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Department of Anthropology


Kenneth Goodley Kelly

Title: Professor
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Department: Anthropology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-2616
Office: Gambrell Hall, 401
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
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Ken Kelly


Professor Kenneth Kelly completed his BA in Anthropology at UCLA, his MA in Anthropology at William and Mary, and his PhD in Anthropology at UCLA. Originally from California, Dr. Kelly has been at USC since 1998. He served as the chair of the Department of Anthropology from 2014 until 2017.

Research Interests

Historical archaeology, Africa, Caribbean


Dr. Kenneth Kelly is an anthropological archaeologist who studies the impacts of the slave trade on coastal African societies, and the ways enslaved people in the Caribbean endured the conditions of slavery. In Africa, Dr. Kelly has directed excavation projects in Benin and Guinea, where they focused on the settlements and settings where European and American slave traders interacted with Africans. In the Caribbean, Dr. Kelly has directed projects investigating the lives of enslaved laborers on sugar plantations in Guadeloupe and Martinique. He has recently begun a project exploring the ways in which architecture is used in creating a sense of place and identity in the temporary camps of Black Rock City at the Burning Man festival in Nevada.


ANTH 161 Human Origins: An Introduction to Biological Anthropology

ANTH 745 Historical Archaeology Seminar

Representative Publications 


2014   Kelly, Kenneth G. and Benoit Bérard, eds. Bitasion: Archéologie des Habitations-Plantations des Petites Antilles/Lesser Antilles Plantation Archaeology.  Taboui no. 1, Caribbean Archaeology Series. Leiden, NL, Sidestone Press.

2011   Kelly, Kenneth G. and Meredith D. Hardy, eds. French Colonial Archaeology in the Southeast and Caribbean.  Gainesville, University Presses of Florida. 250 pages.

Referred Articles and Chapters

2014   Kelly, Kenneth G. and Diane Wallman “Enslaved Laborer Plantation Foodways in the FWI,” Afriques [on line], 05 | 2014, mis en ligne le 15 décembre 2014, consulté le 05 janvier 2015. URL :

2014   Kelly, Kenneth G. “Les ‘Rues Cases Nègres:’  archeology de la vie des esclaves dans les Antilles françaises.”  In Archéologie de l’esclavage colonial, André Depuech and Jean-Paul Jacob (eds). Paris: La Découverte /INRAP, pp. 199-213.

2013   Kelly, Kenneth G. “La Vie Quotidienne des Habitations Sucrières aux Antilles:  l’archéologie à la découverte d’une histoire cachée.”  In Situ—Revue de patrimoines. [En ligne], 20 | 2013, mis en ligne le 14 février 2013, consulté le 27 avril 2013. URL :

Recent Accomplishments 

  • 2015:  Kelly Kenneth G. and Elhadj Ibrahima Fall. Employing archaeology to (dis)entangle the nineteenth-century illegal slave trade on the Rio Pongo, Guinea. Atlantic Studies 12(3): 317-335.
  • 2015:  Kelly, Kenneth G.. Guest Editor, Journal of Atlantic Studies Global Current Special Issue Connecting Continents: South Carolina and the Guinea Coast.  http://www.
  • 2015:  Kelly, Kenneth G., Kelly Goldberg, Elhadj Fall, Diane Wallman, and Vincent Rousseau. Seeking the "Illegal" slave trade on the Guinea Coast: Archaeological work on the Rio Pongo. Nyame Akuma 83: 11-12
  • 2015:  Diane Wallman, Kelly’s PhD student (PhD 2014) accepted a tenure track position in the Department of Anthropology at the University of  South Florida
  • 2015:  Kelly and Hardy book French Colonial Archaeology in the Southeast and Caribbean issued in 2nd, paperback edition.
  • 2012:  Awarded Wenner-Gren Foundation International Collaborative Research Grant

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