Matthew C. Curtis

Lecturer in Anthropology

Contact Information


Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Florida, 2005

M.A. Anthropology, University of Florida, 1995

B.A. Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1992


Dr. Curtis is a broadly trained anthropological archaeologist specializing in the Holocene archaeology of Eastern Africa.  He has conducted archaeological research in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, and the United States and has research interests focusing on early urbanism and state formation in the Horn of Africa, surface archaeology and archaeological survey methods, ethnoarchaeology, agropastoralism in Eastern Africa, household archaeology, and community archaeology and cultural heritage conservation. He is the founder and director of Eastern African Archaeology Online, a website devoted to cultural heritage advocacy, news, and information concerning archaeology in Africa.

In addition to teaching and research in anthropology, Dr. Curtis enjoys hanging out with his family and friends, wilderness hiking and backpacking, traveling, baseball, juggling, cooking, and consuming global cuisines.

Representative Courses Taught

  • ANTH 104 Introduction to Bioanthropology
  • ANTH 106 Culture and Communication
  • ANTH 310 World Prehistory
  • ANTH 345 Human Evolution and Diversity
  • ANTH 377 Archaeological Method and Theory


Africa, Urbanism, Ethnoarchaeology, State Formation, Agropastoralism, Community Archaeology, Surface Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Conservation


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