New Directions in Caribbean Archaeology

New Directions in Caribbean Archaeology

This webinar series, to be held throughout the 2021-22 academic year, showcases current research in Caribbean archaeology that involves new data, fresh approaches, novel methods of analysis, and engagement with important contemporary issues such as impacts of climate change, migration, and community engagement and self-representation.

Organized by John Cherry and Miriam Rothenberg, the series is co-sponsored by the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Program in Early Cultures at Brown University.

All lectures will be online, free, and open to the public, but registration in advance is required for each talk.


Monday, November 1, 2021
3:00-4:15pm EDT

Art & Artifact: Art Historicizing Pre-Columbian Caribbean Archaeology
Lawrence Waldron (City University of New York)

The overwhelming majority of scholarly specialists studying the pre-Columbian Caribbean are archaeologists. This has generated a century’s-worth of archaeological data, which the very few art historians working in this area can explore in their search for meaning, and the interiority of ancient Antillean lives.

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Monday, December 6, 2021
3:00-4:15pm EST

Archaeology at the Crossroads: Emerging Materialities of Early Colonial Encounters in the Caribbean
Diane Wallman (University of South Florida)

This presentation will discuss archaeological explorations of Indigenous-European interactions in the colonial Caribbean. Contemporary research, such as that at the site of LaSoye on the island of Dominica, interrogates the political, economic, and socioecological consequences of European settler colonialism on Indigenous communities and landscapes. This scholarship focuses on local materialities that reflect entanglement within the larger colonial structures, exploring themes of Indigenous resilience and agency in the face of encroaching European conquest.

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Friday, February 4, 2022
3:00-4:15pm EST

In the Eye of the Storm: Archaeological Heritage in the Eastern Caribbean
John Crock (University of Vermont) and Jay Haviser (St. Maarten Archaeological Center)

Climate change presents a major threat to archaeological heritage in the small islands of the Eastern Caribbean.  The effects of tourism-based economic development in island economies also poses a significant threat to cultural heritage.  We will reflect on our experience documenting heritage resources in this perfect storm and discuss major issues and initiatives in the region including capacity building and community engagement.

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Friday, March 4, 2022
3:00-4:15pm EST

Migration, Diet, and Exchange in the Caribbean Region: New Insights from Isotope Bioarchaeology
Jason Laffoon (Leiden University)

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Friday, April 15, 2022
3:00-4:15pm EDT

Alicia Odewale (University of Tulsa)

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Friday, May 6, 2022
3:00-4:15pm EDT

A Negro in the Shire: A Black Woman’s Journey for Activism through Scottish Academia
Peggy Brunache (University of Glasgow)

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