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David Meiggs

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-6763
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David Meiggs

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, University of Colorado at Boulder; MA, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison

585-475-6763

Currently Teaching

ANTH-103
3 Credits
Archaeology is the study of the human past, from the origin of our species through to the development of modern, industrial states by means of the physical remains of past human behavior. In studying the past, archaeology seeks to explain how we, modern humans, came to be. This course investigates how archaeologists study the past, explains how human society has changed over time, and presents an overview of world prehistory. Specific topics include the evolution of modern humans, the peopling of the world, the development of agriculture, the rise of state-level societies, and associated social and material technologies such as writing and urbanism. Case studies will be used throughout to demonstrate how archaeological research is conducted and how archaeologists use their research to formulate explanations of the past that have relevance for the present.
ANTH-360
3 Credits
Humans and their societies have always been shaped by their environment, but as human societies became more complex, their relationship with their environment changed from one of simple adaptation to one in which they had the power to change their environment. Often, the changes they have wrought have had unintended consequences, forcing societies to adapt to the changes that they themselves have brought about. Although we tend to think that this is a relatively recent phenomenon, humans have been altering their environment since the first human societies made the transition to agriculture over ten thousand years ago, if not longer. In this class, we will use the tools of environmental archaeology to explore the history of human interactions with their environments and to draw lessons on how we could manage that interaction today.
ANTH-255
3 Credits
Since the first humans set out from Africa nearly two million years ago, our ancestors and relatives managed to settle in almost every continent. Wherever they went, they left traces of their lives that are tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of years deep. We call these traces the archaeological record. Almost everywhere our ancestors settled, they did many of the same things, such as inventing agriculture, cities, writing, and state-level societies. However, they did this in ways unique to each region and time. This course examines the archaeology of a specific region, such as the Middle East, Mesoamerica, North America, or East Asia, in detail. We examine the geography, culture, archaeological record, and significance of the region to various key themes in archaeological research with respect to other world regions.
ANTH-502
3 Credits
This is the first course of a two-semester Scholar's Thesis sequence in anthropology or urban studies in which students will conduct an original research project. In this first course, working with a thesis adviser, students will formulate a research question, conduct a literature review, prepare the research design, and begin data collection, following the conventions of cultural anthropology, archaeology, or urban studies.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Chase, Brad, et al. "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. (2018): 1-12. Print.
Meiggs, D., et al. "Pastoral Land Use of the Indus Civilization in Gujarat: Faunal Analyses and Biogenic Isotopes at Bagasra." Journal of Archaeological Science 50. (2014): 1-15. Print.
Book Chapter
Meiggs, David C., Benjamin S. Arbuckle, and Aliye Öztan. "The Pixelated Shepard: Identifying Detailed Land-use Practices at Chalcolithic Köşk Höyük, Central Turkey, Using a Strontium Isotope (87Sr/86Sr) Isoscape." Isotopic Investigations of Pastoralism in Prehistory. Ed. Alicia R. Ventresca-Miller and Cheryl A. Makarewicz. New York, NY: Routledge, 2018. 77-95. Print.
Meiggs, David C. and Carolyn R. Freiwald. "Bioarchaeological Approaches to Human Migration." Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Ed. C. Smith. New York, NY: Springer, 2014. 3538-3545. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Meiggs, David, Chase Brad, and P. Ajithprasad. "Pastoral Land-use of the Indus Civilization in Gujarat." Session: Archaeologies of Land Use; Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology. Society for American Archaeology. Austin, Texas. 23-27 Apr. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Meiggs, David. "The Pixelated Shepherd." Session: Isotopic Investigations of Pastoral Production: Innovative Approaches to Patterns of Mobility, Economy, and Exploitation. Annual Meeting. European Association of Archaeologists. Istanbul, Turkey. 10-14 Sep. 2014. Conference Presentation.