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 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Departament d’Humanitats, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and Historical Archaeologist at the Unidad de Estudios Arqueológicos, Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela.

He was previously (2018–2019) a visiting scholar at the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture at 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.

In these topics he explores the theoretical contours of human-thing entanglements, the itineraries of things, and assemblages of practice. He is author of “Cultivating Salt: Socio-Natural Assemblages on the Saltpans of the Venezuelan Islands, Seventeenth to Nineteenth Century” (Environmental Archaeology) and of the review “Historical Archaeology in Venezuela” (Post-Medieval Archaeology), as well as co-author with Mary C. Beaudry of “Assemblages of Practice: A Conceptual Framework for Exploring Human-Thing Relations in Archaeology” (Archaeological Dialogues).

Books by Konrad A. Antczak

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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