Antczak, Prof. dr. Andrzej

Andrzej T. Antczak is Associate Professor in Caribbean Archaeology at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University. He studied anthropology in Poznań (UAM Poland) and in Caracas (UCV, Venezuela), and received PhD from UCL (Great Britain), in 1999. Between 2013 and 2019, he was a senior researcher in the project NEXUS1492.

During the last decades and together with Marlena Antczak, he has conducted archaeological research on most of the islands of the Venezuelan Caribbean (Venezuelan Island Archaeology Project). Beyond these, he has carried out research on small islands off the coast of Martinique and on the island of Bonaire. He has also extensively studied Venezuelan archaeological collections held at several museums in the Americas and in Europe. His research interests include indigenous ontologies, zooarchaeology, deep-time perspective of early-colonial ‘encounters’, postcolonial thought, and community archaeology.

As senior researcher in the CaribTRAILS project, he focuses on the interdisciplinary deep-time perspective of early-colonial interactions in the Southeastern Caribbean, foregrounding indigenous agency, its disentanglements, transformations and legacies.

Selected Publications

(With C.L. Hofman), Early Settlers of the Insular Caribbean: Dearchaizing the Archaic. Leiden: Sidestone Press, 2019.

(With Ma.M. Antczak, O. Antczak, and L. Lemoine Buffet), ‘Rancherías: Historical Archaeology of Early Colonial Campsites on Margarita and Coche Islands, Venezuela’,  Material Encounters and Indigenous Transformations in the Early Colonial Americas: Archaeological Case Studies, edited by F.W.M. Keehnen and C.L. Hofman, 146–174. Leiden: Brill, 2019.

(With J.B. Haviser, M.L.P. Hoogland, A. Boomert, R.A.C.F. Dijkhoff, H.J. Kelly, M.Ma. Antczak, and C.L. Hofman), 1 Early Horticulturalists of the Southern Caribbean’, The Archaeology of Caribbean and Circum-Caribbean Farmers 6000 BC – AD 1500, edited by B.A. Reid, 113–146. London: Routledge, 2018.

(With Ma.M. Antczak and C. Guzzo Falci), ‘Vibrant Pasts in Museum Drawers: Advances in the Study of Late Precolonial (AD 800–1500) Materials Collected from North-central Venezuela’,  Museum History Journal 12(1): 52–74, 2018.

(With Ma.M. Antczak), ‘Making Beings: Amerindian Figurines in the Caribbean’, The Oxford Handbook of Figurines, edited by T. Insoll, 195–220. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

(With B. Urbani and Ma.M. Antczak), ‘Re-thinking the migration of Cariban-speakers from the Middle Orinoco River to north-central Venezuela (AD 800)’, Journal of World Prehistory 30(2): 131–175, 2017.

(With Ma.M. Antczak, and M. Lentino), ‘Avian Remains from Late Pre-colonial Amerindian sites on Islands of the Venezuelan Caribbean’, Environmental Archaeology 24: 161–181, 2017.

(With Ma.M. Antczak, and M. Lentino), ‘Late pre-colonial and early colonial archaeology of the Las Aves Archipelagos, Venezuela’, Contributions in New World Archaeology 8:7–44, 2015.

(With K.A. Antczak and Ma.M. Antczak), ‘Risky business: historical archaeology of the Dutch salt enterprise on La Tortuga Island, Venezuela (1624–38)’,  Post-Medieval Archaeology 49/2:189–219, 2015.

(With Ma.M. Antczak, G. González Hurtado, and K.A. Antczak), Community Archaeology in Los Roques Archipelago National Park, Venezuela. Politeja 24: 201–232, 2013.