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Yadira Chinique De Armas

Anthropology


Yadira  Chinique De Armas Title: Faculty Member
Office: 4CM18
Building: Centennial Hall
Phone: 204.988.7630
Email: y.chinique@uwinnipeg.ca

Biography:

Yadira Chinique de Armas (Ph.D. University of Havana) is an Assistant Professor in Bioanthropology at the Department of Anthropology, University of Winnipeg with expertise in human skeletal biology, paleobotany, and stable isotope analysis. Her research interests focus on the interaction between ancient populations and their environment, with emphasis in their subsistence strategies, interactions and mobility. Her current research deals with the biocultural interactions of circum-Caribbean indigenous groups, the origins of agriculture in the Antilles, and the biological and cultural determinants of breastfeeding and weaning practices in ancient human populations. Her academic background includes a BSc. in Biology (Magna cum laude, University of Havana, 2007), a MSc. in Anthropology (University of Havana, 2009), and a PhD in Biological Sciences (University of Havana, 2014). In 2016, she got the award of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship competition for her research on weaning practices of Caribbean populations. Recently, her research proposal “Weaning practices in times of colonialism” was funded by SSHRC Insight Development Grant. Currently, she co-directs excavations in three archaeological regions of Cuba: Canímar Valley in Matanzas, Caguanes area in Sancti Spiritus and Cauto region in Granma. 

Courses:

Introductory Bioanthropology & Archaeology (ANTH-1003), Method & Theory in Bioanthropology (ANTH-2300/BANT-2300), Human Osteology (ANTH-3306/BANT-3306), Problems in Bioanthropology (ANTH-4305/BANT-4305), Advanced Human Osteology (ANTH-4307/BANT-4307)

 

Publications:

Guest Editor Peer-Reviewed Journal

Chinique de Armas Y., Roksandic R. (Eds.): Breastfeeding and weaning practices in ancient populations: A Cross-Cultural View. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 28 (5): https://doi.org/10.1002/oa.2621.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Chinique de Armas Y., González Herrera U.M., Buhay W.M., Yero Masdeu J.M., Burchell M., Crann C.,  Viera Sanfiel L.M., Grau González-Quevedo E.R., Hernández Godoy S.T., Roksandic M. (in press): Chronology of the archaeological site of Playa del Mango, Rio Cauto, Granma, Cuba. Radiocarbon, DOI: 10.1017/RDC.2020.52.

Nägele K., Posth C., Iraeta M., Chinique de Armas Y., Hernández S.T., González U.M., Nieves-Colón M.A., Sandoval-Velasco M., Mylopotamitaki D., Radzeviciute R., Laffoon J., Pestle W.J., Ramos-Madrigal J., Lamnidis T.C., Schaffer W.C., Carr R.S., Day J.S., Arredondo C., Rangel A., Martínez-Fuentes A.J., Crespo-Torres E., Roksandic I., Stone A.C., Lalueza-Fox C., Hoogland M., Roksandic M., Hofman C.L., Krause J., Schroeder H. 2020. Genomic insights into the early peopling of the Caribbean. Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.aba8697.

Chinique de Armas Y., Roksandic M. 2019: Assessing the biological and cultural diversity of Archaic Age populations from Western Cuba. Bioarchaeology in Latin America. In: Ubelaker D., Catalonio E. (Eds.). Smithsonian Institution: 161-171.

González Herrera U.M., Rodríguez Suárez R., Reyes Serrano I., Yero Masdeu J.M., Chinique de Armas Y., Roksandic M. (2019): Discos líticos horadados en contextos arqueológicos aborígenes de Cuba. Aproximación a su función social desde la etnografía y la arqueología. Ciencia y Sociedad, 44 (4): 7-23.

Chinique de Armas Y., Rodríguez Suárez R., Buhay W.M., Roksandic M. (2019): Subsistence strategies and food consumption patterns of “Archaic” populations from Cuba: From traditional perspectives to current analytical results. In: Hofman C., Antczak A.T. (Eds.), Early Settlers of the Insular Caribbean: Dearchaizing the Archaic. Sidestone Press, Leiden: 107-118. 

Chinique de Armas Y., Pestle W. (2018): Assessing the association between subsistence strategies and the timing of weaning among indigenous archaeological populations of the Caribbean. In: Chinique de Armas Y., Roksandic R. (Eds.). Breastfeeding and Weaning practices in Ancient Populations: A Cross-Cultural View”. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 28 (5): 492-509.

Chinique de Armas Y., Roksandic M. (2018): Editorials: Breastfeeding and weaning in ancient populations: Challenges and future directions. In: Chinique de Armas Y., Roksandic R. (Eds.). Breastfeeding and Weaning Practices in Ancient Populations: A Cross-Cultural View”. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 28 (5): 477-478.

Smith D., Chinique de Armas Y., Rodríguez Suárez R., Buhay W.M., Roksandic M., Peros M., Roksandic M. (2018): Crossing the subsistence divide: The case of Canímar Abajo and the contemporaneous sites in Cuba and the Caribbean. In: Reid B. (Ed.), The archaeology of Caribbean and circum-Caribbean farmers (5000 BC - AD 1500). Routledge: 98-112.

Chinique de Armas Y., Roksandic M., Nikitović D., Rodríguez Suárez R., Smith D., García Jordá D., Buhay W.M. (2017): Isotopic reconstruction of the weaning process in the archaeological population of Canímar Abajo, Cuba: A Bayesian probability mixing model approach. PlosOne, 12 (5): DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0176065.

Chinique de Armas Y., Roksandic M., Rodríguez Suárez R., Smith D., Buhay W.M. (2016): Isotopic evidence of variations in subsistence strategies and food consumption pattern among fisher-gatherer populations from Western Cuba. In: Roksandic I. (Ed.), Cuban Archaeology in the Caribbean. University of Florida Press, Gainesville: 125-146. 

Roksandic M., Buhay W.M., Chinique de Armas Y., Rodríguez Suárez R., Peros M., Roksandic I., Mowat S.D., Viera Sanfiel L.M., Arredondo C., Martínez Fuentes A., Smith D. (2015): Radiocarbon and stratigraphic chronology of Canímar Abajo, Matanzas, Cuba. Radiocarbon, 57: 755-763.

Chinique de Armas Y., Buhay W.M., Rodríguez Suárez R., Bestel S., Smith D., Mowat S.D., Roksandic M. (2015): Starch analysis and isotopic evidence of consumption of cultigens among fisher-gatherers in Cuba: The archaeological site of Canímar Abajo, Matanzas. Journal of Archaeological Science, 58: 121-132.