Out now: Home is the sailor. Investigating the origins of the inhabitants of La Isabela, the first European settlement in the New World
A new study by T. Douglas Price, Vera Tiesler, Pilar Zabala, Alfredo Coppa, Carolyn Freiwald, Hannes Schroeder, and Andrea Cucina on the origins of the inhabitants of La Isabela, Dominican Republic. This article is published in Current Anthropology.
New Article: A petrographic and chemical analysis of Trinidad pre-colonial ceramics
By Anneleen Stienaers, Bert Neyt, Corinne Hofman, and Patrick Degryse, this work presents an exploratory investigation into the production of pre-colonial ceramics found on Trinidad through petrography and chemical analysis with XRF and ICP-OES. Four main petrofabric groups are identified and described: a shell-tempered group, a sponge spicules group, a grog group and a micaschist/quartzite group. All evidence suggest an origin local to the island. Most of the petrofabric groups are consistent with ceramic series which were previously described, but never analysed petrographically and/or chemically.
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!
Congratulations Esther Plomp!
Last month, Esther successfully defended her PhD dissertation in Amsterdam.
Out now: Transatlantic Connections in Colonial and Post-colonial Haiti: Archaeometric Evidence for Taches Noires Glazed Tableware Imported from Albissola, Italy to Fort Liberté, Haiti
This paper presents the first archaeometrical data on colonial glazed wares (taches noires) imported in Haiti (Fort Liberté). The analysis evidenced the exclusive presence of Italian taches noires products, dated before 1820 and related to the colonial era. The presence of English wares next to colonial materials demonstrated continuity in the use of landscape after the Independence and the establishment of international trade relationships between the state of Haiti and the British Empire. Results are an important step forward in the understanding of production and movement of the Taches noires ware, which were exported globally between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Heritage of Haiti - an Interview with Dr. Joseph Sony Jean
Dr. Joseph Sony Jean was recently interviewed regarding the current state of heritage in Haiti by Ayibo Post.
Out now: An Isotopic and Morphometric Examination of Island Dogs (Canis familiaris): Comparing Dietary and Mobility Patterns in the Precolumbian Caribbean
Out now! A new study on the isotopic and morphometric examination of island dogs (Canis familiaris) by Gene Shev, Jason Laffoon, Sandrine Grouard, and Corinne Hofman
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.