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Brian Byrd

Brian Byrd

Research Associate

Professor J. Eerkens


I am a prehistorian interested in hunter-gatherer adaptations, the origins of social complexity, and early settled village life from a cross-cultural perspective. I have focused my research on two venues: the Near East (and the southern Levant in particular) where I have explored in the transition to sedentism and early Neolithic village life during the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene; and Western North American where I have been particularly interested in the emergence of Late Holocene complex hunter-gatherers in California, notably along the southern coast and in the San Francisco Bay area. Within these contexts, I have delved into a variety of more specific topics including household organization, vernacular architecture and the built environment, microlithic assemblage variability, the application of isotope and DNA analysis to prehistoric contexts, and use of GIS modeling to explore territoriality and regional interaction.

Recent Publication Examples


Garrard, Andrew N., and Brian F. Byrd.

          2013      Beyond the Fertile Crescent: Late Palaeolithic and Neolithic Communities of the Jordanian Steppe. The Azraq Basin Project Volume 1: Project Background and the Late Palaeolithic (Geological Context and Technology). Council for British Research in the Levant Supplemental Series Vol 13. Oxbox Books, Oxford.

Byrd, B. F., A. Cornellas, J. W. Eerkens, J. Rosenthal, T. R. Carpenter, A. Leventhal, and J. A. Leonard

         2013       The Role Of Canids In Ritual And Domestic Contexts: New Ancient DNA Insights From Complex Hunter-Gatherer Sites In Prehistoric Central California. Journal of Archaeological Science 40:2176-2189.

Whitaker, Adrian, and Brian F. Byrd

         2012       Boat-Based Foraging and Discontinuous Prehistoric Red Abalone Exploitation along the California Coast. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 31:196-214.

Byrd, Brian F.

         2010       Public and Private, Domestic and Corporate: the Emergence of the Southwest Asian Village. The Archaeology of Tribal Social Formations: Selections from American Antiquity and Latin American Antiquity, 1982-2006 compiled by Michelle Hegmon, pp. 109-136. Society for American Archaeology, Washington D.C..

 Byrd, B. F.

            2005    Early Village Life at Beidha, Jordan: Neolithic Spatial Organization and Vernacular Architecture. British Academy Monographs in Archaeology 12. Published for the Council for British Research in the Levant by Oxford University Press

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