Dr. Joanna Ostapkowicz

Joanna Ostapkowicz is Research Associate in Caribbean Archaeology at the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford. Her research focuses on bringing a wide span of analytical techniques to better understand the chronological range, materials and provenance of Caribbean artefacts in museum collections. She has been Principal Investigator on several international, multi-disciplinary research projects that focus on Caribbean sculpture and bridge the arts and sciences, including Pre-Hispanic Caribbean Sculptural arts in Wood (supported by the Getty Foundation and British Academy), Black Pitch, Carved Histories: Prehistoric wood sculpture from Trinidad’s Pitch Lake (the Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC], UK) and SIBA: Stone Interchanges in the Bahama Archipelago (AHRC).

More broadly, her interests span the indigenous arts of the Americas, from the Northwest Coast of North America to Florida and, most recently, to north-eastern South America with the jagWARS project (Jaguars, Raptors and the Patterns of War, the Gerda Henkel Stiftung). Her two recent volumes are Iconography and Wetsite Archaeology of Florida’s Watery Realms (co-edited with Ryan Wheeler) and Real, Recent or Replica: Precolumbian Caribbean Heritage as Art, Commodity, and Inspiration (co-edited with Jonathan A. Hanna).


Books by Joanna Ostapkowicz

Lucayan Legacies

Indigenous lifeways in The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands

Joanna Ostapkowicz | Forthcoming

This book is about Lucayan legacies – the heritage of the people who made the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands (the Lucayan archipelago) their home from the 8th to the 16th centuries. This legacy…









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