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Dr. John R.F. Bower

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Research Associate In the Evoluti...

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
    Iowa State University
  • Research Fellow
    British Institute of History and Archaeology


  • bachelor's degree , geology
    Harvard College
  • master of arts Degree , anthropology
  • bachelor's degree Degree , geology
    Harvard College
  • master of arts , anthropology
  • doctoral degree , anthropology
    Northwestern University
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John Bower and Audax Mabulla ..., 11 July 2014 [cached]
John Bower and Audax Mabulla share a relaxed moment at the Loiyangalani archaeological site.
What: "Crown Jewels: Five Great National Parks Around the World and the Challenges They Face," featuring research by Davis resident John R.F. Bower and photographs by Davis photographers Robert W. Floerke, Susan Hoffman and Jan Bower
This profile was written by John R.F. Bower, professor emeritus in anthropology at Iowa State University and research associate in the evolutionary wing of the anthropology department at UC Davis.
John Bower's research in the Serengeti began in 1971 when he was a research fellow at the British Institute of History and Archaeology (now the British Institute in East Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya. The Serengeti Game Lodge was being built, and he was asked to recover the archaeological material at the site before it was destroyed.
This experience led him to survey other parts of the Serengeti Park and to conduct several seasons of excavation centered on the kopjes in the park, where human habitation was thought to exist. In 1985, he discovered the Loiyangalani site, a Middle Stone Age site dated to about 65,000 years ago, where his research still continues.
The Serengeti Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area was selected as one of the five featured parks because of the destruction by wildlife, Masan pastoralists and tourism to the archaeological material in excavated and potential sites that document human prehistory in the park.
The other national parks featured in the Presidio exhibit, and in a book published by the American Alliance of Museums, are the Chang Tang Nature Reserve in China; National Archaeological Parks of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae, Boscoreale and Oplontis in Italy; the Alto Orinoco-Casiquiare Biosphere Reserve in Venezuela and Yanomami Territory in Brazil; and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Australia.
Bower also conducted a published 10-year comparative study of prehistoric foragers in Europe and North America with Michal Kobusiewicz of the Polish Academy of Sciences' Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology.
Extensive field work in the Rift Valley and Salasun and Lukenya Hill in Kenya, Koster site in the Lower Illinois Valley, Pinar del Rio Province in Cuba, Nabta Playa in Egypt and Sudan, and underwater archaeology at Caesarea Maritima on the coast of Israel round out Bower's 40-year archaeological career.
Brian Leiter's Law School Reports: April 9, 2006 - April 15, 2006, 9 April 2006 [cached]
The new candidates are Jack Boger, a UNC faculty member and alumnus; Maureen O'Rourke, Interim Dean at Boston University; Rex Perschbacher, Dean at UC Davis; and Kenneth Randall, Dean at Alabama.
VOA News - Researchers Identify What May Be Oldest Known Jewelry, 22 June 2006 [cached]
When we adorn our bodies with rings, necklaces, coloring or some other decoration, we behave in a way that University of California archeologist John Bower says is uniquely human.
"Self adornment is a very important and perhaps the only really convincing archeological evidence that we have of self recognition, and self recognition is fundamental to the emergence of the kinds of behavior that we call human culture," he said.
But John Bower of the University of California is more accepting of the evidence, although he acknowledges its shortcomings.
"It is a reasonable argument for the so-called beads to not be occurring naturally in the places where they are found.These are not creatures that can travel 200 kilometers across desert conditions to an archeological site," he said."They must have been transported there some how, most likely by human beings, although it is not impossible to rule out transport by, for example, birds."
But Bower says a larger question remains.
Mellen Author: Bower, John, 27 July 2002 [cached]
Mellen Books by: John Bower
About John Bower
About the authors: Dr. Bower received his bachelor's degree in geology from Harvard College and master of arts and doctoral degrees in anthropology (with a specialty in archaeology) from Northwestern University.He has taught at Lake Forest College, Iowa State University, and the University of Minnesota - Duluth.He has concentrated his scholarly investigations on various aspects of human interaction with the environment in prehistoric times.
The Leakey Foundation - Funded Research [cached]
Dr. John Bower, University of Minnesota- DuluthNationality: USAGranting session: Spring 1999Research site: Tanzania
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