MOU Signing Between Leiden University And The National Archaeological Museum Aruba.
On Tuesday the 25th of November Professor Corinne Hofman of Leiden University and the Minister of culture Sr. Otmar Oduber signed an MOU agreeing scientific and cultural cooperation as part of the ‘NEXUS 1492 ‘ project.
A Site In The Mangroves – Anse Trabaud, Martinique 2015
The site of Anse trabaud is located in Sainte Anne, in the south of the island of Martinique. The site is situated in, what is now, a mangrove area right near the coast and a salt pan. The site was discovered in 1976 by Henry Petitjean Roget and José Cruxent. Several researches studied the site and the area but it was not until 2001, when ceramics recovered from the site were studied, that an estimation of the period of habitation could be made. The ceramics were congruent with ceramics from the Troumassoid and the Suazoid series, estimated to date from AD 850 to 1450.
The site itself is very interesting, especially because of the location of its occupation. The area is very arid, and due to its proximity to the coast as well as the salinity of the soil, fresh water resources were most likely scarce. The salinity of the soil would have made it difficult to practice agriculture on the site as well; overall little is known about how food was provided by communities living in the area.
An ancient and nutritious – but dangerous – Caribbean food
Loma de Guayacanes (Nexus 1492) — More than 510 years ago, at the dawn of the Spanish conquest and colonization of the New World, one of the protagonists of this event in the island of Hispaniola observed and documented the use that the natives of the region of Higüey made of a highly nutritious food known as guáyiga bread.
Beads, pendants, and a lot of grinding: experimental archaeology at El Flaco
Last summer we performed a lot of experimental archaeology in El Flaco. Why? Well, you may have heard that many ornaments are being found at the site. The goal of the experiments was to shed light on the techniques and toolkits used in their production. In this post, I explain a bit about my PhD research and how the experiments have an important role in it.