Job Title: 
Assistant Professor; INGS Program Council
3145 Eastman Hall
(585) 475-6763

Research Interests

Organization of food production; reconstructing land-use; adaptive strategies to environmental change; social networks, identity, and diet; social hierarchy and domestic economy

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

Anatolia/Eastern Mediterranean, South Asia, Iberia


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


B. Chase, D. Meiggs, P.A. Slater, P. Ajithprasad
2018 What is left behind: advancing interpretation of pastoral land-use in Harappan Gujarat using herbivore dung to examine biosphere strontium isotope (87Sr/86Sr) variation. Journal of Archaeological Science 92: 1-12.
D.C. Meiggs, B.S. Arbuckle, and A. Öztan
2018 The Pixelated Shepherd: Identifying detailed local land use practices at Chalcolithic Köşk Höyük, central Turkey, using a strontium isotope (87Sr/86Sr) isoscape. In Isotopic Investigations of Pastoral Production in Prehistory, A.R Ventresca-Miller & C.A Makarewicz, eds., pp. 77-96. Routledge.
M. Bida, D. Meiggs, C. Kim, C. Cummings, and T. Pagano
2017 Fluorescence Characteristics and PARAFAC Modeling of Bitumen from Ancient Ceramics. Heritage: Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies in Archaeology 5: 69-83.
T.D. Price, D.C. Meiggs, A. Pike-Tay, and M.-J. Weber
2017 The Migration of Late Paleolithic Reindeer Herds: Isotopic Evidence from Northern Europe. Journal of Anthropological and Archaeological Sciences 9(3): 371-394.
B. Chase, D. Meiggs, P. Ajithprasad, and P.A. Slater
2014 Pastoral land-use of the Indus Civilization in Gujarat: faunal analyses and biogenic isotopes at Bagasra,” Journal of Archaeological Science 50: 1-15.
D.C. Meiggs and C.R. Freiwald
2014 Bioarchaeological Approaches to Human Migration. In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, C. Smith, ed., pp. 3538-3545. Springer.
D.C. Meiggs
2013 Environmental Studies for Zeugma 2000: Overview and Context.” In Excavations at Zeugma, Vol. 3, W. Aylward, ed., pp. 393-398. Packard Humanities Institute, Los Altos, Ca.
D.C. Meiggs
2011 Herding Practices, Urban Provisioning, and Human Mobility at Tell Atchana (Alalakh): 2009 Strontium Isotope (87Sr/86Sr) Results. 26. Arkeometri Sonuçları Toplantısı, Ankara, pp. 51-68.
D.C. Meiggs
2007 Visualizing the Seasonal Round: A theoretical experiment with strontium isotope profiles in ovicaprine teeth. Anthropozoologica 42(2): 107-128.