Yale University Department of Anthropology

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Roderick J. McIntosh

Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D. University of Cambridge, 1979


Office address:
51 Hillhouse Avenue, Room 207
Tel: (203) 432-6649
Fax: (203) 432-3669

Professor McIntosh excavates (continuing almost 30 years) at Jenne-jeno, Mali (considered the oldest city in sub-Saharan Africa). He also dug in Ghana and directed archaeological projects in Senegal and at several other locales within the Middle Niger of Mali. He has also held a Visiting Professorship at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) from 2002-2005. In 1990 he was a Guggenheim Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford); in 1991 he was Senior Fulbright Fellow at the University of Dakar, Senegal, and in 2000 at the University of Mali. His principal interests are in the later prehistory of Africa, the origin of complex societies worldwide (esp. urbanism), palaeoclimate and human response, the intellectual history of archaeology, and the suppression of the illicit international traffic in art and antiquities.

Recent & Featured Publications

Plundering Africa’s Past

Indiana University Press, 1996

co-edited with Schmidt, PR.

The Way the Wind Blows: Climate Change, History, and Human Action

Columbia University Press, 2000

co-edited with Tainter, JA, & McIntosh, SK