Mary Settegast is a contemporary American scholar and author who specializes in the Neolithic Age.
The accomplished but reclusive Settegast earned graduate degrees from both the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University. She has received critical praise for her books Plato Prehistorian,Mona Lisa's Moustache, and When Zarathustra Spoke. As their titles indicate, Settegast's first and third books focus on human prehistory; her special interest is on the co-evolution of religion and agriculture. In a different vein, Mona Lisa's Moustache deals with contemporary cultural and intellectual issues.