Professor Kevin MacDonald
Historical Anthropology of West African Political Traditions, Issues of African Ethnicity and Identity, Slavery and Memory in Africa, The African Diaspora in Colonial North America, Style and African Pottery Making, Heritage Management, Deep Time African Pastoral Systems.
Main field areas
Mali, Mauritania, and Louisiana.
Oral Traditions and Archaeology of the Segou Region (Mali), c. AD 1200-1850, in collaboration with the Malian Institut des Sciences Humaines.
- AFRIG001 - Africa: Dialogues of Past and Present
- AFRIG002 - Debating Africa’s Future
- AFRIG003 - Research Methods in African Studies
- ARCLG230 - Climate Change and Human Response in Holocene Africa
UCL Institutional Research Information System (IRIS) Profile
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Professor of African Archaeology
Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
Institute of Archaeology
Historical Anthropology of African Political Traditions
The African Diaspora
African Pastoralism and its Development
Historical Archaeology in the New World
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 Waalo: historical and archaeological research on the settlement geography of Waalo with Dr Ibrahima Thiaw of IFAN, Dakar. The period covered ranges from AD 1000 to the 1850s.
Doctor of Philosophy
|University of Cambridge|
Bachelor of Arts
|Rice University, Houston|
Kevin C. MacDonald is Professor of African Archaeology at the
Institute of Archaeology where
he has taught since completing his PhD at Cambridge in 1994. He has
worked in Mali for more than thirty years on field projects ranging
from the Historic Era to the Late Stone Age, principally in the Gourma,
Méma, Haute Vallée and Segou regions. Since 2000, he has also worked on
the archaeology and history of the African Diaspora in Louisiana and
on the survey and excavation of Tichitt Tradition sites in the Dhar Nema
region of Mauritania. Currently his research in West Africa focuses on
the settlement landscapes and oral traditions of Waalo in Senegal. MacDonald's analytical specialities include the historical
anthropology of political traditions, ceramics analysis,
archaeozoology, and the study of earthen structures. He has over 90
research publications, with five books including Ethnic Ambiguity and the African Past: Materiality, History and the Shaping of Cultural Identities (co-edited with François Richard, 2015), Slavery in Africa: Archaeology and Memory (co-edited with Paul Lane, 2011) and African Re-Genesis: Confronting Social Issues in the Diaspora (co-edited with Jay Haviser, 2006). He is co-editor of the Routledge journal Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa.