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Archeologist Discusses How He Became a Writer

Nov. 4, 2013

Archaeologist Brian Fagan will discuss how his world shifted from being active in the field to becoming a full-time writer in "Come, Let Me Tell You a Tale: Archaeology and the Wider Audience ... or How I Became a Writer by Accident." The 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 — lecture in Portola Pavilion B — is sponsored by Anthropology and open to the campus community.

Fagan's most recently published works are "The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present and Future of Rising Sea Levels," published in June, and "Beyond the Blue Horizon: How the Earliest Mariners Unlocked the Secrets of the Oceans" in July.

He served as keeper of prehistory at the Livingstone Museum in Zambia and as director of the Bantu Studies project in Nairobi, before teaching anthropology at UC Santa Barbara for 36 years.

"Dr. Fagan specializes in communicating archaeology and the past to general audiences through lecturing, writing and other media," said Edward J. Knell, assistant professor of anthropology and faculty curator of archaeology at the John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center in Santa Ana. "He is regarded as one of the world's leading archaeological and historical writers and is a much-in-demand popular lecturer about the past all over the world.

In addition to the campus talk, Fagan will be discussing "The Attacking Ocean: Sea Levels Past and Future" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Old Orange County Courthouse, 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd., 92701, as part of the Cooper Center Lecture Series. The talk is free and open to the public.

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