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Department ofAnthropology

Nathan Anderson

Nathan Anderson
Nathan Anderson
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer

Nathan Anderson is an archaeologist whose research focuses on the precolonial period of the western Indian Ocean, specifically on permanent settlements on the East African coast. His current research seeks to examine the material manifestations of Muslim community faith along the fringes of northwestern Madagascar. Nathan Anderson has 11 years of professional archaeological experience involving survey and excavation in the California Mojave Desert, St Louis and western Illinois, Bahrain, Madagascar, Mozambique, and Tanzania.

Research Interests

  • Indian Ocean
  • Islamic frontiers
  • Islamic sects
  • The Swahili Materiality of faith


  • PhD Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, 2021
  • MA History of Art and Architecture of Islamic Middle East, School of Oriental and African Studies, 2014
  • BA Earth Science/Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2011


  • Anderson, N. J. (In Press) "The Archaeology of Islamization in Northern Madagascar". Journal of Islamic Archaeology.
  • Anderson, N. J. and Griffin, W. D. (In Press) “Islamic Communities of Coastal Madagascar”. In: Crossland, Z., Douglass, K., and Radimilahy, C. ed. The Malagasy world. London: Routledge.
  • Anderson, N. (31st December 2019) “Northwards from Sofala: Archaeological Reconnaissance in Cabo Delgado Province, Northern Mozambique”. Journal of African Cultural Heritage Studies, Vol 2 (Issue 1), 53-79."