Click here to go to my home page.
I am an anthropological archaeologist who specializes in Historical Archaeology and African Archaeology. My research interests include culture contact and change, transformation and the origin of complex societies, ethnohistory, Africa, and the Caribbean. I have concentrated on the archaeological study of the African Diaspora through multi-sited archaeological projects that have investigated slavery and the slave trade in West Africa (Bénin, Togo, and most recently Guinea) and the Caribbean (Jamaica, Guadeloupe, and Martinique). From 1991-1999 my research focused on the site of Savi, capital of the Hueda state in modern Bénin, where I explored the ways in which the Hueda leadership “made sense” of the challenges and opportunities presented by the slave trade. From 2001-2010 my research has been primarily focused on the archaeology of plantation slavery on the French sugar islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Here, my students and I have been investigating daily life on 18 th and 19 th century plantations, and exploring the similarities and differences between the French Caribbean and British Caribbean colonial worlds. In 2006 and 2012, I return to Africa, to conduct an archaeological project in Guinea, along the Rio Pongo. This area, home to a very important 19 th century slave trade, has not been archaeologically explored, and we anticipate that our research will shed light on the ways in which Europeans, Americans and local Africans interacted in this complex and poorly known time period. Teaching is a major component of what I do, and I have always worked with students on my field projects. I also teach undergraduate courses in introductory archaeology, world prehistory, and biological anthropology. My graduate teaching has primarily focused on historical archaeology method and theory, and our historical archaeology lab class.
Document's URL: http://www.cla.sc.edu/anth/Faculty/KGKelly1/Kelly.html
Published 10/7/02; 12:05:40 PM by the College Arts & Sciences, University of South Carolina.
Update (01/25/2008) and Maintained by Anthinfo@mailbox.sc.edu ęCopyrighted 1995-2004. All Rights Reserved.