Ellery Frahm

Director, Yale Initiative for the
Study of Ancient Pyrotechnology

About Me

I am an anthropological archaeologist with a scientific bent. I've conducted and published archaeological research in Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America, spanning almost half a million years of human history. A unifying theme of my work is elucidating how different cultures made use of their environment and how their behaviors shaped opportunities for the spread of technological and social changes.


Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Minnesota — 2010
M.S., Archaeology, University of Minnesota — 2002
B.A., Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa — 1999


  • Director, Yale Initiative for the Study of Ancient Pyrotechnology, Yale University – 2017-Present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department, University of Minnesota – 2016
  • Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University - 2015-2016
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Anthropology & Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota - 2014-2016
  • Marie Curie Experienced Research Fellow, Archaeology, University of Sheffield - 2012-2014

Please see my CV for additional academic positions.



Introduction to Archaeology
Analysis of Stone Tool Technology
Electron Microprobe Theory & Practice
Anthropology of the Modern Middle East
Introduction to Archaeological Sciences


UConn Field School in Armenian Prehistory, Armenia
Outside the Lab: pXRF in the Field, Cyprus
Geochemical and Magnetic Characterization of Obsidian, Keck Consortium, New Mexico

Please see my CV for additional teaching experience.


Postal address:
Department of Anthropology
Yale University
P.O. Box 208277
New Haven, CT 06520-8277

Courier (FedEx, UPS, etc.):
Department of Anthropology
Yale University
10 Sachem Street
New Haven, CT 06511-3707

Office: 51 Hillhouse Avenue, Room 303
Email: ellery.frahm@yale.edu
Phone: 203-432-6610