PhD Candidate

Dissertation Title: Excavating the Deep History of Degradation: Animal Husbandry and the Environmental Impacts of Livestock Grazing in Pre and Early Historic South India


My name is Kelly Wilcox Black and I am an anthropologist with specialized training in archaeology, zooarchaeology, and dental microwear analysis.  My dissertation research focuses on human-animal relationships and human-environmental interactions throughout the Neolithic, Iron Age, and Early Historic periods in South India.  While South Asia is my research focus, I have also previously worked in Egypt and China.  In the future I hope to further expand my research by incorporating additional paleoecological datasets into my research, including isotopic analyses, and to conduct comparative zooarchaeological analyses at other South Indian archaeological sites.