Dr. Kent Fowler

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Dr. Kent Fowler

Associate Professor
Office: 433 Fletcher Argue
Phone: (204) 474-8999/ (204) 474-1504
Email: Kent.Fowler@umanitoba.ca
Website: http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~fowlerk/


PhD, University of Alberta
MA, University of Manitoba
BA, University of Manitoba


Recent Courses:

  • ANTH 1210 - Human Origins and Antiquity 
  • ANTH 2100 - Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANTH 3950 - Artifact Analysis
  • ANTH 4790/7410 - Selected Topics in Archaeology 

Areas of Specialization:

My research examines social complexity in food producing societies. My particular interest is in how we use pottery function, style and technology to understand past lifeways.

Current Research:

My approach to the study of pottery is interdisciplinary, insofar as I pursue combinations of ethnoarchaeology, ethnography, experimental archaeology, geochemistry, in addition to conventional pottery analysis methods to explore how archaeologists can improve our inferences about social behaviour through the study of pottery function, style and technology. My current research involves four projects: one investigating the relationships between social boundaries and identity in modern Zulu pottery producing communities southern Africa; a second examines the emergence of the Zulu kingdom through the political-economy of military towns; a third investigates pottery technology to inform us about the development of craft specialisation in early urban centres of the Near East; and a fourth involves examines how pottery was made in Late Woodland societies in Manitoba.


Recent Publications:

  • Fowler, Kent D., Basco, Kate & Fayek, Mostafa (2017). Pre-contact pottery tempering practices at Sipiwesk Lake, Manitoba: The effects of grit tempering on drying and firing. Canadian Journal of Archaeology, 41, 97-116.
  • Fowler, Kent D., Sandred, Örjan. & Whiteway, Autumn (2017). Acoustic perceptions of vessel fitness in southern Africa. Journal of Material Culture. DOI: 10.1177/1359183517701301
  • Fowler, Kent D. and Johnson, Derek (2017). Given a choice: Integrating approaches to choice and wellbeing in present and past societies. In: Englehardt, Joshua and Rieger, Ivy (eds.) These "Thin Partitions": Bridging the Growing Divide between Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology, pp. 225-251. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.
  • Fowler, Kent D. (2016). Ethnography. In: HUNT, A. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Ceramic Analysis, pp. 469-486. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199681532.013.26
  • Fowler, Kent D. (2015). Zulu ceramic production in the Phongolo River Basin, South Africa. Southern African Humanities, 27, 85-115.
  • Fowler, Kent D. (2014). Ceramic production in Swaziland. Anthropos 109: 1-18.
  • Fowler, Kent D. (2011). Ceramic discard and the organization of space at Early Iron Age Ndondondwane, South Africa. Journal of Field Archaeology 36 (2): 151-166.
  • Fowler, Kent D. (2011). The Zulu ceramic tradition in Msinga, South Africa. Southern African Humanities, 23: 173-202.
  • Fowler, Kent D., Fayek, Mostafa and Emma Middleton. (2011). Clay acquisition and processing strategies during the first millennium AD in southeastern Africa. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal 26 (5): 762-785.
  • Fowler, Kent D. and Haskel J. Greenfield (2009). Unravelling settlement history at Ndondondwane, South Africa: a micro-chronological analysis. Southern African Humanities 21: 345-393.

Other Outputs:

Recent Papers Presented

  • Fowler, Kent D., Fayek, Mostafa, and van Schalkwyk, Leonard O. (2015). The human element: How potters complicate chemical approaches to sourcing archaeological ceramics. 47th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association, April 29-May 2. St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Fowler, Kent D., Fayek, Mostafa, Birse, Scott, Sharma, Raven, Middleton, Emma & Brownlee, Kevin (2015). Identifying pre-contact pottery resource areas in northern Manitoba. 47th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association, April 29-May 2. St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Fowler, Kent D., Fayek, Mostafa & Middleton, Emma (2015). Feeding the Zulu army: Ceramic evidence for provisioning of nineteenth century Zulu amakhanda. Johannesburg, University of the Witswatersrand.

Recent Book Reviews

  • Fowler, Kent D. (2013). Material knowledges, thermodynamic spaces and the Moloko sequence of the Late Iron Age (AD 1300–1840) in southern Africa. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, 48, 328-330.