The Catholic University of America

Luis Antonio Curet


Dr. Luis Antonio Curet (PhD, Arizona State University, 1992)
Lecturer (Spring 2014)
Marist 7


Dr. Curet joined the National Museum of the American Indian as a Curator following 13 years at the Field Museum in Chicago, where he also taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and DePaul University, after beginning his career at Gettysburg College and the University of Colorado at Denver.  His research focuses on cultural and social change in the ancient Caribbean, where he has directed several projects including excavations at La Gallera in Puerto Rico and the Archaeological Project of the Valley of Maunabo, as well as in Veracruz, Mexico.  Since 1995 he has been conducting excavations at the ceremonial center of Tibes on Puerto Rico and in 2013 began co-directing a regional project in the Valley of Añasco in Western Puerto Rico. Dr. Curet published a book on Caribbean paleodemography and edited volumes on Cuban Archaeology, the archaeology of Tibes, Puerto Rico, and long-distance interaction in the Caribbean. He is also in the editorial boards of the Journal for Caribbean Archaeology, Revista Arqueológica del Area Intermedia, and Latin American Antiquity, Antípoda (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia) and is editor of the Caribbean Archaeology and Ethnohistory Book Series of the University of Alabama Press.

Recent publications:

L. Antonio Curet  Caribbean Paleodemography: Population, Culture History, and Sociopolitical Processes in Ancient Puerto Rico.  University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, 2005.

L. Antonio Curet and Mark Hauser, eds. Islands at the Crossroads: Migration, Seafaring, and Interaction in the Caribbean. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, 2011.

Susan Kepecs, L. Antonio Curet, and Gabino La Rosa, eds. Beyond the Blockade: New Archaeology in Cuba. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, 2010.

L. Antonio Curet and Lisa M. Stringer, eds. Tibes: People, Power, and Ritual at the Center of the Cosmos. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, 2010.

L. Antonio Curet, Shannon L. Dawdy, and Gabino La Rosa, eds.  Dialogues in Cuban Archaeology.  University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, 2005.


Dr. Curet's Courses

ANTH 322 - Lost Cities & Ancient Empires (3 credits)

Among the most dramatic archaeological relics are ruins of prehistoric cities in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe. This course will introduce the archeological documentation of prehistoric states and empires, focusing on changes in settlement patterns, social organization, the establishment of political office, and the evolution of primitive economic and ideological systems that help define early civilization.

This is our course on ancient and prehistoric civilizations, the first states to emerge after the development of agriculture, and the origins of city life.