Richard L. Burger

Richard Lewis Burger (born 1950), PhD (UC Berkeley 1978), is an American archaeologist and anthropologist.[1] He is currently Professor of Anthropology at Yale University. He has carried excavations since 1975 publishing several books and many articles on Chavin culture, an extinct, prehistoric civilization that developed in the northern Andean highlands of Peru from 900 BC to 200 BC.[2] His former doctoral student Sabine Hyland has become well-known as an Andean anthropologist.[3]

Richard L. Burger
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materYale College
Known forStudying Chavin culture in Peru
Scientific career
FieldsAnthropology, archaeology
InstitutionsYale University


  1. Kitchel, Zoe. "Alumnus Profile: Professor Richard Burger '72". Yale Scientific. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  2. Roach, John. "Mercury Pollution's Oldest Traces Found in Peru". National Geographic News. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  3. "Hyland, Sabine P. 1964- |". Retrieved 2019-02-28.

Selected works

  • Chavin and the Origins of Andean Civilization, New York: Thames and Hudson, 1992, p. 240, ISBN 978-0500050699
  • The Life and Writings of Julio C. Tello. America's First Indigenous Archaeologist, Iowa: University of Iowa Press, 2010, p. 382, ISBN 978-1587297830

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