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Marguerite Deloney

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Marguerite Deloney

Dissertation Writer
Research Interests: 
Colonial archaeology of Latin America, culture contact studies, ethnogenesis, decolonization theory, agency and identity


Marguerite is a graduate student in the archaeology track with a desire to study the archaeological record of material culture in a way that would impact thinking about both past and present realities. She is interested in the study of material culture to trace the development of present day identities held by descendant multi-ethnic communities emerging from violent colonial legacies, particularly in the Caribbean mainland of Latin America . She hopes to investigate questions like, how can the individual and group identities of people forcibly brought together in colonial contexts be extricated through archaeology, and how would a recognition of those identities aid us in understanding how present peoples acknowledge and interact with their identities today? Marguerite's interest in archaeology began in high school when she attended her first field school in South Texas. She continued to pursue her study of archaeology at Brown University, where she received her B.A. in Anthropology, researching Native cultural continuity and change within the mission complexes on the Texas frontier of New Spain.