About Dr. Alan Garfinkel

Dr. Alan Garfinkel is a California and Great Basin anthropologist/archaeologist. Principally known for his work with the indigenous people of the Far West and for his studies of Native American rock art in California and the Great Basin. Recognized for his pioneering studies in the regional prehistory of eastern CA, the Far Southern Sierra Nevada, and Southwestern Great Basin. He holds active research interests in forager ecology, Native American consultation in cultural resource management contexts, rock art studies, and peopling of the Americas. He is a recognized authority on the Coso Range Rock Art traditions and Coso Region prehistory in general.

He received his Bachelor’s at CSU, Northridge, and his MA and Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. Employment career includes the Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Applied Earthworks, CA Dept. of Parks & Recreation, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, California Department of Transportation, Bakersfield Community College, and AECOM.

Dr. Garfinkel is currently He is currently a freelance consultant for AGG Associates.

He has authored five books including Prehistory of Kern County, Archaeology and Rock Art, and the Handbook of the Kawaiisu and has formally published 47 scientific articles in various academic journals. He is the recipient of both the 2008 and 2011 California State Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation.


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