As an archaeologist I focus on the analysis of ancient human remains as a means of understanding prehistoric cultures in regions from the Andes to the Sahara.

As a lawyer I work on issues relating to national security, the law of armed conflict and accountability for mass atrocities.  I've transitioned from studying old bones to studying not so old bones.

Legal Publications-

Brian Finucane

Fictitious States, Effective Control, and the Use of Force Against Non-State Actors

Berkeley Journal of International Law (In press)

Enforced Disappearance as a Crime Under International Law: A Neglected Origin in the Laws of War

Yale Journal of International Law, Vol. 35, p. 171 (2010).

Peer Reviewed Anthropology and Archaeology Publications-

Brian C. Finucane 2009.

Maize and Sociopolitical Complexity in the Ayacucho Valley, Peru. Current Anthropology 50: 535-545.

Brian C. Finucane, Kate Manning, and Mouktarde Touré. 2008.

Prehistoric Dental Modification in West African- Early Evidence from Karkarichinkat, Nord, Mali International Journal Osteoarchaeology.

Brian C. Finucane, Kate Manning, and Mouktarde Touré. 2007.

Early Neolithic Subsistence in West Africa: Stable Isotope Evidence from Karkarichinkat Nord, Mali Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.

Brian Finucane. 2007.

Mummies, maize, and manure: multi-tissue stable isotope analysis of late prehistoric human remains from the Ayacucho Valley, Perú.
Journal of Archaeological Science.

Brian Finucane.2007.

Trophy Heads from Nawinpukio, Peru: Physical and Chemical Analysis of Huarpa-Era Modified Human Remains.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

Brian C. Finucane, Ernesto Valdez C., Ismael Pérez C., Cirilo Vivanco P., Lidio M. Valdez, Tamsin O'Connell 2007. 

 The End of Empire: New Radiocarbon Dates from the Ayacucho Valley, Peru and their Implications for the Collapse of the Wari Empire. Radiocarbon  49: 579-592.

Brian Finucane, Patricia Maita Agurto and William H. Isbell. 2006.

Human and animal diet at Conchopata, Peru: stable isotope evidence for maize agriculture and animal management practices during the Middle Horizon. Journal of Archaeological Science, 33: 1766-1776

Ayacucho Archaeo-Isotope Project - Peru 

Excavations at Karkarichinkat - Mali 

A Prehistory of Violence 



Doctoral Dissertation 

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