Bruce Trigger (1937-2006)

Victor Buchli, Dept of Anthropology, UCL
It is with great sadness to have to report that Bruce Trigger died at the beginning of this month.
Bruce Graham Trigger (born June 18, 1937 died December 1, 2006) was a Canadian archaeologist. Born in Preston, Ontario, he received a doctorate in archaeology from Yale University in 1964. His research interests include the history of archaeological research and the comparative study of early cultures. He taught at Northwestern University for a year in 1964 and since then has been in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University in Montréal. For his in-depth study of the ethnohistory of the Hurons, he has been adopted as an honorary member of the Huron-Wendat Nation. His book A History of Archaeological Thought is a must for anyone who wishes to understand the development of archaeology as a discipline. In 2003 a session at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) conference was dedicated to the research of Bruce Trigger.
In 2001, he was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec. In 2005, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he won their Innis-Gérin Medal in 1985. In 1991, he won the Quebec government’s Prix Léon-Gérin.


* A History of Archaeological Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.
* Early Civilizations: Ancient Egypt in Context. New York:
Columbia, 1993.
* The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas
[vol. I]. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
* Sociocultural Evolution: Calculation and Contingency. Oxford:
Blackwell, 1998.
* Artifacts and Ideas: Essays in Archaeology. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2003.
* Understanding Early Civilizations: A Comparative Study. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
* Ronald F. Williamson and Michael S. Bisson (eds) 2006. The Archaeology of Bruce Trigger: Theoretical Empiricism.
McGill-Queens’s University Press, Montréal.

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