Carol McDavid was raised in Houston, and during her early work life, ran a housing authority in Abilene, Texas (during a starter marriage to a B-52 pilot). This was followed by time in public relations, marketing, museum work, and the hospitality/food business before entering graduate school in her early 40’s and marrying Herman Kluge, a Houston musician and facilities executive. After finishing her Ph.D. in archaeology at the University of Cambridge, for the past few decades she has specialized in the historical and community/public archaeology of the African Diaspora, directing archaeology projects in Houston’s Freedmen’s Town and elsewhere. She’s enjoyed travel, for work and pleasure, to Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Africa, Europe, Canada, and various parts of the US. Now semi-retired, she edits a professional journal on community archaeology and heritage, and spends as much time as possible doing mixed-media artwork, cooking, and more traveling. After Herman’s death in 2018, she continues to share her 1925 Montrose bungalow with her two dogs. As soon as Covid-19 allows, she plans to spend time staring at the water from her cottage in Belfast, Maine, visiting points beyond in Europe and Canada, and getting to know her new cohousing community in Houston.

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