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Brian Fagan

Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Brian Fagan is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a full-time writer.

As a professor of Anthropology at the University from 1967 to 2003, Mr. Fagan became an expert in communicating archaeology and the study of the human past to general audiences.

From 1959 to 1965, Mr. Fagan worked in the National Museum of Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and excavated early farming villages in Central Africa. He was one of the pioneers of multidisciplinary African history.

Mr. Fagan has written numerous popular books on archaeology, among them "The Adventure of Archaeology" and "Egypt of the Pharaohs" for the National Geographic Society.

Mr. Fagan was born in England and studied archaeology at Pembroke College, Cambridge University. Since 1966, he has lived and worked in the United States.

Articles by Brian Fagan

Water: The Elixir of Life

Why could water become one of the world's most precious natural resources?

August 29, 2011

Weathering the French Revolution

What role did climate and weather play in the French Revolution?

December 6, 2004

The Long Summer

What are the costs of widespread environmental negligence?

August 18, 2004