Zoë Crossland

Professor of Anthropology, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Director of the Center for Archaeology

Department of Anthropology, Rm 452 Schermerhorn Ext, 1200 Amsterdam Avenue, MC 5523
New York, NY 10027


Zoë Crossland is trained as an archaeological anthropologist. She undertakes research into the landscape histories of highland Madagascar and is currently working with colleagues Chantal Radilmilahy, Bako Rasoarifetra and Rafolo Andrianaivoarivony (University of Antananarivo) on the history of irrigated rice agriculture around Antananarivo, with a particular focus on the constitution of sovereignty through and with the partnership of rice plants, paddy fields and irrigation structures. Crossland also publishes on semiotics, forensic anthropology, and concepts of evidence.


Apr 14, 2021

The Malagasy World ~ Updates

Updates on progress with The Malagasy World


Under contract  The Malagasy World. Z. Crossland, K. Douglass, and C. Radimilahy (eds). London: Routledge.

2019 A critical review of radiocarbon dates clarifies the human settlement of Madagascar. Quaternary Science Reviews 221: 105878. K. Douglass, S. Hixon, H. T. Wright d, L. R. Godfrey, B. E. Crowley, B. Manjakahery, T. Rasolondrainy, Z. Crossland, C. Radimilahy

2015 C. M. Radimilahy and Z. Crossland. Situating Madagascar: Indian Ocean dynamics and archaeological histories. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa. 50(4): 495-518.

2014 Encounters with Ancestors in Highland Madagascar: Material Signs and Traces of the Dead. Cambridge University Press.

2014 The Anthropocene: locating agency, imagining the future. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology. (Forum on the Anthropocene). 1(1): 123-128.

2006 Landscape and mission in Madagascar and Wales in the early 19th century: ‘Sowing the seeds of knowledge’. Landscapes 7(1): 93-121.

2003 Lova/Inheritance: Past and Present in Madagascar, Z. Crossland, G. Sodikoff and W. Griffin (eds). Michigan Discussions in Anthropology 14.

2003 Towards an archaeology of ‘empty’ space: the efitra of the Middle West of Madagascar. Michigan Discussions in Anthropology, 14: 18-36.

2001 Time and the ancestors: landscape survey in the Andrantsay region of Madagascar. Antiquity 75(290): 825-836.