Briggs Buchanan - Faculty & Adjuncts

Briggs Buchanan, PhD

Briggs Buchanan, PhD
Associate Professor of Anthropology
College of Arts & Sciences
918-631-2860 Website Harwell Hall Room 103


PhD – University of New Mexico


Briggs Buchanan is an archaeologist primarily working on the Paleoindian period in the Americas.  His research focuses on investigating population history, cultural interactions, and adaptation during the late Pleistocene and early Holocene in the Americas.  He also has research interest in understanding the processes responsible for the evolution of cultural diversity and how cultural evolution operates in small-scale societies.  Buchanan's approach is to define testable implications from archaeological hypotheses and then generate data to test those using quantitative analysis.  He is conducting fieldwork projects at Paleoindian locales in Texas and Oklahoma, and pursuing a project in northeastern British Columbia.

Research Interests

Archaeology, Technological evolution, Evolutionary anthropology, Hunter-gatherers, quantitative analyses, stone tools, human-climate interactions, experimental archaeology.

Teaching Interests

Archaeology; Stone tool technology; Paleoindians; Quantitative Methods; Cultural Evolution

Courses Taught

  • Cultures Before History: Archaeology
  • First Seminar II
  • Independent Research
  • Research and Dissertation
  • Special Topics in Anthropology
  • Analysis of Lithic Artifacts
  • Archaeology of the Americas
  • Research & Thesis
  • First Seminar
  • Topics in Cultural Anthropology
  • Topics in Anthropology