Chair and Director of Graduate Studies, Archaeological Studies; Charles J. MacCurdy Prof Anthropology; Curator Peabody Museum
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Richard L. Burger (Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley 1978) is a Professor of Anthropology. After receiving his undergraduate degree in archaeology from Yale College and completing his doctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley, Richard Burger became a member of the Yale faculty in 1981. Specializing in the Central Andes, Burger has carried out research in Peru for over two decades. He has directed excavations at Chavin de Huantar and Huaricoto in Peru’s northern highlands and at Cardal, Mina Perdida and Manchay Bajo on Peru’s central coast. In Peru, Burger has taught on the archaeology faculties of Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and the Pontificia Universidad Catolica. Burger also served as Chair of the Senior Fellows of Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC. Burger has written numerous books and articles on South American prehistory.