Carolyn D. Dillian, Ph.D., RPA
Assistant Professor of History (Anthropology)
Dr. Dillian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History. She is an archaeologist who researches the way in which people interacted in the past by studying mechanisms of trade and exchange. She uses stone tools and the materials people used to make their tools as a way of tracing these interactions, and has argued that casual mechanisms of interaction are important in the exchange of exotic, as well as and everyday items. Her work has included many years of field excavations in the United States and in Kenya.
In the U.S., Dr. Dillian is currently researching the prehistoric, Native American occupation of Waties Island, along the South Carolina coast. This work seeks to understand human/environment interactions through time and the way in which people adapted to changing conditions through the late Holocene. This interdisciplinary project includes ongoing archaeological survey and excavation, and is the site of the CCU Prehistoric Archaeological Field School (ANTH 395).
In Kenya, Dr. Dillian works with the Koobi Fora Field School (George Washington University/National Museums of Kenya) to understand how and why prehistoric people transitioned from a hunting-fishing-gathering subsistence pattern to one that incorporated domestic animals such as cattle and goats. Students are invited to participate in this program for academic credit and should contact Dr. Dillian for more information.
At Coastal Carolina University, Dr. Dillian is teaching courses on human origins, archaeology, Cultural Resources Management, field and laboratory methods, African prehistory, and North American prehistory. She is also the Director of CCU's Prehistoric Archaeological Field School and is a co-Field Director with the Koobi Fora Field School in Kenya.
Dr. Dillian received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She holds M.S. and B.A. degrees in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists.
Office: 365 Brittain Hall
Dr. Carolyn Dillian
Department of History
Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC 29528-6054
Summer Hours by Appointment Only