Elizabeth Clay


I am an anthropological archaeologist with a specialization in historical archaeology. My research centers on colonial Caribbean plantation societies, race and racism, and the cultural heritage of slavery. Currently, my dissertation project investigates the material and social legacies of 19th c. slavery and abolition in French Guiana, an overseas department of France located in South America.


M.A. French Cultural Studies, Columbia University, 2010 B.A. with honors in Anthropology and American Studies, Washington College, 2008

Research Interests

French Caribbean, African Diaspora, French colonialism and post colonialism, plantation archaeology, community-based research, landscape archaeology

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Dissertation Title

Slavery and Freedom on the Fringes of France: Historical Archaeology at Habitation La Caroline, French Guiana

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