Kenneth Lewis

  • Professor, Department of Anthropology
  • Adjunct Curator of History and Anthropology, MSU Museum


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Curriculum vitae

Research Interests

    Historical Archaeology
    Frontiers and Colonization
    Archaeological Methodology
    Settlement Patterning and Archaeological Landscapes
    Eastern North America
    South Carolina

Biographical Info

BA, University of Florida, 1967

MA, University of Florida, 1969

U. S. Army, 1969-1970

PhD, University of Oklahoma, 1975

Archaeologist, Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of South Carolina, 1974-1984

Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, 1984-1987

Associate Professor, Michigan State University, 1987-2002

Professor, Michigan State University, 2002-present


  • 2013  "Little Better than a Heap of Rubbish"; History, Legend, and the Archaeological Record at Camden. South Carolina Historical Magazine 114: 231-248.
  • 2012  How 'Twas Done: Joseph Kershaw, the Rise of a Commercial Economy in the South Carolina Backcountry, and Its Implications for Archaeology. Southeastern Conference on Historic Sites Archaeology,
  • 2011  Review of A History of Kershaw County, South Carolina, by Joan A. Inabinet and L. Glen Inabinet, South Carolina Historical Magazine, forthcoming.
  • 2010  Edited with Russell K. Skowronek.  Beneath the Ivory Tower: The Archaeology of Academia, University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
  • 2010  Function, Circumstance, and the Archaeological Record: The Elusive Past at Saints' Rest. In Beneath the Ivory Tower: The Archaeology of Academia, edited by Russell K. Skowronek and Kenneth E. Lewis, pp. 9-35. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
  • 2010  The Metropolis and the Backcountry: The Making of a Colonial Landscape on the South Carolina Frontier. In Perspectives from Historical Archaeology 5: Revealing Landscapes, compiled by Christopher C. Fennell, pp. 178-192. Austin, TX. 2009  Frontier Change, Institution Building, and the Arcaheological Record in the South Carolina Backcountry. Southeastern Archaeology 28 (2): 184-201.
  • 2008  The Settlement Experience. In Michigan: Geography and Geology, edited by Randall Schaetzl, Joe Darden, and Danita Brandt, pp. 412-429. Pearson, New York.
  • 2007  Tracing Euro-American Expansion in Southern Lower Michigan. In Mapping in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region, edited by David I. Macleod, pp. 263-285. Michigan State University Press, East Lansing.
  • 2006  Camden: Historical Archaeology in the South Carolina Backcountry. Thomson Wadsworth, Belmont, CA.
  • Dept. of Anthropology