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Ben Fitzhugh

Ben Fitzhugh

Adjunct Curator of Archaeology, The Burke Museum, University of Washington

Department of Anthropology
University of Washington
Box 353100
Seattle, WA 98195-5240


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington
  • Adjunct Curator of Archaeology, The Burke Museum, University of Washington
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Quarternary Research Center, University of Washington


Ben Fitzhugh's interests revolve around the study of technological, economic, social and political evolution of maritime hunter-gatherers using archaeological data and methods. These interests have led him to investigate variables affecting island colonization, maritime foraging strategies, changes in subsistence economy, changes in mobility and sedentism, technological development and intensification, 'origins' of institutionalized social inequality and stratification, intensification of warfare, and the development of indigenous slavery in the North Pacific. He approaches this broad research focus from an anthropological perspective utilizing principles of human biogeography and evolutionary ecology. A strong component of this research involves the generation and/or expansion of evolutionary and ecological theory to help explain these different facets of human evolution


  • PhD, Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1996
  • BA, Anthropology, University of North Carolina, 1989
  • MA, Anthropology, University of Michigan

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