Benjamin S. Arbuckle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of AnthropologyEducation
Ph.D., Anthropology, Harvard University, 2006
M.A., Anthropology, Harvard University, 2003
B.A., Anthropology, College of William and Mary, 1999
Major Area of Research
Near Eastern Archaeology, Turkey, origins and evolution of animal economies, animals in complex societies
- ANT 1305 Intro to Anthropology
- ARC 2307 Intro to Archaeology
- ARC 3401 Interpret Archaeological Data
- ARC 4341 Archaeology/East Mediterranean
- ARC 4342 Archaeology of Ancient Turkey
- ARC 4353 Archaeology of North America
I am a broadly trained anthropological archaeologist whose research focuses on the ancient Near East. My fieldwork is concentrated in Anatolia, modern Turkey, where I am currently engaged in an international and collaborative project focused on understanding and contextualizing the origins and evolution of animal economies throughout the Holocene. This project, the Central Anatolian Pastoralism Project (CAPP), includes fieldwork at multiple sites in central Turkey including Kosk Hoyuk, Cadir Hoyuk, and Acemhoyuk and involves collaboration with archaeologists, zooarchaeologists, paleogeneticists, and isotope scientists from around the world. In addition to continuing work on the origins of animal domestication in the Neolithic period (9000-6000 BC), I am currently working on specific projects focused on understanding two important innovations relevant to the rise of complex societies in the Near East, including 1) the domestication of the horse and its appearance in Anatolia, and 2) the origins and impact of the exploitation of animal fiber, especially sheep wool.
Arbuckle, B.S. and C.M. Erek (2010) Late Epipaleolithic hunters of the central Taurus: faunal remains from Direkli cave, Kahramanmaras, Turkey. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. DOI: 10.1002/oa.1230
Arbuckle, B.S. and C. Makarewicz (2009) The emergence of cattle (Bos taurus) management in Neolithic central Anatolia. Antiquity 83: 669-686.
Arbuckle, B. S., A. ™ztan, and S. Gülçur (2009) The evolution of sheep and goat husbandry in central Anatolia. Anthropozoologica 44(1):129-157.
Arbuckle, B. S. (2009) Chalcolithic caprines, Dark Age dairy, and Byzantine beef: A first look at animal exploitation at Middle and Late Holocene Çadır H"yük, north central Turkey. Anatolica 35:179-224.
Arbuckle, B. S. (2008) "Revisiting Neolithic Caprine Exploitation at Suberde, Turkey". Journal of Field Archaeology 32(2): 219-236.
Arbuckle, B. S. (2005) Experimental animal domestication and its application to the study of animal domestication in prehistory. In J. D. Vigne, J. Peters, and D. Helmer (eds), The first steps of animal domestication: New archaeozoological techniques. Pgs 18-33. Oxbow Books: Oxford.