Briggs Buchanan PhD

Associate Professor of Anthropology Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences


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.

Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Paleoindian archaeology; Lithics; Morphometrics; Cladistics; Demography; Human-climate interactions; Evolutionary approaches; Experimental archaeology

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

ANTH 2053 Cultures Before History: Archaeology
ANTH 4053 Archaeological Analysis
ANTH 7103 Seminar in Archeological Theory: Archaeology As Anthropology
ANTH 7983 Thesis
ANTH 7993 Independent Research
ANTH 9981 Research and Dissertation
FS 1973 First Seminar