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Kevin MacDonald

Kevin is on sabbatical during 2013-14

Research Interests

Research Directory Records

Collaborations

  • Co-Director of the Cane River African Diaspora Archaeological Project in collaboration with Dr David Morgan of the US National Park Service.
  • Co-Director of Projet Segou: historical and archaeological research on the settlement geography of the Segou region (Mali) with Dr Seydou Camara of the Malian Institut des Sciences Humaines. Periods covered range from the development of the Empire of Mali through to the fall of Segou (c. AD 1200 - 1861).

Educational Background

  • 1989 BA (Hons), Rice University (USA)
  • 1994 PhD, Cambridge University

Selection of Recent Publications (since 2000):

  • MacDonald, K.C., Morgan, D.W. (2012) African earthen structures in colonial Louisiana: architecture from the Coincoin plantation (1787-1816), Antiquity 86: 161-177.
  • MacDonald, K.C., Camara, S. (2012) Segou, Slavery, and Sifinso In J.C. Monroe and A. Ogundiran (Eds.) Power and Landscape in Atlantic West Africa: Archaeological Perspectives,(pp. 169-190) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Lane, P.J., MacDonald,K.C. (2011). Slavery in Africa: Archaeology and Memory, Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy. 468pp.
  • Haour, A., Manning, K., Arazi, N., Gosselain, O., Guèye, N. S., Keita, D., Livingstone Smith, A., MacDonald, K., Mayor, A., McIntosh, S., Vernet, R. (Eds.) (2010). African pottery roulettes past and present: techniques, identifications and distribution. Oxford: Oxbow. 196pp.
  • Gosselain, O., Haour, A., MacDonald, K., Manning, K. (2010). Introduction. In Haour, A., Manning, K., Arazi, N., Gosselain, O., Guèye, N. S., Keita, D., Livingstone smith, A., MacDonald, K., Mayor, A., McIntosh, S., Vernet, R. (Eds.). African pottery roulettes past and present: techniques, identification and distribution ( pp.1-34). Oxford: Oxbow.
  • MacDonald, K., Manning, K. (2010). Cord-wrapped roulette/ Roulette de cordelette enroulée. In Haour, A., Manning, K., Arazi, N., Gosselain, O., Gueye, N. S., Keita, D., Livingstone Smith, A., MacDonald, K., Mayor, A., McIntosh, S., Vernet, R. (Eds.). African pottery roulettes past and present: techniques, identification and distribution ( pp.144-156). Oxford: Oxbow.
  • MacDonald, K. C. (2010). The stone arm ring and related polished stone industries of Hombori (Mali). In Allsworth-Jones, P. (Ed.). West African archaeology: new developments, new perspectives ( pp.117-126). Oxford: BAR.
  • MacDonald, K. C., Vernet, R., Martinon-Torres, M., Fuller, D. Q. (2009). Dhar Néma: from early agriculture to metallurgy in southeastern Mauritania. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa 44(1), 3-48.
  • MacDonald, K. C., VanNeer, W. (2008). An Initial Report on the Fauna of Akumbu (Mali). In Togola, T. (Ed.). Archaeological Investigations of Iron Age Sites in the Mema Region, Mali (West Africa) ( pp.93-101). Oxford: BAR.
  • Fuller, D. Q., MacDonald, K. C., Vernet, R. (2007). Early Domesticated Pearl Millet in Dhar Nema (Mauritania): evidence of crop processing waste as ceramic temper. In Cappers, R. T. J. (Ed.). Fields of Change: Progress in African Archaeobotany ( pp.71-76). Groningen: Barkhuis Publishing & Groningen University.
  • Haviser, J., MacDonald, K. C. (2006). African Re-Genesis: Confronting Social issues in the Diaspora. London: UCL Press. 275pp.
  • Haviser, J., MacDonald, K. C. (2006). Introduction. In Haviser, J., MacDonald, K. C. (Eds.). African Re-Genesis: Confronting Social Issues in the Diaspora ( pp.1-6). London: UCL Press.
  • MacDonald, K. C., Morgan, D., Handley, F. (2006). The Cane River African Diaspora Archaeological Project: Prospectus and Initial Results. In Haviser, J., MacDonald, K. C. (Eds.). African Re-Genesis: Confronting Social Issues in the Diapora ( pp.123-144). London: UCL Press.
  • MacDonald, K. C., Morgan, D. W., Handley, F. J. L., Lee, A. L., Morley, E. (2006). The Archaeology of Local Myths and Heritage Tourism: The Case of Cane River's Melrose Plantation. In Layton, R., Shennan, S. J., Stone, P. (Eds.). A Future for Archaeology: The Past in the Present ( pp.127-142). London: UCL Press.
  • Morgan, D. W., MacDonald, K. C., Handley, F. J. L. (2006). Economics and Authenticity: A Collision of Interpretations in Cane River National Heritage Area, Louisiana. The George Wright Forum 23, 44-61.
  • Bedaux, R., MacDonald, K. C., Person, A., Polet, J., Sanogo, K., Schmidt, A., Sidibé, S. (2005). Introduction. In Bedaux, R., Polet, J., Sanogo, K., Schmidt, A. (Eds.). Recherches archéologiques à Dia dans le Delta intérieur du Niger (Mali): bilan des saisons de fouilles 1998-2003 ( pp.1-3). Leiden: CNWS Publications.
  • Bedaux, R., MacDonald, K. C., Person, A., Polet, J., Sanogo, K., Schmidt, A., Sidibé, S. (2005). Conclusions: Une histoire de l'occupation humaine de Dia et de sa place régionale par la methode archéologique est-elle déjà possible?. In Recherches archéologiques à Dia dans le Delta intérieur du Niger (Mali): bilan des saisons de fouilles 1998-2003 ( pp.445-455). Leiden: CNWS Publications.
