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Gabriela Oppitz

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Gabriela Oppitz

Third Year Cohort
Research Interests: 
archaeological and anthropological theory; social change and agency; landscape and human-environment dynamics; entanglement; isotopic analyses; mortuary analysis; GIS and field methods; palaeodiet; migration and mobility; hunter-gatherers; postcolonial theory; ethics; cultural heritage.


I am broadly interested in understanding how human-environment networks of relationships are experienced and perceived contextually – in the past and in the present – and also how these landscapes change over time.  My research explores the local network of inter-relationships found on the central coast of Santa Catarina (Southern Brazil), trying to comprehend how populations linked to the shell-matrix sites (5000-600 BP) were synchronic and diachronically entangled with other human and non-human components of their surrounding environment. It seems that these populations were scattered according to the distribution of palaeolagoons and bays, while simultaneously interconnected by networks of assorted relationships and shared experiences, such as those related to local rock art. I also have a deep interest in indigenous archaeology, ethics, gender and cultural heritage issues in general, even though these subjects are not directly addressed in my current research.  

I hold a B.A. in History from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (2011) and a M.A. in Archaeology from the University of São Paulo (2015). Before coming to Stanford I spent two years working with the management of archaeological heritage at the Brazilian government’s National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN).