Dr. Konrad A. Antczak

Konrad A. Antczak is a Venezuelan and Polish historical archaeologist who received his PhD from The College of William and Mary in 2017. He is currently a Juan de La Cierva-Incorporación Researcher at the Departament d’Humanitats, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, and Historical Archaeologist at the Unidad de Estudios Arqueológicos, Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela.

He was previously a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at UPF and a visiting scholar at the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture of the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on the historical archaeology of sixteenth- through nineteenth-century commodities, seafaring mobilities, and identities in the Southeastern Caribbean. Throught these topics he explores the theoretical contours of human-thing entanglements, the itineraries of things, and assemblages of practice.

He is author of Islands of Salt: Historical Archaeology of Seafarers and Things in the Venezuelan Caribbean, 1624–1880 (Sidestone Press, 2019) and has published a number of peer-reviewed articles including: “Assemblages of Practice: A Conceptual Framework for Exploring Human-Thing Relations in Archaeology” (co-authored with Mary C. Beaudry in Archaeological Dialogues, 2019) and “Life at the Salty Edge of Empire: The Maritime Cultural Landscape at the Orange Saltpan on Bonaire, 1821–1960” (coauthored with Ruud Stelten in International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 2022).

Books by Konrad A. Antczak

Arqueología histórica venezolana

Perspectivas actuales sobre el contacto, el colonialismo y la independencia

Edited by Konrad A. Antczak | 2024

Este volumen ofrece una visión panorámica de la arqueología histórica de Venezuela, siendo la primera vez que un estudio de esta índole está disponible tanto en inglés como en español. Reúne el trabajo de destacados…

Venezuelan Historical Archaeology

Current Perspectives on Contact, Colonialism, and Independence

Edited by Konrad A. Antczak | 2024

This volume offers a comprehensive overview of the historical archaeology of Venezuela, marking the first time such a detailed study is available in both English and Spanish. It compiles the work of leading Venezuelan archaeologists…

Islands of Salt

Historical Archaeology of Seafarers and Things in the Venezuelan Caribbean, 1624–1880

Konrad A. Antczak | 2019

The early-modern Venezuelan Caribbean did not lure seafarers with the saccharine delights of cane sugar but with the preserving qualities of solar sea salt. In this book, the historical archaeological study of this salty commodity…

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