  • Manning, K., MacDonald, K. C. (2005). Analyse des restes d'animaux collectés à Dia. In Recherches archéologiques à Dia dans le Delta intérieur du Niger (Mali): bilan des saisons de fouilles 1998-2003 ( pp.363-385). Leiden: CNWS Publications.
  • Schmidt, A., Arazi, N., MacDonald, K. C., Cosme, F., Bedaux, R. (2005). La poterie. In Bedaux, R., Polet, J., Sanogo, K., Schmidt, A. (Eds.). Recherches archéologiques à Dia dans le Delta intérieur du Niger (Mali): bilan des saisons de fouilles 1998-2003 ( pp.191-256). Leiden: CNWS Publications.
  • MacDonald, K. C. (2005). Ethics and the African Archaeologist: the Case of Mali. In Finneran, N. (Ed.). Safeguarding Africa's Archaeological Past ( pp.33-36). Oxford: BAR.
  • Edwards, C. J., Bradley, D. G., McHugh, D. E., Dobney, K., Martin, L. A., Horowitz, L. K., MacDonald, K. C., McIntosh, S. K., Helmer, D., Tresset, A., Vigne, J. (2004). Ancient DNA Analysis of 101 cattle remains: limits and prospects. Journal of Archaeological Science 31(6), 695-710.
  • Walicka Zeh, R., MacDonald, K. C. (2004). An Ethnoarchaeological Study of Architectural Remains and Spatial Organisation, an example from the site of Tongo Maaré Diabal, Mali. In Sanogo, K., Togola, T. (Eds.). XIth Congress of the PanAfrican Association, Prehistory and Related Fields, Bamako, February 07-12/2001 ACTS ( pp.253-264). Bamako: Soro Print Color.
  • Bedaux, R., Gallay, A., MacDonald, K. C. (2003). L'archéologie des Dogon de l'Est: Nokara, Sarnyéré et Douentza.. In Bedaux, R., Van der Waals, J. D. (Eds.). Regards sur les Dogon du Mali ( pp.40-47). Leiden/Ghent: Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde/Editions Snoeck.
  • MacDonald, K. C. (2003). Cheikh Anta Diop and Ancient Egypt in Africa. In O'Connor, D., Reid, D. A. M. (Eds.). Ancient Egypt in Africa ( pp.93-105). London: UCL Press.
  • MacDonald, K. C., Vernet, R., Fuller, D. Q., Woodhouse, J. (2003). New Light on the Tichitt Tradition: a preliminary report on survey and excavation at Dhar Néma.. In Mitchell, P., Haour, A., Hobart, J. (Eds.). Researching Africa's Past: New Contributions from British Archaeologists ( pp.73-80). Oxford: Oxford University School of Archaeology.  
  • MacDonald, K. C. (2003). The Domestic Chicken in the Tylos Burials of Bahrain. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 14, 194-195.
  • MacDonald, K. C., Morgan, D. W., Handley, F. J. L. (2003). Cane River: the archaeology of 'free people of colour' in colonial Louisiana. Archaeology International 2002/3(6), 52-55.
  • MacDonald, K. C., Morgan, D. W. (2002). The Results of a Geophysical Survey of the Marie-Thérèze Coin-Coin Plantation, Natchitoches Parish. In Morgan, N. I. M., Shatwell, J. (Eds.). Archaeology, Interpretation, and Management in the Cane River National Heritage Area: Symposium Proceedings, 35th Annual Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology, January 8-12, 2002 ( pp.68-80). Natchitoches: Cane River National Heritage Commission. 
  • MacDonald, K. C., Morgan, D. W., Gilmore, R. G., Lott, J., Handley, F. J. L. (2002). Melrose Plantation: the Archaeological Geophysics Survey of 2001. In Morgan, N. I. M., Shatwell, J. (Eds.). Archaeology, Interpretation, and Management in the Cane River National Heritage Area: Symposium Proceedings, 35th Annual Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology, January 8-12, 2002 ( pp.55-67). Natchitoches: Cane River National Heritage Area Commission.
  • Bedaux, R., MacDonald, K. C., Person, A., Polet, J., Sanogo, K., Schmidt, A., Sidibe, S. (2001). The Dia archaeological project: rescuing cultural heritage in the Inland Niger Delta (Mali). Antiquity 75(290), 837-848.
  • Blench, R. M., MacDonald, K. C. (2000). The Origins and Development of African Livestock: archaeology, linguistics, and ethnography. London: UCL Press. 546pp.
  • MacDonald, K. C. (2000). The Origins of African Livestock: indigenous or imported?. In Blench, R. M., MacDonald, K. C. (Eds.). The Origins and Development of African Livestock: archaeology, genetics, linguistics and ethnography ( pp.2-17). London: UCL Press.
  • MacDonald, K. C., MacDonald, R. H. (2000). The Origins and Development of Domesticated Animals in Arid West Africa. In Blench, R. M., MacDonald, K. C. (Eds.). The Origins and Development of African Livestock: archaeology, genetics, linguistics and ethnography ( pp.127-162). London: UCL Press.

Current Students

  • Sirio Canos Donnay Imperial Landscapes of Ancient Mali: Settlement patterns and social organisation (second supervisor Andrew Reynolds)
  • Michael Brass The archaeology of social organisation at Jebel Moya: 5th to 1st millennium BC (second supervisor Andrew Bevan)
  • Kerrie Pezzo Interpreting the past to the public: A critique of the use of living history at heritage sites in the US and UK (second supervisor Andrew Gardner)

Recently completed students

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