Location: Bowdoin / Scott MacEachern

Sociology and Anthropology

Scott MacEachern

Professor of Anthropology

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Sociology And Anthropology
205 Adams Hall

Spring 2015

  • Introduction to Archaeology (ANTH 1102)
  • Contemporary Issues in Anthropology (ANTH 3010A)

Scott MacEachern


  • B.A. (Prince Edward Island)
  • M.A., Ph.D. (Calgary)

Scott MacEachern specializes in African archaeology and ethnoarchaeology; research involves the study of state formation and ethnicity in Iron Age Central Africa.

Big Histories, Human LivesMacEachern, Scott, David Scott, Jean-Marie Datouang Djoussou and Molly Carlson
2013     Iron artifacts from the DGB-1 site, northern Cameroon: metallurgical analysis and ethnoarchaeological analogiesJournal of African Archaeology 11(1): 39-54.

MacEachern, Scott and Nicholas David
2013      Monumental architecture in mountain landscapes: the diy-geɗ-bay sites of northern CameroonAzania: Archaeological Research in Africa 48(2): 241-262.

2013      Time on the timeless continent: history and archaeological chronologies in the southern Lake Chad Basin. In Big histories, human lives: tackling problems of scale in archaeology, edited by Tim Pauketat and John Robb, pp. 123-144. School for Advanced Research Press, Santa Fe.

2012      Wandala and the DGB sites: political centralisation and its alternatives north of the Mandara MountainsAzania: Archaeological Research in Africa 47(2): 272-287.

2012     The Holocene history of the southern Lake Chad Basin: archaeological, linguistic and genetic evidenceAfrican Archaeological Review 29(2): 253-271. 

The prehistory of the northern Mandara Mountains and surrounding plains. In Metals in Mandara Mountains’ society and culture, edited by Nicholas David, pp. 29-67. Red Sea Press, Trenton NJ.2012    The prehistory of the northern Mandara Mountains and surrounding plains. In Metals in Mandara Mountains’ society and culture, edited by Nicholas David, pp. 29-67. Red Sea Press, Trenton NJ.

2012   Rethinking the Mandara political landscape: enslavement, climate and an entry into history in the second millennium AD. In Power and Landscape in Atlantic West Africa, edited by Akin Ogundiran and J. Cameron Monroe, pp. 309-338. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

2011   The concept of race in contemporary anthropology. In Race and ethnicity: the United States and the world, 2nd edition, edited by Raymond Scupin, pp. 34-57. Prentice Hall, New York. 

2011   Enslavement and everyday life: living with slave raiding in the northern Mandara Mountains of Cameroon. In Slavery in Africa: archaeology and memory (Proceedings of the British Academy 168), edited by Paul Lane and Kevin MacDonald, pp. 109-124. Oxford University Press, Oxford and London.

Komé - Kribi: Rescue Archaeology Along the Chad-Cameroon Oil Pipeline, 1999-2004 Monograph Series Volume 42010     Komé – Kribi: rescue archaeology along the Chad-Cameroon Oil Pipeline, 1999-2004/ De Komé à Kribi: archéologie preventive le long le oléoduc Tchad-Cameroun, 1999-2004. With Philippe Lavachery, Tchago Bouimon and Christophe Mbida. Journal of African Archaeology Monograph Series Volumes 4 and 5 (separate English and French versions). Africa Magna Verlag, Frankfurt.  

2010   Seeing like an oil company’s CHM programme: Exxon and archaeology on the Chad Export Project. Journal of Social Archaeology 10(3): 457-476. ( http://jsa.sagepub.com)

2007 Where in Africa does Africa start? Identity, genetics and African Studies from the Sahara to Darfur. Journal of Social Archaeology 7(3):393-412.

2006 Africanist archaeology and ancient IQ: racial science and cultural evolution in the 21st century. World Archaeology 38(1):72-92.

chadLavachery, Philippe, Scott MacEachern and Tchago Bouimon
2005 Cultural heritage management in Central Africa: regional survey on the Chad - Cameroon Oil Pipeline. Antiquity 79(303).

Lavachery, Philippe, Scott MacEachern, Tchago Bouimon, Bienvenu Gouem Gouem, Pierre Kinyock, Jean Mbairoh, Christophe Mbida and Olivier Nkonkonda.
2005 Komé to Ebomé: archaeological research for the Chad Export Project, 1999 - 2003. Journal of African Archaeology 3(2):175-193.

archaeology2004 Two thousand years of West African history. In African archaeology. A critical introduction, edited by Ann Stahl, pp. 441-466. Blackwell Publishers, London.

2002 Beyond the belly of the house: space and power in the Mandara Mountains. Journal of Social Archaeology 2(2):197-219.
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darwin2002 Descent. In Darwin and archaeology: a handbook of key concepts, edited by John Hart and John Terrell, pp. 125-141. Bergin and Garvey, Westport.

2001 Setting the boundaries: linguistics, ethnicity, colonialism and archaeology south of Lake Chad. In Language, archaeology and culture history: essays on language and ethnicity in prehistory, edited by John Terrell, pp. 79-102. Bergin and Garvey, Westport.

2001 Cultural resource management and Africanist archaeology. Antiquity 75(290):866-871.
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2000 Genes, tribes, and African history. Current Anthropology 41(3):357-384.
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social boundariesMacEachern, Scott, Claire Bourges and Maureen Reeves
2001 Early horse remains from northern Cameroon. Antiquity 75 (287): 62-67.
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1998 Scale, style and cultural variation: technological traditions in the northern Mandara Mountains. In The archaeology of social boundaries, edited by Miriam Stark, pp. 107-131. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington.

Many of my papers are available at http://bowdoin.academia.edu/ScottMacEachern

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DGB Archaeological Project. 2008-present – Director of an archaeological research project in northern Cameroon. Fieldwork in 2008 and 2010/2011.

Chad Development Project. April, 1999 - present - Establishment of archaeological research programme, training and archaeological survey along oil pipeline right-of-way for World Bank/ExxonMobil, southwestern Chad/eastern Cameroon.

Projet Maya-Wandala. May, 1992 - present - Director of an archaeological and ethnohistorical research project in northern Cameroon and Nigeria. Fieldwork 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996.

Independent Research. May - July, 1987, August - September, 1991 - Archival research in the French and British colonial archives.

Mandara Archaeological Project. January - August, 1984, January - December, 1986, May - July, 1989 - Associate researcher with Dr. Nicholas David (University of Calgary). Archaeological, ethnoarchaeological and ethnohistorical research in Cameroon.

Scott MacEachern (R), with Bienvenu Gouemgouem (L) and Pierre Kinyock (C)
on a survey in eastern Cameroon, 2001.

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