Professor Brian M. Fagan, Ph.D.

Professor Brian M. Fagan
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Cambridge University
Few people are aware of the remarkable scope of archaeology, which provides remarkable insights into ancient societies. Today’s archaeology, with its discovery, hi-tech science, and laboratory work gives us a better understanding of what is it to be human.
Dr. Brian M. Fagan is Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Born in England, Dr. Fagan earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Archaeology and Anthropology from Pembroke College, Cambridge University. Professor Fagan's excavations in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) from 1959 to 1965 earned him recognition as a pioneer of multidisciplinary African history. He has served as Director of the Bantu Studies Project of the British Institute for Eastern Africa, Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana, and Visiting Professor at Whittier College and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Professor Fagan is the recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His other awards include the Public Service Award of the Society of Professional Archaeologists and the Public Education Award of the Society for American Archaeology. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1973. Dr. Fagan's many books include People of the Earth and In the Beginning, two widely used university and college textbooks in archaeology and prehistory. His other works include The Rape of the Nile, The Adventure of Archaeology, and The Little Ice Age. He also edited The Oxford Companion to Archaeology.

"Brian Fagan brings the subject of human prehistory alive. I never would have believed that seven million years of human evolution and development could have been covered so effectively in only 36 half-hour lectures. Bravo, Professor Fagan!"