The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! I have done so much, but it’s never enough. This is the feeling of a PhD in their final stages of writing a dissertation.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

A conuco (family garden) in Dominican Republic. The inset image is of myself in the archaeobotany laboratory at the Faculty of Archaeology in Leiden, The Netherlands

The way plants were modified by past people for food provides a glimpse through a window into their daily lives. From what I know in the Caribbean, these daily lives were vibrant, complex, and highly diverse. The people who lived in this region were decimated by consequences of European invasions, which continues into modern day. The lives of the people that I study were seldom written about in early European documents. Thus we try to reconstruct what the indigenous Caribbean people used to do in an effort to valorize their heritage. It is through the more nuanced descriptions of past life-ways that we are able to demonstrate that Caribbean lives were and are diverse, culturally complex, and thriving. Follow me and discover how to visit the past and bring yesterday’s stories into our lives today.

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