Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Trigger, Bruce Graham

  • Thomas Patterson
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_1298

Basic Biographical Information

Archaeologist, historian, theorist, activist-critic, Bruce Graham Trigger was born on June 18, 1937, in Preston, Ontario, and died on December 1, 2006, in Montreal, Quebec. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Toronto (B.A. in anthropology, 1959) and took his doctorate at Yale University (Ph.D. in anthropology, 1964) studying under George Murdock and Irving Rouse. He taught briefly at Northwestern University before joining the faculty of McGill University in 1964 as an Assistant Professor. He rose quickly through the ranks, promoted to Associate Professor in 1967 and then Professor in 1969. He was appointed the James McGill Professor of Anthropology in 2001.

Trigger was the recipient of numerous honors and prizes. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (elected 1976). He is the recipient of the Canadian Silver Jubilee Medal (1977), the Cornplanter Medal (1979), the Innis-Gérin Medal, Royal Society of Canada (1985), and the...

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References

  1. Trigger, B. G. 1965. History and settlement in Lower Nubia. (Yale University Publications in Anthropology 69). New Haven: Yale University.Google Scholar
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Further Reading

  1. Pendergast, J. F. & B. G. Trigger. 1972. Cartier’s Hochelaga and the Dawson Site. Montréal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Trigger, B. G. 1985a. Natives and newcomers: Canada’s “heroic age” reconsidered. Montréal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.Google Scholar
  3. - 1985b. Generalized coercion and inequality: the basis of state power in early civilizations, in H. Claessen et al. (ed.) Development and decline: the evolution of sociopolitical organization: 46-61. South Hadley: Bergin and Garvey.Google Scholar
  4. - 1990. Maintaining economic equality in opposition to complexity: an Iroquoian case study, in S. Upham (ed.) The evolution of political systems: sociopolitics in small-scale sedentary societies: 119-143. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  5. - 2004. Cross-cultural comparison and archaeological theory, in L. Meskell & R. W. Preucel (ed.) A companion to social archaeology: 43-65. Oxford: Basil Blackwell Publishers.Google Scholar
  6. Williamson, R. F. & M. S. Bisson.(ed.) 2006. The archaeology of Bruce Trigger: theoretical empiricism. Montréal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA