Robert Powell, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor of Anthropology

Robert Powell

Office: PSA 200
Phone: 215.895.6146


  • PhD, Anthropology and Archaeology, Temple University, 2007
  • MES, Environmental Studies, Baylor University, 1993
  • BA, Radio-TV, Baylor University, 1983

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Island of Crete, Early and Middle Bronze Ages
  • The Bronze Age “world system” (Southwest Asia, the eastern Mediterranean)
  • The anthropology of frontiers
  • Archaeology of Central America and Mexico
  • Predecessors and ancestors in the paleoanthropological record
  • Early ancestors in the paleoarchaeological record
  • Comparative belief systems
  • Archaeoastronomy: the Heavens of the ancients
  • Popular culture in the 1960s and 70s


Robert Powell received his BA in Radio-TV from Baylor University. Following a career in radio and video production, he returned to Baylor and earned his MES in Environmental Studies with a focus in Archaeological Anthropology. He completed work for his PhD in Archaeological Anthropology (area of study: the Bronze Age Aegean) at Temple University in 2007.