David R. Braun
David R. Braun
Professor of Anthropology; CASHP Core Faculty
Dr. Braun, an archaeologist working in Southern and Eastern Africa, directs the Koobi Fora Field School. He has a particular expertise in stone tools.
Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence, 2017
Director, Koobi Fora Field School.
Hominin evolution, archaeology of East African Pleistocene, early hominin technology and behavior, lithic studies.
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
Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters
An up-to-date list of Dr. Braun's publications can be found on Google Scholar.
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 Lin, S.C., Z. Rezek, D. Braun, H.L. Dibble. "On the economy and economization of unretouched flakes: The effects of exterior platform angle and platform depth," American Antiquity 78(4): 724-745.
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. "Paleoanthropology: Australopithecine butchers," Nature 466: 828.
2009 Braun, D. R., T.P. Plummer, J.V. Ferraro, P. Ditchfield, L.C. Bishop. "Raw material quality and Oldowan hominin toolstone preferences: Evidence from Kanjera South, Kenya," Journal of Archaeological Science 36: 1605-1614.
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.
2008 Braun, D. R., M.J. Rogers, J.W.K. Harris, and S.J. Walker. "Landscape scale variation in hominin tool use: Evidence from the Developed Oldowan of the Koobi Fora Formation," Journal of Human Evolution 55: 1053-1063.
Ph.D. 2006, Rutgers University
M.A. 2002, Rutgers University
B.A. 1998, Haverford College