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Ben Fitzhugh

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Research Keywords

  • Anthropology
  • Environmental History
  • Human Geography
  • Marine Ecology
  • Oceanography
  • Palaeoenvironments

Research Summary

I am an archaeologist studying the past human-environmental dynamics of maritime hunter-gatherer peoples.  My work to date centers on the Kodiak region of Alaska and the Kuril Islands of NE Asia.  A unifying theme in both cases is the adaptation of maritime foragers to subarctic island environments.  Another common thread is collaboration with geologists and other paleoenvironmental scientists to better understand the 'coupled human-natural' system dynamics that conditioned the histories of human societies in these areas.  The Kuril Biocomplexity Project (2005-2011) is especially focused on understanding the two-way influences of humans and ecological systems in a geographically constrained, volcanic and tsunami prone area over 4000 years.  My early work on Kodiak explored the evolution of complex hunter-gatherer lifeways over 7000 years.  Recent work on Kodiak involves excavation of one of the oldest sites known.


Ben Fitzhugh's resumé/CV is available here.

Primary Affiliation

University of Washington
Associate Professor/SL/Reader
Box 353100, M32 Denny Hall
Department of Anthropology
United States of America

Phone: 206-543-9604

GHEA Projects

Ben Fitzhugh is currently leading 3 GHEA projects:

Ben Fitzhugh is currently collaborating on 3 GHEA projects

GHEA Products

Ben Fitzhugh is currently not leading any GHEA products.