Lars Fogelin studies the archaeology of Buddhism in South Asia. From 1999 through 2006 he directed the Northeast Andhra Monastic Survey, investigating archaeological remains in the landscape surrounding a 2000-year-old Buddhist monastery on the east coast of India. This research investigated the architectural layout of one Buddhist monastery (Thotlakonda) in relation to the broader patterns of archaeological remains in the landscape surrounding the monastery. Current research focuses on the origin of Mahayana Buddhism and the development of Buddha images in the first millennium CE. Fogelin also engages in broader research on the archaeology of religion and the application of the philosophy of science to archaeology.
BA Anthropology, Ithaca College (1992); MA Anthropology, University of Hawaii (1995); PhD Anthropology, University of Michigan (2003)
Archaeology, South Asia, Buddhism, Religion, Architecture, Archaeological Theory, Philosophy of Science
Books and Edited Works
2008 (Editor) Religion, Archaeology, and the Material World. Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.
2006 Archaeology of Early Buddhism. Altamira Press, Lanham, MD.
1998 (Co-editor) Imperial Imaginings: The Dean C. Worcester Collection Photographic Collection of the Philippines, 1890-1913 (CD-Rom), edited and compiled by Carla M. Sinopoli and Lars Fogelin. University of Michigan, Museum of Anthropology, Ann Arbor, MI.
Articles and Book Chapters
2013 The Place of Veneration in Buddhist Mortuary Sites. In Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial, edited by S. Tarlow and L. Nilsson-Stutz. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
2012 Material Practice and the Metamorphosis of a Sign: Early Buddhist Stupas and the Origin of Mahayana Buddhism. Asian Perspectives 51(2).
2011 Ignoring the Problem: Spatial Strategies for Ameliorating Social Contradictions in Early South Asian Buddhism. Journal of Social Archaeology 11(2):194-211.
2008 Methods for the Archaeological Investigation of Religion and Ritual. In Religion, Archaeology, and the Material World, edited by L. Fogelin. Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.
2008 Delegitimizing Religion: The Archaeology of Religion as...Archaeology. In Belief in the Past: Theoretical Approaches to the Archaeology of Religion, edited by D. Whitley and K. Hays-Gilpin. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, CA.
2007 Inference to the Best Explanation: A Common and Effective Form of Archaeological Reasoning. American Antiquity 72(4).
2007 The Archaeology of Religious Ritual. Annual Reviews in Anthropology 36:55-71.
2007 History, Ethnography, and Essentialism: The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual in South Asia. In The Archaeology of Ritual, edited by E. Kyriakidis, pp. 23-42. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Los Angeles, CA.
2006 Brickmaking in Malpannagudi: Ethnoarchaeological Research and Archaeological Implications. In Vijayanagara: Archaeological Exploration, 1990-2000, edited by J. M. Fritz, R. Brubaker and T. Raczek, pp. 577-586. Manohar Press, New Delhi.
2005 Recent Research at the Buddhist Monastery of Thotlakonda. In South Asian Archaeology, 2001, edited by C. Jarrige and V. Lefévre, pp. 483-490. vol. 2. 2 vols. Editions Recherche sur les Civilisations-ADPF, Paris.
2004 Sacred Architecture, Sacred Landscape: Early Buddhism in Coastal Andhra Pradesh. In Archaeology as History: South Asia, edited by H. P. Ray and C. M. Sinopoli, pp. 376-391. ICHR, New Delhi.
2004 Beyond the Monastery Walls: Buddhism in Early Historic Period Society in Northeast Andhra Pradesh. In Kevala-Bodhi: Buddhist and Jaina History of the Deccan, edited by A. Parsher-Sen, pp. 101-113. Bharatiya Kala Prakashan, New Delhi.
2003 Ritual and Presentation in Early Buddhist Religious Architecture. Asian Perspectives 42(1):129-154.
1998 Dean C. Worcester, Race, and the Philippines. In Imperial Imaginings: The Dean C. Worcester Collection Photographic Collection of the Philippines, 1890-1913 (CD-Rom), edited by C. M. Sinopoli and L. Fogelin. Univ. of Michigan, Museum of Anthropology, Ann Arbor, MI.
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