Department ofAnthropology

Matthew Kroot

Matthew Kroot

Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer

Matthew Kroot is an archaeologist who works primarily in West Africa, the Middle East, and California. He specializes in stone artifact and animal bone analysis. His primary theoretical interests include the political and economic organization in village-based communities and the role that present-day concerns play in interpretations of the past. He is currently the co-director of the Bandafassi Regional Archaeological Project in southeastern Senegal. BRAP explores how a number of dramatic global and regional forces over the past millennium, including the growth of medieval West African states and empires, the development of the Atlantic System, including the transatlantic slave trade, the expansion of West African Islamic revival states, and European colonization, intersected with local practices to transform political and economic relations within village communities.


Anthropology 4: Vanished Peoples and Lost Civilizations
Anthropology 11A/12A: Peace and Violence
Anthropology 189: North American Prehistory


Gokee, Cameron; Kroot, Matthew V.; Kantoussan, Aime; Athie, Adama; Tamba, Djiby; Sarr, Massar (2015) “Le paysage historique de la Haute Gambie: Resultats des reconnaissances archeologiques en 2013 et 2015.” Nyame Akuma. (84): 27-40.

Kroot, Matthew V. (2012) “Al-Khayran.” In “Archaeology in Jordan, 2010 and 2011 Seasons.” Keller, Donald R. et al. American Journal of Archaeology. 116(4): 722-723.

Makarewicz, Cheryl A.; Nathan B. Goodale; Philipp Rassmann; Chantel White; Holly Miller; Jihad Haroun; Eric Carlson; Alexis Pantos; Matt Kroot; Seiji Kadowaki; Aksel Casson; James T. Williams; Anne E. Austin; Benjamin Fabre (2006) “El-Hemmeh: A multi-period Pre-Pottery Neolithic site in the Wadi el-Hasa, Jordan.” Journal of Eurasian Prehistory. 4(2):177-213.