Dr. M.S. (Maaike) de Waal

  • Lecturer Caribbean archaeology
  • Coordinator Honours College (Archaeology Track)
  • Caribbean archaeology
  • Archaeological prospection
  • Caribbean pre-colonial settlement patterns
  • Caribbean pre-colonial ceramics
  • Caribbean micro-regional interaction

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 6573
E-Mail: m.s.de.waal@arch.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, Archaeological Heritage, Archaeological Heritage Management
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number A0.08

Research interests

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Maaike de Waal specializes in pre-colonial Caribbean archaeology. Since her 1994 and 1995 field investigations at La Désirade, she has been interested in pre-colonial habitation and exploitation of small islands and islets in the region. This interest has been deepened by the possibility to carry out a systematic and highly intensive survey project in the eastern part of Guadeloupe (the Pointe des Châteaux peninsula, the island of La Désirade and the nowadays uninhabited islets of Petite Terre) as part of her PhD research. This project allowed the study of pre-colonial organization and interaction of this micro-region through the investigation of settlement patterns and archaeological landscapes. De Waal has specialized in archaeological prospection and in the study of ceramics, especially those from the Late Ceramic Age in the Lesser Antilles. In addition, she has focused on studying inland sites (Barbados), and on creating archaeological predictive maps (e.g. Sint Eustatius, 2013 and Saba, 2015).

Short CV

Maaike de Waal graduated in 1996 with two MA degrees at Leiden University (“ Archaeology and Culture History of the America’s” and “Prehistory of North-Western Europe”). She completed a PhD in Caribbean Archaeology at the same university (2006). Her dissertation, entitled “Pre-Columbian social organisation and interaction interpreted through the study of settlement patterns. An archaeological case-study of the Pointe des Châteaux, La Désirade and Les Îles de la Petite Terre micro-region, Guadeloupe, F.W.I.” was based on a four-year project she designed and which was granted by the Leiden Faculty of Archaeology. Subsequently, as archaeologist at RAAP Archeologisch Adviesbureau in Leiden, de Waal was responsible for several surveying, auger testing and test excavation projects at prehistoric, Roman, Early and Late Medieval and sub-recent sites in the Netherlands. From 2008 – 2010, as lecturer in archaeology at the University of the West Indies in Barbados, she was responsible for the creation of an archaeology minor in the Department of History and Philosophy. Later in 2010 she worked as lecturer in archaeology at Saxion Next University of Applied Sciences in Deventer (the Netherlands). From 2010 onwards, de Waal is co-owner of ARGEOgraph, an archaeological company that offers archaeological and geodetic products and services for archaeological applications in the Netherlands and in the Caribbean.

Last Modified: 01-02-2016