Anne van Duijvenbode MPhil

  • PhD candidate

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1966
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, World Archaeology, Archaeology of the Americas
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number FLEX

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Facing Society. A study of identity among the pre-Columbian and early colonial indigenous societies of the circum-Caribbean through the analysis of intentional cranial modification

Supervisor: prof. dr. C.L. Hofman

Start: 1st September 2011 (until September 1st, 2015)

The PhD project Facing Society is funded by the NWO program PhDs in the Humanities.

The proposed PhD research will investigate aspects of identity among the pre-Columbian and early colonial societies of the circum-Caribbean by analyzing the practice of intentional cranial modification (ICM). This permanent modification of the human head shape is cross-culturally recognized as a way to express and communicate elements of personal and group identity. This research will determine patterns of modification (i.e. prevalence and type) in skeletal assemblages from the circum-Caribbean region and apply a multidisciplinary approach to correlate these patterns with social and material dimensions of society, such as sex and gender, social status, social organization, material culture, and the mobility of people and exchange of ideas across the Caribbean archipelago. This will provide insight into the formation and expression of social identities among the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean and the relations between different circum-Caribbean communities.

Anne van Duijvenbode (MA) specializes in the study of intentional cranial modification in the skeletal assemblages from the prehistoric and early colonial indigenous communities of the circum-Caribbean region.

Last Modified: 01-02-2016