R. Grant Gilmore III

Associate Professor and Addlestone Chair in Historic Preservation

Address: 12 Bull Street
Phone: 843.953.6352
E-mail: gilmorerg@cofc.edu
Personal Website: https://cofc.academia.edu/RichardGrantGilmoreIII


During my twenty-five years of professional archaeological teaching and excavation experience I have worked in the United States, United Kingdom and sites across the Caribbean dating from the present to the Medieval (in Europe) and Contact Period (in the Americas).  I specialize in 17th- and 18th-century archaeology and heritage management. With Nathaniel Walker I co-founded and currently direct our urban design graduate program, Community Planning, Policy and Design.

After completing my B.A. and M.A. at the College of William and Mary I worked for several years with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Department of Archaeological Research. During this period I took a Comparative Colonial Archaeology Class taught by Prof. Marley Brown III, Prof. James F. Deetz and Dr. Edward Cecil Harris that expanded my research vision well beyond Tidewater Virginia to include much of the Atlantic World.  My fieldwork with Prof. Norman Barka introduced me to the island of St. Eustatius.  The island became the focus of my doctoral research at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London where I examined the African Diaspora in the Atlantic World.  The IoA is considered the top archaeology department in the United Kingdom.

In addition to co-editing the Encyclopedia of Caribbean Archaeology with Prof. Basil Reid, I am the author of several book chapters, articles and monographs in professional and public journals and magazines. I established (in 2004) and Directed the St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research until I left St Eustatius in 2011.  At SECAR, I taught hundreds of professional, student and avocational volunteers in courses on artifacts, excavation techniques and historical archaeology and building recording and preservation. Through my appointment in the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University, I taught graduate courses in Historical Archaeology as well as undergraduates in the field.


PhD University College London, Institute of Archaeology

M.A. College of William and Mary in Virginia, Anthropology/Historic Archaeology

B.A. College of William and Mary in Virginia, History and Government

International Fellow at Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello

Research Interests

In addition to my primary research interest in the African Diaspora, I have been exploring the origins of Capitalism within Atlantic colonial economies, religious sites archaeology, architecture and landscapes, vernacular architecture, heritage management, historic preservation and public archaeology.  I am involved in ICAHM.  The International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management advises ICOMOS and the World Heritage Committee on matters that pertain to all aspects of the management of archaeological sites and landscapes. These include formulating and propagating standards and best practices for both archaeological research and cultural resource management. 

Specialties: Comparative Colonial Archaeology and Architecture, artifact analyses (statistical, chemical etc.), Public Archaeology, Heritage Management, African Diaspora, Caribbean, and Geographic Information Systems.

Courses Taught


HPCP 199 Introduction to Historic Preservation
HPCP 215 Researching Historic Properties
HPCP 290 Special Topics (including Global Issues in Historic Preservation and Historic Preservation in the Atlantic World)


I also occasionaly teach in the joint Masters Degree program in Historic Preservation here in Charleston.


Selected Publications

Gilmore, R. G. (2019) “The Congo Free Black Village and Burial Ground on St Eustatius” In T. Ahlman (Ed.) Out of the Ordinary: Historical Archaeologies on and Beyond Caribbean Plantations. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press.

Alhman, T., R. G. Gilmore, J. Ferguson, B. Heath, and G. Schroedl (2019) “Examining inter- and intra- island Afro-Caribbean ware trade networks in the Lesser Antilles” In T. Ahlman (Ed.) Out of the Ordinary: Historical Archaeologies on and Beyond Caribbean Plantations.

Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press.

Gilmore, R. G. with B. Reid (Eds.) (2014). The Encyclopaedia of Caribbean Archaeology.  Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

Gilmore, R. G. and L. Nelson (2015). “The Dutch West Indies Company Headquarters on St Eustatius”.  In C. Hofman and J. Haviser (Eds.) In Managing Our Past into the Future Archaeological heritage management in the Dutch Caribbean, Sidestone Press: Oxford.

Gilmore, R. G. (2013). “St. Eustatius--The Nexus for Colonial Caribbean Capitalism”.  In The Archaeology of Interdependence The inaugural volume for series Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Archaeological Heritage Management, New York: Springerlink for ICOMOS and ICAHM.

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