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Dita Auzina, M.A.

Doctoral Researcher

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University of Bonn
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
"Dependency, Gender and Labour in the Household"
Niebuhrstraße 5
D-53113 Bonn




Caribbean Households in the Early Contact Period:
Reflection of Power by Gender and Race within the Space

In my research I am interested in the way past societies interacted with the landscape and how this interaction shaped the social structures in communities. My Ph.D. project focuses on the early colonization period in the Caribbean and Central American region and interaction between indigenous communities, European conquistadors and African slaves. Its aims to understand how the newly established hierarchy between different ethnic groups and genders is represented in the spatial organization of both households and settlements. And also the opposite around: How space is shaped to purposely establish and enforce new hierarchical structures. In my research I apply surveying technologies such as GPS, TS, drone mapping and LIDAR to collect data on landscapes and analyze these data in the context of historical sources, anthropology and landscape archaeology theories.


  • 2014–2017                M.A. in Archaeology, University of Leiden, The Netherlands
  • 2009–2012                B.A. in History, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

Academic Positions

  • 2015–2018                Archaeologist in the Project "Technology Transfer in the Processing of Mineral Resources in Earlier Times"
                                     (TECHTRANS), University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
  • 2015–2016               Research Associate in the Project "PACEN", University of Leiden, The Netherlands

Participation in Centers, Scientific Associations, Collaborative Projects

  • 2017–2018                Archaeological surveyor and trainer in The British Museum's ​I​raq Emergency
                                      Heritage Management Scheme
  • 2015–2017                Archaeological surveyor and mapping supervisor in the PACEN project in Nicaragua, Leiden University,
                                      The Netherlands
  • 2016                          Archaeological surveyor in the NEXUS1492 project in the Dominican Republic, University of Leiden,
                                      The Netherlands


  • Mapping Monumentality – Developing DEM, Topographic Map and Feature Databases of Aguas Buenas. In: A. Geurds, N.R. Donner (eds.): Participation in PACEN: Reflections on collaborative archaeology in Juigalpa, Nicaragua / Participando en el PACEN: Reflexionando sobre la arqueología colaborativa en Juigalpa, Nicaragua. Leiden. Forthcoming.
  • With M. Jakovļeva, R. Brūzis, I.M. Gundersen, B. Rundberget, V. Bebre, I. Doniņa, V. Kļava, G. Straube, V. Bērziņš, A. Vīksna, A. Actiņš, R. Meija, K. Popovs, R. Upmalis, A. Parfentev: Gone to Smelt Iron in Courland: Technology Transfer in the Development of an Early Modern Industry. In: Post Medieval Archaeology. Forthcoming.
  • With V. Bebre, R. Brūzis, I. Doniņa: Kurzemes hercogistes dzelzs ieguves un apstrādes vietu arheoloģiskā apzināšana 2016. gadā// Arheologu pētījumi Latvijā 2016. un 2017. In: gadā, forthcoming.
  • With V. Bebre, R. Brūzis, I. Doniņa: Izrakumi Vecmuižas dzelzs ieguves un apstrādes manufaktūras vietā 2016. un 2017. gadā// Arheologu pētījumi Latvijā 2016. un 2017. In: gadā, forthcoming.
  • With R. Brūzis, I. Doniņa, I.: Kurzemes metāla industrijas arheoloģisko pieminekļu apsekošana. In: Arheologu pētījumi Latvijā 2012–2013. gadā, Rīga, Nordic, 2014, 249–253.
  • Rīgas vēsturisko rūpnīcu saglabāšanas un atjaunošanas problēmas In: Latvijas materiālā kultūras mantojuma saglabāšanas problēmas II. Rīga, Latvijas Universitātes Vēstures un filozofijas fakultāte (2013), 35–50.
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