The cultural encounters between the Old and New Worlds are among the most infamous in human history. The Caribbean was the centre stage for interactions between cultures of dramatically different backgrounds, which after a turbulent colonial period eventually laid the foundations for the modern-day, multi-ethnic societies of the region. The universities of Leiden, Leuven and Konstanz will combine archaeology, history, archaeometry and social network theory to study the transformations of Amerindian culture and society as a result of these encounters.
The primary aim is to understand the impacts of cultural encounters on Lesser Antillean indigenous Carib societies by studying transformations in settlement pattern and organisation, material culture and network strategies across the historical divide. More information can be found on the CARIB (HERA JRP) website.
Participants in this project are: