Staff Spotlight

Dr. William F. Keegan

Bill Keegan portraitCurator of Caribbean Archaeology
134 Dickinson Hall
Museum Road & Newell Drive
GainesvilleFL 32611



Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 1985

Full Curriculum Vitae

Florida Museum Caribbean Archaeology

Journal of Caribbean Archaeology


Concurrent Appointments

Professor of Anthropology, Professor of Latin American Studies, Professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Florida.


Research Interests

Economic and Ecological Anthropology, Horticultural Societies and Farming Systems, Island Archaeology, West Indian archaeology.


Ongoing Fieldwork

Archaeological excavations in the Turks and Caicos Islands, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Trinidad, and Puerto Rico.


Outreach Projects

Chair of Department of Natural History Outreach Committee, FLMNH Exhibits committee, "Talking Taino" quarterly articles in Times of the Islands (Turks and Caicos Islands)


Courses Taught

Problems in Caribbean Prehistory (ANG 6933)


Graduate Students

Pete Sinelli, Ph.D. Candidate
Human colonization of the Bahamas

Reniel Rodríguez Ramos, Ph.D. Candidate
Lithics from prehistoric sites in Puerto Rico


Representative Publications

2004 William F. Keegan, Islands of Chaos. In Late Ceramic Age Societies in the Eastern Caribbean, edited by A. Delpuech and C.L. Hofman, pp. 33-44. Oxford: Archaeopress. (BAR International Series; Paris Monographs in American Archaeology; 14).

2004 Lizabeth A. Carlson and William F. Keegan, Prehistoric Resource Depletion in the Northern West Indies. In Voyages of Discovery, edited by S. Fitzpatrick, pp.85-107. Westwood Press, CT.

2003 William F. Keegan, Roger A. Portell, and John Slapcinsky, Changes in Invertebrate Taxa at Two Pre-Columbian Sites in Southwestern Jamaica, A.D. 800-1500. Journal of Archaeological Science 30:1607-1617.

2001 Sharyn Jones O'Day and William F. Keegan, Expedient Shell Tools From the Northern West Indies. Latin American Antiquity 12: 1-17.

2000 William F. Keegan, West Indian Archaeology. 3. Ceramic Age.Journal of Archaeological Research, 8: 135-167.

1997 William F. Keegan, Bahamian Archaeology: Life in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos before Columbus. Media Publishing, Nassau.

1992 William F. Keegan, The People Who Discovered Columbus: The Prehistory of the Bahamas. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

1991 William F. Keegan, editor. Earliest Hispanic/Native American Interactions in the Caribbean: A Sourcebook. The Spanish Borderlands Sourcebooks, David H. Thomas, General Editor. Garland Publishing, New York.

1987 William F. Keegan, editor. Emergent Horticultural Economies of the Eastern Woodlands. Center for Archaeological Investigations, Occasional Paper No. 7, SIU, Carbondale.