José Oliver

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José R. Oliver
Jose's head.jpg
Oliver at the Bow Hill, West Sussex excavations in West Sussex, southern England, directed by Mark Roberts, summer 2011.
Born José R. Oliver
Barcelona, Spain
Occupation Archaeologist

José R. Oliver is a Puerto Rican/Catalan archaeologist who specialises in the archaeology of the Caribbean and northern South America. He is affiliated with the Institute of Archaeology at University College London in Bloomsbury, central London, where he now works as Reader in Latin American Archaeology.

Born in Barcelona and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oliver went on to study anthropology in the United States, gaining his BA in the subject from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1977.[1] He subsequently went on to study at the University of Illinois in Urabana-Champaign, gaining his MA in 1981 and then his PhD in 1989.[2] His most recent book, Caciques and Cemi Idols. The Web Spun by Taino Rulers between Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, was published in 2009.[3]

Currently, Dr. Oliver directs a research project in the Dominican Republic entitled The Macorix Archaeological Project. It includes a formal field school to train university-level students in collaboration with the Institute of Archaeology-UCL (London), the Museo del Hombre Dominicano (Santo Domingo, D>R.)and the Institute for Field Research (IFR), based in California, USA. The details can be found following the external web links below.


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  3. ^ Oliver, José R. (2009). Caciques and Cemi Idols. The Web Spun by Taino Rulers between Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. University of Alabama Press.

External links[edit]

Current Archaeological Field Project: