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James Davidson, Ph.D.

Valerie Burke DeLeon
Associate Professor 
Office: Turlington Hall, Room B134
Phone: (352) 294-7592


  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, 2004
  • M.A. Anthropology, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 1999
  • B.A. Archaeological Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1990

Research Interests

Historical archaeology (19th/20th century), African diaspora, mortuary studies, folk beliefs

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Selected Publications

Davidson, James M. (2015). “A Cluster of Sacred Symbols”: Interpreting an Act of Animal Sacrifice at Kingsley Plantation, Fort George Island, Florida (1814-1839). International Journal of Historical Archaeology 19(1).

Davidson, James M. 2014. Deconstructing the Myth of the “Hand Charm”: Mundane Clothing Fasteners and Their Curious Transformations into Supernatural Objects. Historical Archaeology 48(4).

Davidson, James M., and Karen E. McIlvoy. 2012. New Perspectives from Old Collections: Potential Artifacts of African Spirituality at Couper Plantation, Georgia. The Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage 1(2):107-166.

Davidson, James M. 2012. Encountering the Ex-Slave Reparations Movement from the Grave: The National Industrial Council and National Liberty Party, 1901-1907. The Journal of African American History 97(1-2):13-38.

Davidson, James M. 2012. “They laid planks ‘crost the coffins”: The African Origin of Grave Vaulting in the United States. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 16(1):86-134.

Davidson, James M. and Robert C. Mainfort, Jr. 2012. Hidden Differences Beneath a Surface Equality: Mortuary Variability in Two Late Nineteenth-Century Cemeteries in Crawford County, Arkansas. Southeastern Archaeology 30(2):203-214.

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