Fagan, Brian M. (1936–)
Phillip R. Hodge
Brian Fagan (b. 1936) is arguably one of the world's most influential archaeologists, in that he has reached thousands of archaeology students through his college-level archaeology textbooks and millions of nonarchaeologists through dozens of popular archaeology books and articles. The son of a publisher, Brian Murray Fagan was born in Birmingham, England. After 2 years in the Royal Navy (1954–1956), he was admitted to Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he studied Stone Age archaeology and earned a bachelor of arts with honors in 1959, a master of arts in 1962, and the PhD in 1963. Fagan's professional career began in Africa as Keeper of Prehistory at Zambia's, then Rhodesia's, Livingstone Museum. While there, Fagan excavated the Acheulian components at Kalambo Falls and reorganized the museum's archaeological collections; the former was the basis of his 1963 PhD ...