Peter S. Wells is an American anthropologist and author. He is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches courses on archaeology. He is the author of a number of books on the prehistory of Europe.
Wells attended the University of Tübingen. He received his degrees from Harvard University. Wells has led a number of important archaeological excavations in Germany. His book The Barbarians Speak: How the Conquered Peoples Shaped Roman Europe (1999), was awarded the Outstanding Title of 1999 by the Profession and Scholarly Division of the Association of American Publishers. He lives in St. Paul.
- Cultural Change at the End of the European Iron Age, 1993
- Settlement, Economy, and Cultural Change at the End of the European Iron Age: Excavations at Kelheim in Bavaria, 1997
- The Barbarians Speak: How the Conquered Peoples Shaped Roman Europe, 1999
- Beyond Celts, Germany and Scythians: Archaeology and Identity in Iron Age Europe, 2001
- The Battle that Stopped Rome: Emperor Augustus, Arminius, and the Slaughter of the Legions in the Teutoburg Forest, 2003
- Barbarians to Angels: The Dark Ages Reconsidered, 2008
- Image and Response in Early Europe, 2008
- How Ancient Europeans Saw the World: Vision, Patterns, and the Shaping of the Mind in Prehistoric Times, 2012