Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies


Phone: 919-962-5267

Fax: 919-962-1613
Office: 201B
Department of Anthropology
CB #3115 / 301 Alumni Building
UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3115
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Professional Background:

I am an historical archaeologist with research interests in the plantation societies of the colonial southeastern US and Caribbean, as well as towns and cities of the 19th and 20th century Midwest, with a particular focus on the African diaspora.

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania after completing a dissertation examining locally-made clay tobacco pipes from rural and urban sites in and around Jamestown, Virginia.  Prior to that, I was a staff archaeologist for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Department of Archaeological Research, and even earlier, an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary.

Before coming to Carolina, I was an assistant professor in the anthropology department at DePaul University.  My current research projects include excavation and community collaboration at the sites of New Philadelphia, Illinois, and the Phyllis Wheatley Home for Girls on the south side of Chicago. 

Selected Publications:

in press Reaching for Freedom, Seizing Responsibility: Archaeology at the Phyllis Wheatley Home for Girls, Chicago. In Archaeology of the Recent African American Past, Jodi Barnes, ed. The University of South Carolina Press.

2010      Concepts of community in pursuit of an inclusive archaeology.  The International Journal of Heritage Studies 16(6):373-389.

2010      Social Archaeologies of Trade and Exchange: Exploring Relationships among People, Places, and Things. Alexander A. Bauer and Anna S. Agbe-Davies, eds. Left Coast Press.

2009      Scales of Analysis, Scales of Value: Archaeology at Bush Hill House, Barbados. The International Journal of Historical Archaeology 13:112-126.

2008     Community Archaeology in Bronzeville: The Phyllis Wheatley Home for Girls, Ohio Valley Historical Archaeology 23:23-30.

2007    Practicing African-American Archaeology in the Atlantic World.  In Archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora, Akin Ogundiran and Toyin Falola, eds., pp. 413-425.  Indiana University Press.

2006    Alternatives to Traditional Models for the Classification and Analysis of Pipes of the Early Colonial Chesapeake.  In Between Dirt and Discussion: Methods, Methodology, and Interpretation  in Historical Archaeology, Steven N. Archer and Kevin M. Bartoy, eds., pp. 115-140 Springer.

2005    J. Eric Deetz and Anna Agbe-Davies Phase II Archaeological Survey, Parcels 488E, 488F, and 272, Chocolate Hole, St. John, United States Virgin Islands, submitted to Theresa S. Roberts, AIA, St. Thomas, USVI.

2005    Further Test Excavations at the Bush Hill House, Barbados. Colonial Williamsburg Archaeological Reports. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia.

2004      The Production and Consumption of Smoking Pipes along the Tobacco Coast. In Smoking and Culture: Recent Developments in the Archaeology of Smoking Pipes in Eastern North America, Sean Rafferty and Robert Mann, eds., pp 272-303.  The University of Tennessee Press.

2003     Archaeology and the Black Experience. In Archaeology 56(1):22.

2002    Black Scholars, Black Pasts.  In The SAA Archaeological Record 2(4):24-28.

2002    Public Archaeology at Springfield, 2001.  Colonial Williamsburg Archaeological Reports. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia.

2002    Archaeology of the Old Elliot School.  In The Bermuda Journal of Archaeology and Maritime History 13:129-151.

2001    Anna Agbe-Davies, Kelly Ladd and Marley Brown III. An interim report on the archaeological study of Bush Hill House. In The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society XLVII:35-51.