Assistant Professor, Anthropology

David Palmer

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Phone: 843-349-2266 Email: Office Hours:



David Palmer is an anthropological archaeologist specializing in historical archaeology. A Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) since 2002, Palmer has experience from historical and prehistoric projects in the U.S. Southeast, New England, Arizona, California, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. In addition to university-level teaching and research, Palmer has also worked in the area of cultural resources management (CRM) for private companies and tribal government and as a regional archaeologist.


Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

M.A., Anthropology, Louisiana State University

B.A., Archaeological Studies, Boston University

Program Affiliations

Department of Anthropology and Geography, The Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies, Graduate Faculty

Teaching Areas

Archaeology, historical archaeology, plantation archaeology, biological anthropology, archaeological field and laboratory methods, cultural resources management

Research Areas

Historical archaeology, African Diaspora, plantation archaeology