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Sociology and Anthropology

Scott MacEachern

Professor of Anthropology

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Sociology And Anthropology

Adams Hall - 205

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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.

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

Ethnic ambiguity and the African past: materiality, history, and the shaping of cultural identities2015    African models in global histories. In Theory in Africa, Africa in theory: locating meaning in archaeology, edited by Stephanie Wynne-Jones and Jeffrey Fleisher. Routledge Publishing, London. 

2015     What was the Wandala state, and who are the Wandala? In Ethnic ambiguity and the African past: materiality, history, and the shaping of cultural identities, edited by François Richard and Kevin MacDonald, pp. 172-191. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek CA. 

Wright, David, Scott MacEachern and Jaeyoung Lee
2014     Analysis of feature intervisibility and cumulative visibility using GIS, Bayesian and spatial statistics: a study from the Mandara Mountains, Northern Cameroon. PLoS ONE 9(11): e112191. 

Oxford handbook of African archaeology2013   Genetics and archaeology. Oxford handbook of African archaeology, edited by Peter Mitchell and Paul Lane, pp. 65-76. Oxford University Press, Oxford and London. 

MacEachern, 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.

Big Histories, Human Lives

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)

Curriculum vita in PDF format PDF»

DGB Archaeological Project. 2008-present – Director of an archaeological research project in northern Cameroon. Fieldwork in 2008, 2010/2011 and 2014.  

Chad Development Project. 1999 - 2011 - 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-Wandala1992 -2002  – 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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