Eduardo Herrera Malatesta

  • PhD candidate

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 5259
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, World Archaeology, Archaeology of the Americas
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number B2.04
Personal Homepage:​EduardoHerreraMalatesta


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Eduardo obtain his bachelor degree in Anthropology in 2004 at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. In 2009 he got an MSc. in Anthropology at the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas and in 2011an MSc. in GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology at the University College London. He has done research in archaeology and anthropology in western, central and eastern Venezuela, mainly in coastal and island environments. He has taught at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 2012 and 2013 courses related to GIS, cartography and archaeology. Currently he is a PhD student in the ERC Synergy-NEXUS 1492 Project at the Faculty of Archaeology.

Current Research

Amerindian Social landscapes in the Caribbean: Settlement Patterns and Intercultural Impact across the historical divide (AD 1000-1600)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. C.L. Hofman

The main objective of the research is to understand the effects that the encounter with the Europeans had on the Amerindian social and economic landscape in northern Dominican Republic. The base hypothesis is that the interactions with the Europeans, the introduction of new goods in the Amerindian exchange network and in some cases the tense relationships, produce social and cultural responses from the Amerindian population that could had a change in settlement patterns, exchange networks and probably perceptions of the environment. The research intend to answer three main questions: 

  1. How the arrival of Europeans affect Amerindian social and economic interactions in northern Dominican Republic?
  2. Does the initial encounter had an effect on settlement patterns?
  3. To what extent this context change perceptions of landscape/environment?

In order to answer this questions a extensive and systematic data set will be required. This data will be obtained from previous research and literature, and it will be complemented with new systematic surveys in some key areas of the region. The methodological framework use to process and analyse the data will use a wide range of Spatial Statistics and Geographical Information Systems methods and techniques. The objective will be to carry on analyses to understand and explore material culture and settlement patterns distribution through space and time which leads to evaluate change and continuity in the region. The theoretical perspective consider to be more appropriate to approach this research theme and the questions and objectives is based on Historical Ecology and Amazonian Perspectivism ideas, and principally Ingold’s concept of Taskscape. From this methodological and theoretical framework interpretative alternatives to recreated ancient social and economic landscapes and Amerindian relations/perceptions to the environment will be proposed.

Last Modified: 01-02-2016