Dave Davis

Emeritus Professor of Anthropology

Office Location

300 Bailey Hall


(207) 780-5321


Academic Degrees

  • University of New Orleans, Philosophy, B.A., 1972
  • Yale University, Anthropology, M.Phil., 1974
  • Yale University, Anthropology, Ph.D., 1975


Dave was a Professor at the University of Southern Maine from 1988-2001.  He has directed archaeological and ethnohistoric research projects in eastern North America, East Africa, and the West Indies. He taught Archeology Field School, prehistory and ethnohistory of the West Indies and Ancient Mesoamerica to name a few. Research interests include material culture and social change, innovation diffusion and environmental history.


Academic Experience
Adjunct Professor, Tulane University, 2001-2013
Professor, University of Southern Maine, 1988-2001
Assistant/Associate Professor, Tulane University, 1977-1988
Assistant Professor, Brandeis University, 1975-1977

Related Experience
Senior Vice President, R. Christopher Goodwin & Assoc., Inc., 2013-2017.
Associate Dean, Tulane College, 2003-2013
Acting Director, Environmental Science and Policy Program, University of Southern Maine, 1999
Acting Chair, Department of Geography-Anthropology, University of Southern Maine, 1998
Acting Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Southern Maine, 1997
Languages: Spanish; French

Courses Taught:

Archaeology Field School

Prehistory of the West Indies

Ancient Mesoamerica

Historical Anthropology of the Caribbean.

Research Interests

Material culture and social change; innovation diffusion; archaeology and ethnohistory of eastern North America and the Caribbean; environmental history.

Recent Publications

2017. “Hidden Beneath the Seats: The History and Mysteries of Europe’s Misericords.” European Travel Magazine.
2005. “Reply to Campisi and Starns.” Ethnohistory. 51 (4).
2003. “Archaeological Renaissance of Anegada, British Virgin Islands.” With Kevin Oldfield. Journal of Caribbean Archaeology. 4: 1-11.
2002. “Flaked Stone Artifacts from the Tutu Site.” In The Tutu Archaeological Site, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands: A Multidisciplinary Case Study in Human Adaptation. E. Righter, editor. New York: Routledge.
2001. “A Case of Identity: Ethnogenesis of the New Houma Indians.” Ethnohistory. 48 (3).
2000. Jolly Beach and the Archaic Occupation of Antigua, West Indies. New Haven: Yale University Publications in Anthropology (No. 83).