused on the critical role of balancing the aims of scientific research with community engagement.
New Memoranda of Understanding signed by Leiden University and BONAI, SIMARC and SABARC
On the 4th of February Prof. dr. Corinne Hofman and Dr. Jay Haviser renewed the Memoranda of Understanding between Leiden University and the Sint Maarten Archaeological Center, the Saba Archaeological Center, and the Bonaire Archaeological Institute!
Congratulations Cameron Gill!
On Tuesday the 4th of February 2020 Cameron Gill successfully defended his dissertation titled 'Brimstone Sea and Sand: The Historical Archaeology of the Port of Sandy Point and its Anchorage, St. Kitts, West Indies'!