Paul E. Langenwalter

  • Assistant Professor of Archeology and Anthropology
  • Program Director, Archaeology
  • M.A., University of California, Riverside
  • B.A., California State University, Long Beach

Professor Langenwalter is an archaeologist who focuses on the cultural ecology of the peoples of California and the American West. His studies include research in human adaptations, ethnicity, animal use and culture change. He brings 23 years of teaching experience to Biola, coupled with experience in museology, vertebrate paleontology and cultural resource management. A long-term goal of Professor Langenwalter is the development of an increased participation of Christians in anthropology. It is his desire to equip students with the tools and an anthropological perspective to increase their effectiveness in the field, their communities and cross-cultural settings. He has participated in the modern development of the anthropology program at Biola, and supervises the excavation of the mammoth at the dig site adjacent to Hope Hall. As an active research scientist, he acts as a Principle Investigator and Collaborator for archaeological and paleontological research projects.


  • Pacific Coast Archaeological Society

  • Phi Kappa Phi

  • Society of Ethnobiology

  • American Society of Mammalogists (life member)

  • American Anthropological Association

  • Society for Historical Archaeology

  • Society for Archaeological Sciences

  • Society for American Archaeology


Recent Abstracts

  • 2005, “A Badger Burial from the Hellman Ranch in Seal Beach, Orange County, California.” Program, 39th Annual Meeting, Society of California Archaeology, p. 56.

  • 2004, “Revisiting Animal Ceremonialism in Central California in the Light of Archaeology.” Abstracts, 103rd Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association, pp. 296-297.

Recent Articles

  • 2010, “Holding Missionaries Accountable: A Proposed Code of Ethics for Missionaries Based Upon the Code of Ethics of the American Anthropological Association.” Evangelical Missiological Society 18: Ch. 16. (with D. Hayward)

  • 2007, “A Late Prehistoric Badger Burial from CA-ORA-264 on the Hellman Ranch in Seal Beach, ORange County, California.” EDAW Cultural Publications No. 3: A6-1 to A6-11.

  • 2005, “A Late Prehistoric Dog Burial Associated with Human Graves in Orange County, California.” Journal of Ethnobiology 25(1):25-37.

  • 2001, “A Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) Femur with Imbedded Projectile from a Late Prehistoric Camp Site in Long Beach, California.” Pacific Coast Archaeological Society, Quarterly 37(1):51-59. (with M.A. Boxt, L.M. Boxt, M.D. and T.T. Miller, M.D.)

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