Job Title: 
Assistant Professor of Archaeology
3145 Eastman Hall
(585) 475-6763


Ph.D. Anthropology (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009)
M.S. Anthropology (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000)
B.A. Anthropology/Chemistry (University of Colorado-Boulder, 1993)

Research Interests

Theoretical: organization of food production, land tenure, and pastoral management; adaptive strategies to environmental change; social networks, identity, and diet; social hierarchy and domestic economy

Methods: Archaeological chemistry – particularly isotopic & trace elemental analysis of skeletal materials; Quantitative methods; Zooarchaeology; Bioarchaeology; Ethnoarchaeology; Paleoecology; Geomorphology; GIS/Remote sensing

Regional: Anatolia/Eastern Mediterranean, South Asia


2014 (with B. Chase, P. Ajithprasad, and P. Slater) Pastoral land-use of the Indus Civilization in Gujarat: faunal analyses and biogenic isotopes at Bagasra, Journal of Archaeological Science 50: 1-15.

2014 (with Carolyn Freiwald) Bioarchaeological Approaches to Human Migration, Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, Springer.

2013 "Environmental Studies for Zeugma 2000: Overview and Context." In W. Aylward, ed., Excavations at Zeugma, vol. 3, Packard Humanities Institute, Los Altos, Ca., 393-398.

2011 Herding Practices, Urban Provisioning, and Human Mobility at Tell Atchana (Alalakh): 2009 Strontium Isotope (87Sr/86Sr) Results,26. Arkeometri Sonuclari Toplantisi, Ankara: 51-68.

2007 Visualizing the Seasonal Round: A theoretical experiment with strontium isotope profiles in ovicaprine teeth, Anthropozoologica, 42(2): 107-128.

David Meiggs