Dr. C.M. (Carolyn) Nakamura

  • Post-doctoral researcher
  • Material Culture

Carolyn Nakamura is a coordinator and postdoctoral researcher in the Global Interactions Research Profile at Leiden University. She earned a doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University in 2008. Before coming to Leiden, she was a lecturer at Stanford University in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology Center. Her work examines the sociomaterial aspects of ritual practices such as magic and burial, and the politics of past-making in ancient and modern contexts.

Since 2004, Carrie has worked on the figurine materials, placed deposits and burial goods at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey. She is currently developing a project on the archaeologies of encroachment that reframes certain urban monuments in Mumbai, India (rock cut Buddhist and Hindu caves and colonial forts) as sites that materialize histories of struggle particular to the urban and itinerant poor.

Fields of interest

  • Social archaeology

  • Material and visual culture

  • Urban heritage and informal communities

  • Anthropology of magic and ritual

  • Spatial analysis and social mapping

  • Socio-material assemblages

  • Mesopotamian cultures

  • Anatolian Neolithic (Çatalhöyük)

  • Mumbai, India

Research projects

  • Mumbai, India: Informal Communities and Urban Heritage
  • Konya, Turkey: Çatalhöyük Research Project, (Figurines, placed deposits, and burial practices, 2004-present)
  • PhD: The Matter of Magic: Figuring Memory and Protection in Neo-Assyrian Apotropaic Figurine Rituals, First Millennium BC


Last Modified: 10-12-2015