Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Flannery, Kent Vaughn

  • Robert J. SharerEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_308

Basic Biographical Information

Kent Vaughn Flannery was born in 1934 and grew up in the Chesapeake Bay region of Maryland. One of his high school teachers instilled in him a strong interest in zoology, ecology, and evolution. Flannery took advantage of the University of Chicago’s “early entrant” program to enroll after his sophomore year of high school, receiving his B.A. in 1954. He then began studying for an M.A. in zoology. In 1957–1958, Flannery spent a year in Mexico collecting data for his thesis. He took archaeology courses at the Universidad de las Américas and participated in excavations in the Valley of Oaxaca. On his return to Chicago, he switched to anthropology. In 1960, Robert Braidwood took him to Iran as a field assistant to his staff zoologist, Charles A. Reed along with fellow student Frank Hole. Flannery wrote a Master’s thesis (1961) in which he distinguished wild and domestic pigs from Near Eastern Neolithic sites. In 1961 Hole and Flannery returned to Iran to...

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Further Reading

  1. Feinman, G. M. 2000. A concluding perspective on the theoretical contributions of Kent V. Flannery, in G. M. Feinman & L. Manzanilla (ed.) Cultural evolution: contemporary viewpoints. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum.Google Scholar
  2. Flannery. K. V. (ed.) 1976. The early Mesoamerican village. New York: Academic Press.Google Scholar
  3. - 1982b. Maya subsistence: studies in memory of Dennis E. Puleston. New York: Academic Press.Google Scholar
  4. Flannery, K. V. & J. Marcus. 2005. Excavations at San José Mogote 1: the household archaeology (Museum of Anthropology Memoir 40) Ann Arbor: University of Michigan.Google Scholar
  5. Flannery, K. V., J. Marcus & R. G. Reynolds. 1989. The flocks of the Wamani: a study of llama herders on the punas of Ayacucho, Peru. New York: Academic Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA