• Brian Boyd

    Director of Museum Anthropology
    Department of Anthropology
    956 Schermerhorn Extension, Mail Code: 5523, United States
    +1 212 854 4564



    Brian Boyd (M.A. Glasgow 1991: Ph.D. Cambridge 1996). He was previously Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Wales Lampeter (1997-2006). Brian's research interests focus on the archaeology of the prehistoric Levant, social technologies, human-animal relations, the history and philosophy of science, queer theory, and cultural politics in Palestine/Israel. He has been carrying out research and fieldwork in Israel and the Palestinian Territories for a number of years and is currently co-director with Dr. Hamed Salem (Birzeit University) of a project entitled "Resistance Archaeology: The Wadi Natuf Landscape Project". He is also co-director of a digital mapping of Palestine project with Nora Akawi of the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (Amman Lab, Jordan).



    2001 The Natufian burials from el-Wad: beyond issues of social differentiation. Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society. 31: 185-200.

    2002a. Ways of eating/ways of being in the Later Epipalaeolithic (Natufian) Levant . In Hamilakis, Y., M. Pluciennik and S. Tarlow (eds.) Thinking through the body: archaeologies of corporeality. New York : Kluwer/Plenum, pp. 137-152.

    2002b. The Myth Makers: archaeology in Doctor Who. In Russell, M. (ed.): Digging holes in popular culture: archaeology and science fiction. Oxford : Oxbow, pp. 30-37.

    2004. Agency and landscape: abandoning the nature/culture dichotomy in interpretations of the Natufian. In Delage, C. (ed.) The last hunter-gatherer societies in the Near East . Oxford : BAR. I.S. 1320, pp. 119-136.

    2005. Transforming food practices in the Later Epipaleolithic and Pre-Pottery Neolithic Levant. In Archaeological Prespectives on the Transmission and Transformation of Culture in the Eastern Mediterranean (ed. J. Clarke). Oxford : Oxbow Books, pp. 106-112.

    2006. On "sedentism" in the Later Epipaleolithic (Natufian) Levant . World Archaeology. 38/2: 164-178.

    2012. The later Epipalaeolithic (Natufian) Levant: a brief history and review. In Garcea, E.A.A. (ed.) South-Eastern Mediterranean Peoples between 130,000 & 10,000 Years Ago. Oxford: Oxbow.

    2013. The Hayonim Terrace bone artefact assemblage. In Valla, F.R. Les fouilles de la terrasse d'Hayonim (Israel) 1980-1981, 1985-1989. CNRS.

    Forthcoming. Beyond Bones: an archaeology of human-animal relations. Cambridge University Press.


    Brian teaches:

    The Social Production of Technologies.

    Holy Lands, Unholy Histories: archaeology before the bible.

    Humans & Other Animals: critical perspectives on human-animal relations.

    Pasts, Presents, Futures: an introduction to 21st century archaeology.

    Noise/Sound Archaeology: excursions into past aural worlds.

    Museum Anthropology.