Dita Auziņa

PhD Researcher

Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies

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Academic Profile

Networks of Dependencies: Household's Inter-dynamics in Colonial Mosquito Shore

In my research, I am interested in how asymmetrical dependencies within societies can be mapped in networks. To do so, I propose to analyze the access different groups in a society have to resources such as commodities, power and status. I am using a combination of archaeological, historical and ethnographical sources and analyze data with digital methods such as Social Network Analyses, Remote Sensing and GIS based analyses.

My case study is based on the Mosquito Shore which was a part of wide areas of the Western Coast of Caribbean who remained on the fringes of the European empires throughout a big part of the colonial period of the Americas. The inhabitants of these territories had opportunities to negotiate their own autonomy and exercise their own hierarchies in a different way than defined by the structures of the Empires.

Mosquito shore, the Caribbean coast of present-day Nicaragua and Honduras maintained its autonomous status at least until the nineteenth century. Despite maintaining autonomy, the inhabitants of the shore took active participation in the global processes, including slave raiding and trade. While being dominated by Miskito speaking African-Amerindian descendant people, the Mosquito shore welcomed and forced a wide variety of people of European, American and African origin to settle and establish households together there. These mixed intersectional households became a place where asymmetrical dependencies were created, maintained and shifted among groups of society.

since 2019
Ph.D. in Anthropology of the Americas, University of Bonn, Germany

M.A. in Archaeology, University of Leiden, The Netherlands

B.A. in History, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

Archaeologist in the Project "Technology Transfer in the Processing of Mineral Resources in Earlier Times (TECHTRANS)," University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

Research Associate in the Project "PACEN," University of Leiden, The Netherlands

Archaeological surveyor, Photogrammetry specialist and trainer in Iraq, Emergency Heritage Management Scheme, The British Museum, UK

Archaeological surveyor and mapping supervisor in the PACEN project in Nicaragua, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Archaeological surveyor in the NEXUS project in the Dominican Republic, University of Leiden, The Netherlands

  • Forthcoming. "Mapping Monumentality – Developing DEM, Topographic Map and Feature Databases of Aguas Buenas." In Participation in PACEN: Reflections on collaborative archaeology in Juigalpa, Nicaragua / Participando en el PACEN: Reflexionando sobre la arqueología colaborativa en Juigalpa, edited by A. Geurds and N. R. Donner. Nicaragua/ Leiden.
  • 2019. 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, and A. Parfentev. "Gone to Smelt Iron in Courland: Technology Transfer in the Development of an Early Modern Industry." In Post Medieval Archaeology: 102–124.
  • 2018. With V. Bebre, R. Brūzis, and I. Doniņa. "Kurzemes hercogistes dzelzs ieguves un apstrādes vietu arheoloģiskā apzināšana 2016. gadā." In Arheologu pētījumi Latvijā 2016. un 2017. gadā, 240–246. Rīga.
  • 2018. With V. Bebre, R. Brūzis, and I. Doniņa. "Izrakumi Vecmuižas dzelzs ieguves un apstrādes manufaktūras vietā 2016. un 2017. gadā." In Arheologu pētījumi Latvijā 2016. un 2017. gadā, 111–116. Rīga.
  • 2014. With R. Brūzis and I. Doniņa. "Kurzemes metāla industrijas arheoloģisko pieminekļu apsekošana." In Arheologu pētījumi Latvijā 2012–2013. gadā, 249–253. Rīga: Nordic.
  • 2013. "Rīgas vēsturisko rūpnīcu saglabāšanas un atjaunošanas problēmas." In Latvijas materiālā kultūras mantojuma saglabāšanas problēmas II, 35–50. Rīga: Latvijas Universitātes Vēstures un filozofijas fakultāte. 
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