Henry Wright

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Curator of Near Eastern Archaeology
Albert Clanton Spaulding Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology

4044 Museums Bldg, 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1079

Office Location(s): 4044 Museums
Phone: 734.763.9221

  • About

    Research interests:  Pleistocene foragers, prestate polities, the emergence of states and urban societies, modeling complex cultural trajectories

    Henry Wright is affiliated with the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology; Department of Anthropology; Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies; Center for South East Asian Studies; the Santa Fe Institute; U.S. National Academy of Sciences; Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; and Musée d’Art at d’Archéologie de L’Université d’Antananarivo.

    Selected Articles:

    Cultural Action in the Uruk World. In Uruk Mesopotamia and Its Neighbors: Cross Cultural Interactions in the Era of State Formation, ed. by Mitchell Rothman, pp. 123–48. Santa Fe: School of American Research (2001)

    The Culture History of Madagascar (with R. Dewar). Journal of World Prehistory 7:417–66 (1993)

    Trade and Politics on the Eastern Littoral of Africa: A.D. 800–1300. In The Archaeology of Africa: Food, Metals, and Towns, ed. by Thurston Shaw, Paul Sinclair, Bassy Andah, and Alex Okpoko, pp. 658–72. London: Routledge  (1993)

    Recent Research on the Origin of the State. Annual Review of Anthropology 6:379–97 (1977)

  • Education
    • Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1967
    • M.A., University of Chicago, 1965
    • B.A., University of Michigan, 1964
  • Awards
    • MacArthur Fellow
    • Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences
    • Foreign Associate, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
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