Hoogland, Dr. Menno

Menno Hoogland is Associate Professor in Caribbean Archaeology at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University. He studied cultural anthropology with a focus on prehistory and physical anthropology at Leiden University. In 1980, he participated in the Spitsbergen expedition of the University of Groningen. He wrote his doctoral thesis on settlement patterns of the Amerindian population of Saba, Netherlands Antilles.

Together with Prof. dr. Corinne Hofman, Hoogland has conducted archaeological research on numerous Caribbean islands. In 2004, he was awarded a Netherlands Foundation for Scientific Research (NWO) open competition grant for a project titled Houses for the living and the dead. The project focused on the organization of pre-colonial indigenous Amerindian households in the Dominican Republic (AD 1000-1500) and had strong research collaborations with the Museo del Hombre Dominicano in Santo Domingo.


Hoogland currently works as senior researcher in the CaribTRAILS project, focusing on indigenous burial practices before and after the arrival of the colonial powers in the Caribbean region.

Selected Publications

(With Hofman, C. L., A. Boomert, and J.A. Martin), ‘Colonial Encounters in the Southern Lesser Antilles: Indigenous Resistance, Material Transformations, and Diversity in an Ever-Globalizing World’, Material Encounters and Indigenous Transformations in the Early Colonial Americas: Archaeological Case Studies, edited by C.L. Hofman and F.W.M. Keehnen, pp. 359–384. Leiden: Brill, 2019.

(With A. Castilla-Beltrán, H. Hooghiemstra, J.R. Pagán-Jiménez, B. van Geel, M.H. Field, M. Prins, T. Donders, E. Herrera Malatesta, J. Ulloa Hung, C.H. McMichael, W.D. Gosling, and C.L. Hofman), ‘Columbus’ footprint in Hispaniola: A paleoenvironmental record of indigenous and colonial impacts on the landscape of the central Cibao Valley, northern Dominican Republic’,  Anthropocene 22: 66–80, 2018.

(With C.L. Hofman), ‘Beautiful tropical islands in the Caribbean Sea: human responses to floods and droughts and the indigenous archaeological heritage of the Caribbean’, Water and heritage: material, conceptual and spiritual connections, edited by W.J.H. Willems and H.P.J. van Schaik, pp. 99–120. Leiden: Sidestone Press, 2015.

(With C.L. Hofman), ‘From Corpse Taphonomy to Mortuary Behavior in The Caribbean’, The Oxford Handbook of Caribbean Archaeology, edited by W.F. Keegan, C.L. Hofman, and R. Rodríguez Ramos, pp. 452–469. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

(With C.L. Hofman, H.L. Mickleburgh, J.E. Laffoon, D.A. Weston, and M.H. Field),  ‘Life and death at precolumbian Lavoutte, Saint Lucia, Lesser Antilles’, Journal of Field Archaeology 37(3): 209–225, 2012.

(With C.L. Hofman and R.G.A.M. Panhuysen), ‘Interisland dynamics: Evidence for human mobility at the site of Anse à la Gourde, Guadeloupe’, Island shores, distant pasts: archaeological and biological approaches to the pre-Columbian settlement of the Caribbean, edited by , S.M. Fitzpatrick and A.H. Ross, pp. 148–162. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2010.

(With C.L. Hofman and A.J. Bright), ‘Archipelagic resource procurement and mobility in the northern Lesser Antilles: the view from a 3000-year-old tropical forest campsite on Saba’, Journal of Island & Coastal Archaeology 1(2): 145–164, 2006.

(With C.L. Hofman), ‘Plum piece: evidence for archaic seasonal occupation on Saba, northern Lesser Antilles around 3300 BP’, Journal of Caribbean Archaeology 4: 12–27, 2003.

(With C.L. Hofman) ‘Expansion of the Taino cacicazgos towards the Lesser Antilles’,  Journal de la Société des Américanistes, 93–113, 1999.

‘Settlement structure of a Taino site on Saba, Netherlands Antilles’, Proceedings of the 16th International Congress for Caribbean Archaeology, pp. 146–155, 1996.