Biography: Christopher R. DeCorse
Christopher R. DeCorse is an archaeologist with research interests in culture contact and change, material culture studies, and general anthropology. He has excavated at sites in the United States and the Caribbean, but his primary areas of research have been in the archaeology, ethnohistory, and ethnography of sub-Saharan Africa. DeCorse is interested in how archaeology can help us understand the transformations that occurred in Africa during the period of the Atlantic trade. His field experience includes sites in the Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Senegal, and Togo. However, his most recent archaeological research has focused on the African settlement at Elmina, Ghana, the site of the first and largest European trade post established in sub-Saharan Africa.
DeCourse’s principal publications include the Record of the Past: An Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology 2000; Anthropology: A Global Perspective, co-authored with Raymond Scupin 2001; West Africa during the Atlantic Slave Trade: Archaeological Perspectives, edited 2001; and An Archaeology of Elmina: Africans and Europeans on the Gold Coast 2001.