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Associate Professor & Graduate Director
University of South Carolina
|Office:||Gambrell Hall 413|
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|Research Interests:||Ethnoarchaeology, prehistoric archaeology, early farming communities, trade, gender, lithics.|
Walker Institute (USC) Faculty Research Grant 2015
Joanna Casey is an Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department. She got her BA and MA in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University and her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Toronto in Canada. She has undertaken archaeological and ethnoarchaeological field research in Canada, the US, Ghana and Ethiopia. Her areas of interest are in lithics, early agriculture, household economics and trade.
Dr. Casey’s research has primarily been on understanding the consequences of sedentism. Her earlier work looked at the Kintampo Complex (LSA 3000-4000) in Ghana, the earliest known sedentary complex in Sub Saharan West Africa. She has done a long term ethnoarchaeology project in northern Ghana looking at the use of wild resources in the farming economy, household economics and women’s businesses and trade. Her most recent research studies the place of small scale trade in household and village economies, and marginalized specialist traders in Tigray, Ethiopia.
ANTH 101: Primates People and Prehistory
ANTH 205: Panorama of Prehistory
ANTH 225: Archaeology in Film and Popular Culture
ANTH 320: Archaeology Theory
ANTH 550: Archaeological Laboratory Techniques
ANTH 591L: Lithic Technology
ANTH 720: Development of Anthropological Archaeology
2000 The Kintampo Complex: The Late Holocene on the Gambaga Escarpment, Northern Ghana. Cambridge Monographs in African Archaeology No. 51; BAR International No. 906. Oxford: Archaeopress.
Journal Articles and Chapters
Owen, J. Victor, Joanna L. Casey, John D. Greenough and Dorothy I. Godfrey-Smith
2013 Mineralogical and Geochemical Constraints on the Sediment Sources of Late Stone Age Pottery from the Birimi Site, Northern Ghana. Geoarchaeology 28(4):394-411.
2013 The Stone to Metal Age in West Africa. In The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology edited by Peter Mitchell and Paul Lane. Pp. 603-614. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press.
2013 Fearless Archaeologist: Susan Kent’s Vision for Ethnoarchaeology. Ethnoarchaeology 5(2):119-139.
2010 Between the Forest and the Sudan: The Dynamics of Trade in Northern Ghana. West African Archaeology: New Developments, New Perspectives edited by Philip Allsworth-Jones. Pp. 83-92. British Archaeological Reports International Series No. 2164. Oxford: Archaeopress.
Casey, Joanna and Rachele Burruss
2010 Social Expectations and Children’s Play Places in Northern Ghana. Ethnoarchaeology 2(1):49-72.
2009 Shea Butter, Dawadawa and the Gendered Economy in Northern Ghana. Que(e)rying Archaeology edited by Susan Terendy, Natasha Lyons, and Michelle Jansen-Smekal. Pp, 83-89 Calgary: University of Calgary Press.
2008 Early Holocene Foragers of the Forest and Savanna. Encyclopedia of Archaeology Vol. 1, pp. 93-96. London: Elsevier Press.
2005 Holocene Occupations of the Forest and Savanna. In African Archaeology: A Critical Introduction edited by Ann B. Stahl. Pp. 225-248. London: Blackwell.
2003 The Prehistory of West Africa from the Pleistocene to the Mid-Holocene. Under the Canopy: Rainforest Hunter-Gatherers in Prehistory. Edited by Julio Mercader. Pp. 35-63 New Brunswick: RutgersUniversity Press.