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David Palmer

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Contact David Palmer
843-349-2266 dpalmer1@coastal.edu

Brittain 351

Office Hours

Thursdays 12-2 p.m. in Brittain 351 and by appointment via Zoom.
Open Lab, Tuesdays 2-4 p.m, Prince 112.


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