• 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, the American West and Oceania. His studies include research in human adaptations, ethnicity, animal use and culture change. He brings 27 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 an anthropological perspective and the tools to increase their effectiveness in their profession, their communities and in 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, advises various state and local commissions, and peer review.

Credentials Include:

  • Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA)
  • Certifications in Field Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Archaeometric and Natural Science Research
  • California Community College Instructor Credential


  • Society of Professional Archaeologists
  • 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
  • Society for Hawaiian Archaeology


Recent Abstracts

  • 2014, "Assessing the Evidence for the Ritual Burial of Badgers (Taxidea Taxus) in Central California." Society for American Archaeology, Abstracts of the SAA 79th Annual Meeting, I through L, p.79.
  • 2013, "The Zooarchaeology of Vertebrate Animal Use, Extinction and Extirpation Halawa Cave, North Halawa Valley, O'ahu, Hawai'i." Society for Hawaiian Archaelogy 26th Anual Conference, Program and Abstracts, p.13. (with Helen James)
  • 2013, "The Archaeology of Halawa Cave, North Halawa Valley, O'ahu, Hawai'i." Society for Hawaiian Archaeology 26th Annual Conference, Program and Abstracts, p. 10. (with Liana Meeker).
  • 2012, "Early-Middle Holocene Central Village Cemeteries along the Southern California Coast in Orange County, California." 77th Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology, Abstracts, pp 208-209.
  • 2011, "Dog Burial and Related Ceremonial Activity among the Miwok and Yokuts of the Sierra Nevada in California." 76th Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology, Abstracts, p. 71.

Recent Articles

  • 2015, Extinct and Extirpated Birds, and Other Vertebrates, in the Faunal Assemblage of Hālawa Cave, a Rockshelter in North Hālawa Valley, O`Ahu, Hawai`i. Hawaiian Archaeology 14. (with H. James).
  • 2015, Excavation of the Hālawa Cave Rockshelter, North Hālawa Valley, Oʻahu Hawaiʻi. Hawaiian Archaeology 14. (with L.K. Meeker).
  • 2014, "A Prehistoric Dog Burial from the Intermediate Period at CA-ORA-1055, Laguna Canyon, Orange County, California." Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 34(1):109-122. (with K. Buffington).
  • 2013, "Report of Research at Halawa Cave, O'ahu." Society for Hawaiian Archaeology Newsletter 5 (2)(September 2013: pp11-12. (with Liana Meeker)
  • 2011, "Identification of The Buena Vista Lake Site 1 Dog "Burial" (Canis familiaris) as a Badger (Taxidea Taxus)." Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 31 (1):59-61.
  • 2010, "A Proposed Code of Ethics for Missionaries Based Upon the Code of Ethics of the American Anthropological Associates. "In Serving Jesus with Integrity, D P. Baker and D Hayward (eds). William Carey Library, Evangelical Missiological Series EMS 18. (with D. Hayward)

Research Interests

  • Archaeology and paleontology
  • Human adaptations
  • Ethnicity
  • Animal use
  • Culture change

Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Culture Change
  • Ethnicity
  • Human Adaptations
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