David R. Braun

David R. Braun

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Faculty: Full-Time
SEH 6830
Address: Lab: SEH 6100
Phone: 202-994-4223
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Hominin evolution, archaeology of East African Pleistocene, early hominin technology and behavior, lithic studies.

Dr. Braun, an archaeologist working in Southern and Eastern Africa, directs the Koobi Fora Field School.  He has a particular expertise in stone tools.


Ph.D. 2006, Rutgers University
M.A. 2002, Rutgers University
B.A. 1998, Haverford College


Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

An up-to-date list of Dr. Braun's publications can be found on his laboratory's publications page.

2013  Ferraro, J.V., T.W. Plummer, B. Pobiner, J.S. Oliver, L.C. Bishop, D.R. Braun, P.W. Ditchfield, J.W. Seaman, K.M. Binetti, F. Hertl, and R. Potts. "Earliest archaeological evidence of persistent hominin carnivory," Public Library of Science One 8(4). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0062174

2013  Braun, D.R. "The behavior of Plio-Pleistocene hominins: Archaeological perspectives."  In Sponheimer, M., J. Lee-Thorp, K. Reed, and P. Ungar, eds. Early Hominin Paleoecology. Boulder, CO: University of Colorado Press.

2011  Ndiema, K.E, C.D. Dillian, D.R. Braun, J.W.K. Harris, and P.W. Kiura. “Transport and subsistence patterns at the transition to pastoralism, Koobi Fora, Kenya,” Archaeometry 53(6): 1085–1098.

2010  Braun, D.R., J.W.K. Harris, L.C. Bishop, B.G. Richmond, and M. Kibunjia. “Early hominin diet included diverse terrestrial and aquatic animals 1.95 Myr ago in East Turkana, Kenya,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (U.S.A.) 107(22): 10002-10007.

2009  Brown, K.S., C.W. Marean, A.I. Herries, Z. Jacobs, C. Tribolo, D.R. Braun, M. Myers, J. Bernatchez. “Fire as an engineering tool of early modern humans in coastal South Africa,” Science 325: 859-862.


Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence, 2017

Director, Koobi Fora Field School.

Classes Taught

To see syllabi, click on the course title.

Anth 3832/6832: Paleoanthropological Field Program
Anth 3838: Theory and Practice in Archaeology
Anth 6103: Proseminar in Archaeology
Anth 6801: Paleolithic Archaeology
Anth 6806: Lithic Technology


Last updated September 20, 2017