Zoe Crossland

Domaine de recherche


Pays de résidence

États-Unis d'Amérique


Assistant Professor


Columbia University, New York, New York

Adresse électronique



Department of Anthropology
Columbia University
452 Schermerhorn Extension, MC 5523
New York, New York 10027 USA


phone: 212 854 7465
fax: 212 854 7347

Pays de spécialisation

Madagascar ; Argentina.


I work in the field of historical archaeology and my primary interest is
in situations where divergent sets of beliefs and practices converge upon
one place, and the conflict that often ensues as a result.

a) Research in Madagascar: traces the introduction of Protestant
Christianity into Madagascar by British missionaries at the start of the
19th century.

b) Exploration of forensic archaeology and Charles Sanders Peirce's
semiotics through a study of excavations of mass graves in Argentina and
the political controversy surrounding them.


The Outward Clash: Interpreting Forensic Anthropology. Topics in
Contemporary Archaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Frontier Landscapes: Survey and Excavation in the Andrantsay region of
Madagascar. Ann Arbor: Museum of Anthropology.

2009 "Of clues and signs: the dead body and its evidential traces,"
American anthropologist. 111, 1: 69-80.

2006 "Landscape and mission in Madagascar and Wales in the early 19th
century: 'Sowing the seeds of knowledge'," In Landscapes, 7(1): 93-121.

2003 "Towards an archaeology of 'empty' space: the 'efitra' of the
Middle West of Madagascar." Discussions in Anthropology, 14: 18-36.

2002 "Violent spaces: conflict over the reappearance of Argentina's
disappeared." In: The Archaeology of 20th Century Conflict, J. Schofield,
C. Beck, and W. G. Johnson (eds), pp. 115-131. One World Archaeology
series. London: Routledge.

2001 "Time and the ancestors: landscape survey in the Andrantsay region
of Madagascar." Antiquity, 75(290): 825-836.

2000 "Buried lives: forensic archaeology and Argentina.s
disappeared." Archaeological Dialogues, 7(2): 146-159.


historical archaeology ; conflict of representation ; semiotics.