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Roderick McIntosh, '73

Professor of Anthropology

Mcintosh_rod_june_2018 Roderick J. McIntosh '73, Clayton Stephenson/Class of 1954 Professor of Anthropology and Curator-in-Charge of Anthropology at the Peabody Museum, is an archaeologist who has dedicated his career to studying the ancient Old World. He earned his Ph.D. at Cambridge University in 1979. Before returning to Yale in 2006, he taught at Rice University for more than twenty-five years.

He boasts over 40 years of fieldwork (excavations and surveys) in French-speaking Africa, most recently working in the southern Sahara of Mali (around Timbuktu), Madagascar, and in the Middle Senegal Valley of northern Senegal. For five summers Professor McIntosh taught at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, where he was called in to direct the reconstitution of archaeology at that formerly Afrikaner university. McIntosh remains on the faculty as Honorary Professor and now has several Pretoria graduates in his Ph.D. program at Yale.

He is spearheading a human response to environmental change project in the "Limpopo River corridor" that encompasses Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique. Professor McIntosh has published extensively (including eleven books), and is currently working on a book manuscript about the origins of Africa's first empires. He has a number of Mediterranean projects, past and present. These include malaria epidemics in Late Antiquity and human response to climate change during Antiquity.

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Upcoming programs with Roderick McIntosh

  > Pride of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe - 01/14/2020 - 01/30/2020
  > The Origins of Man in Southwest France and Northern Spain - 10/10/2020 - 10/19/2020