Brian Murray Fagan

    A British born yachtsman, Brian Fagan attended Rugby School and Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he pursued an education with an emphasis in Iron Age Archaeology and Anthropology. Upon the completion of his studies at Cambridge, Fagan relocated to East and Central Africa; it is here that he began his career. In addition to his analysis of the Iron Age of Africa, he attained the positions of Keeper of Prehistory at Livingstone Museum in Zambia and Director of the Bantu Studies Project at the British Institute of Nairobi.

    In 1966, Brian Fagan accepted a faculty position at the University of Illinois. The following year, he accepted a different position as the Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he resides at the present time.

    Fagan's specialization in archaeology is emphasized through his writing and lecturing about his findings. He is currently the author of 16 books including: The Rapes of the Nile (1975), Elusive Treasure (1977), Quest for the Past (1977), Return to Babylon (1979), The Aztecs (1984), Clash of Cultures (1984), The Adventure of Archaeology (1985), and Time Detectives. He is an active participant on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Cambridge Archaeological Journal, a product of the Cambridge University Press. Fagan further exercises his right to publicize through a regular column in Archaeology Magazine. His works have often been reviewed in National Geographic, Gentleman's Quarterly, Scientific American, and History Today.

    Brian Fagan has been honored twice by his fellow archaeologists. In 1996, at the Society of Professional Archaeologists’ meeting in New Orleans, he received a Distinguished Service Award. Again in 1996, he was awarded with the Presidential Recognition Award by the Society for American Archaeology.


Fagan, Brian M. The Great Journey. New York: Thames and Hudson.

Written by: Students in an Introduction to Anthropology Class, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota 2000