Douglas J. Kennett

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Douglas J. Kennett

Douglas J. Kennett

Department Head and Professor of Anthropology



  1. PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1998
  2. MA, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994
  3. BA, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1990


Dr. Kennett is a Professor of Environmental Archaeology and Human Behavioral Ecology. His current interests include the study of human sociopolitical dynamics under changing environmental conditions, human impacts on ancient environments, and behavioral response to abrupt climate change in the past. He has held faculty positions at California State University Long Beach (1998-2001) and the University of Oregon (2001-2011). He is the author of The Island Chumash (University of California Press, 2005) and co-editor, with Bruce Winterhalder, of the book Behavioral Ecology and the Transition to Agriculture (University of California Press, 2006). He is also the co-editor, with Atholl Anderson, of Taking the High Ground: the Archaeology of Rapa, a fortified island in remote East Polynesia (Australia National University Press, 2012).


  • ANTH 432 Environmental Archaeology
  • ANTH 545 Isotope Ecology
  • ANTH 559 Human Ecology


Select Recent Publications:

Kennett, D. J., P. Lambert, J. Johnson & B. Culleton, 2013. Sociopolitical Effects of Bow and Arrow Technology in Prehistoric Coastal California. Evolutionary Anthropology 22 (3):124-132.

Kennett, D. J., Hajdas, I., Culleton, B.J., Belmecheri, S., Martin, S., Neff, H., Awe, J., Graham, H.V., Freeman, K. H., Newsom, L., Lentz, PD.L., Anselmetti, F. S., Robinson, M., Marwan, N., Southon, J., Hodell, D. A. & H.E., Haug, G. H. 2013. Correlating the Ancient Maya and Modern European Calendars with High-Precision AMS 14C Dating. Nature Scientific Reports 3:1597-1601.

Kennett, D. J., Breitenbach, S.F.M., Aquino, V.V., Asmersom, Y., Awe, J., Baldini, J.U.L., Bartlein, P., Culleton, B.J., Ebert, C., Jazwa, C., Macri, M.J., Marwan, N., Polyak, V., Prufer, K. M., Ridley, H.E., Sodemann, H., Winterhalder, B. & Haug, G. H. 2012 Development and Disintegration of Maya Political Systems in Response to Climate Change. Science 338: 788-791.

Kennett, D.J., B.J. Culleton, B. Voorhies, and J.R. Southon, 2011. Bayesian Analysis of High Precision AMS 14C Dates from a Prehistoric Mexican Shellmound. Radiocarbon 53 (2):101-116.

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