Dr. Kathryn Deeley


Dr. Kathryn Deeley

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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Dr. Kathryn H. Deeley is a historical archaeologist whose research focuses on the study of African American communities in the 19th and early 20th centuries on the East Coast of the United States. She is originally from just outside of Washington, D.C., and has worked on archaeology projects in Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Portugal. She is currently working on a project on a 19th-century farm in Monroe, GA. Her research interests include historical archaeology, African-American archaeology, material culture studies, historic preservation, community outreach and public archaeology. In addition to teaching at GGC, Deeley has also taught anthropology courses at the University of Maryland and at Catholic University.


  • Doctorate – anthropology – University of Maryland, College Park
  • Master's – applied anthropology – University of Maryland, College Park
  • Bachelor's – anthropology – Wake Forest University

Academic Interests

  • Historical archaeology
  • African-American history and archaeology
  • Community outreach
  • Public archaeology
  • Historic preservation
  • Cultural resource management


  • 2020 “Annapolis: Historical Archaeology.” In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Claire Smith (ed). Springer. Co-authored with Jocelyn Knauf, Amanda Tang, and Mark P. Leone.
  • 2020 “Local Discourses in Archaeology.” In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Claire Smith (ed). Springer. Co-authored with Beth Pruitt, Benjamin A. Skolnik, and Mark P. Leone.
  • 2019 “How can there be no History?” Historical Archaeology. 53(3-4):674-685. Co-authored with Mark P. Leone, Tracy Jenkins, Stefan Woehlke, Brittany Hutchinson, Elizabeth Pruitt, and Benjamin Skolnik.
  • 2017 “Who’s Who and How Can We Tell?: The Archaeology of Group Identity and Demonstrating Belonging in Nineteenth-Century African-American Annapolis.” In Atlantic Crossings in the Wake of Frederick Douglass: Archaeology, Literature, and Spatial Culture. Mark Leone and Lee M. Jenkins (ed). Brill Academic Publishers.
  • 2013 “West African Spirit Practices in Annapolis, Maryland.” In Kongo Across the Waters. Robin E. Poynor (editor). University Press of Florida. Co-authored with Stefan F. Woehlke, Mark P. Leone, and Matthew Cochran.
  • 2011 “New Outlets for Old Foundations: Archaeology in Annapolis and Web-based Outreach.” African Diaspora Archaeology Network Newsletter. Vol. 14: Iss. 4, Article 23. Co-authored with Beth Pruitt and Mark P. Leone.

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for American Archaeology
  • Society for Historical Archaeology
  • Register of Professional Archaeologists
  • Southeastern Archaeological Conference
  • Society for Georgia Archaeology
  • Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists