Keynote biography: Prof. Brian Fagan

National Archaeology Student Conference

In 1966, just two years after receiving his PhD from Cambridge University, and after six years of being the Keeper of Prehistory at the Livingstone Museum in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia), Brian Fagan made the decision to completely change the direction of his career. He was already a specialist in African Iron Age archaeology, but decided to instead focus on communicating archaeology to professionals, students and the general public.

In 1967, Brian began teaching at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Faced with 300 first year archaeology students and no suitable textbooks for them to learn from, he wrote one. It took five years, but in 1972 the first edition of “In The Beginning” was published, and has been in use through 12 subsequent editions as a beginner’s archaeology textbook ever since. He went on to write seven other textbooks, all of which are still in print. The one I’m…

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