• Biographical Description

  • I joined the Department of Anthropology at the University of Denver in 2009. Although I am a professional archaeologist, my cross-disciplinary interests and research are within historical anthropology, including the close links between the more traditional fields of ethnography, archaeology and museum studies. I deal particularly with issues of colonialism, material culture, landscapes, construction of memory and representation.

    I have conducted or participated in a broad number of projects: my ethnoarchaeological research in Ghana addressed issues of gender and political economy through craft production and consumption in the Banda Area; I have participated in projects in South Africa and Tanzania; and my current project examines colonialism, materiality and the construction of memory in Mozambique and in Portugal. In addition to issues of landscape, memory and colonialism, I have also been exploring the possibilities to expand my research to include ceramic ethnoarchaeology in Mozambique. I have always been interested in the ethnoarchaeology of ceramic production, consumption and use. I take every opportunity to observe and learn about ceramics and how we can apply knowledge generated through ethnographic observation to archaeological research (I also collect some of such ethnographic ceramics, which makes traveling somewhat challenging).

    My archaeological and ethnographic career has taken me to research issues as diverse as pre-historic ceramics from Portugal, the role of museums in creating colonial representations, to the role of gender in socio-economic relations observed in the slaughtering of the pig in Lagares (Penafiel, Portugal). 

  • Education

  • Ph.D., Binghamton University (SUNY), 2003

    M.A., Prehistoric Archaeology, University of Porto (Portugal), 1994

    "Licenciatura" (B.A.), History and Archaeology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), 1986

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Contact Information

  • Department of Anthropology
    Sturm Hall 140
    University of Denver
    2000 East Asbury Street
    Denver, CO 80208
    Phone: 303-871-2472
    Fax: 303-871-2437
    Email: MDores.Cruz@du.edu

  • Aerial view--from palm tree--of Tumbe (Pemba, Tanzania) excavation crew
    Aerial view--from palm tree--of Tumbe (Pemba, Tanzania) excavation crew
  • Some Publications

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