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Department of Archaeology



Oliver is a Venezuelan and Polish anthropologist and archaeologist interested in the intersection between heritage and identity, particularly in the Caribbean. He received his B.A. from Leiden University College (2016), focusing on Margarita island, Venezuela and the Guaiquerí who have maintained a strong identity though five centuries of colonialism. For his MPhil at the University of Cambridge (2018), he continued this work with the Caquetío on Bonaire, who maintain a strong indigenous identity despite most locals believing they no longer exist. In 2019, he worked for the Cultural Ministry of the Government of Bonaire. His current PhD expands on his previous work with more case-studies of indigenous identity in the Caribbean to deliver data on how identity and heritage are managed and maintained in these (post)colonial contexts. Oliver is also involved in graphic design and entrepreneurship.


Oliver’s research interests focus on the intersections between heritage and identity in the Caribbean and Northern South America. Specifically, how present processes of heritage and identity formation, particularly indigenous identities, are distinct and still affected by colonialism. He hopes to contribute to the unravelling of the legacies of colonialism in identity formation processes in the region to better understand the impact of the destruction and transformation of heritage/identity worldwide.  

Key Publications

Key publications: 

Antczak, A. T., Antczak, M., Antczak, O., & Buffet, L. (2019). "Rancherías: Historical Archaeology of Early Colonial Campsites on Margarita and Coche Islands, Venezuela". In Rancherías: Historical Archaeology of Early Colonial Campsites on Margarita and Coche Islands, Venezuela. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. doi:

Antczak, O. (2018). Unpicking a Feeling: Interrogating the role of heritage in indigenous collective identity formation on the Caribbean island of Bonaire (Masters thesis).

Antczak, A. Ma. M. Antczak, Sébastien Perrot-Minnot, Konrad A. Antczak et Oliver A. Antczak. (2016) “Rapport général des prospections archéologiques des îlets Madame, Chancel, Frégate, Long, Métrente et Thierry, Martinique.” Bilan Scientifique. Fort-de-France: Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication.

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Supervisor: Dr. Dacia Viejo-Rose

Advisor: Dr. Johnhenry Gonzalez

Job Titles

PhD Student in Archaeology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Museum Studies
Material Culture
Socio-Politics of the Past
Archaeological Theory
Field Methods
Heritage Management
Cultural Heritage


Person keywords: 
Caribbean Heritage
Indigenous Identity
Postcolonial Heritage
Collective Identity
Heritage Studies
Material Culture
Geographical areas: 
Periods of interest: 
Other Historical