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Steven Harris

Steven Harris

Contact Information:

PhD Advisor:

Douglas V. Armstrong

Steven Harris

Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology Department

Graduate Research Associate, Program on Latin America and the Caribbean

Highest degree earned

B.S., Syracuse University

Graduate Student Dissertation Title

Ironing out the Details: An Archaeological Investigation of Barbadian Iron at Trents Plantation, explored through elements of Knowledge, Practice, and Resistance


Steven Harris is a doctoral student in historical archaeology with a focus on Caribbean archaeology, archaeometallurgy, and the African diaspora. He earned a B.S. in anthropology and earth science from Syracuse University in 2016, in addition to receiving a minor in Chinese studies.

His current research revolves around conducting archival research and elemental analysis on the collection of ferrous artifacts recovered from a secluded cave site located on Trents Plantation, one of the earliest sugar plantations in Barbados. With strong implications that point towards the cave site representing elements of West African beliefs, his desire is to gain a better understanding of when the artifacts were used, what purpose they served, and who would have interacted with them.

Steven is a Fulbright U.S. Student recipient for the 2021-2022 academic year affiliated with the Barbados Museum and Historical Society in Bridgetown, Barbados. Steven has excavation experience in Barbados, the United States and Dominica. Prior to pursuing a doctoral degree, he served as peer mentor for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholar Program in Seattle, Washington.