Stephen B. Acabado

Stephen B. Acabado

Affiliated Faculty

Assistant Professor




Stephen Acabado received his PhD and MA in Anthropology from the University of Hawai’i Mānao and his BA in Anthropology from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.  His archaeological investigations in Ifugao, northern Philippines, have established the recent origins of the Cordillera Rise Terraces, which were once known to be at least 2,000 years old.  Dr. Acabado directs the Ifugao Archaeological Project, a collaborative research program between the University of the Philippines-Archaeological Studies Program, the National Museum of the Philippines, the University of California, Los Angeles and the Save the Ifugao Terraces movement, Inc (SITMo).  Dr. Acabado’s work revolves around agricultural systems, indigenous responses to colonialism, subsistence shifts, landscape archaeology, and heritage conservation.  He is a strong advocate of an engaged archaeology where descendant communities are involved in the research process.