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Dr Jose Oliver
Appointment
  • Reader in Latin American Archaeology
  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS
Research Summary
Recent research focuses on the ancient history (archaeology, ethnohistory) of the aborigines of the Caribbean, particularly in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. Recently research has focused on the archaeology of personhood and ‘archaeo-ethnicity’, through an examination of politically and religiously-charged pre-Columbian material culture and on how such materials (ranging from cemi idols, and houses to cultural landscapes such as caves, ceremonial plazas and bateyes [ball-courts]) were used to construct and negotiate identities and ‘Maussian’ webs of social, economic and political relations in a multicultural and multi-linguistic setting. Dr. Oliver directs a multi-year research, Macorix de Arriba Archaeological Project in northern Dominican Republic to further explore webs of inter-ethic groups and identities, and the ethnogenesis of the ‘Taino’ (Arawakan speakers) and ‘Macorix’ (non-Arawakan) and their eventual transformation due to European conquest.
Academic Background
1989 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Anthropology University of Illinois at Chicago
1981 MA Master of Arts – Anthropology University of Illinois at Chicago
1977 BA Bachelor of Arts – Anthropology University of Miami
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