El Corazón del Caribe research project
- Jago Cooper, Curator of the Americas
- Dr Alice Samson, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge
- British Academy
- McDonald Institute
- Air France
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Through archaeological fieldwork in the islands of the Caribbean, this project is focusing on the development of larger and more complex societies before the arrival of Europeans in AD 1492 (the pre-Columbian period) and the lessons this can provide to people living in the region today.
Survey, excavation and material analyses at selected case study sites will bring together students from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom. These fieldwork projects aim to develop the research skills and experience necessary to help build the next generation of archaeologists, heritage managers and museum curators in the region.
The case study sites have been selected to address two core research areas:
Climate change - how can 6,000 years of human experience of climate variability and environmental change be used to inform and improve current community resilience to the impending impacts of modern climate change?
Cultural identity - to what extent can new perspectives of multi-ethnic and multi-cultural communities in the pre-Columbian Caribbean and the intensive interaction networks in the region these are built upon, inform current community perspectives on identity and cultural heritage?
The project is being developed in collaboration with the governments of Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico building on the long standing research of Dr Jago Cooper and Co-Director Dr Alice Samson.