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Adjunct Assistant Research Scientist, Museum of Anthropology
Ruthven Museums Bldg, 1109 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079
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Research interests: Native North American Archaeology, Ethnohistory, Ritual, Egalitarian Social Organization, Geospatial Analysis (GIS)
Meghan’s research questions focus on how “small-scale” societies maintain egalitarian social organization in the face of emergent social complexity, with particular focus on the role ritual practice and ceremonial monuments play in this process. She has explored these issues through years of work on Native American occupation in the centuries preceding European Contact in the Northern Great Lakes, AD 1200-1600. Her work takes a multifaceted approach combining regional archaeological investigations, ethnohistory, and geospatial modeling (with GIS). Her most recent project is the NSF funded Cultural Landscapes of Douglas Lake Archaeological Research Program based out of the University of Michigan Biological Station. This project has involved UMMA field school students, several undergraduate and graduate students from other universities, as well as a deep commitment to public outreach, including engagement and collaborative activities with the Burt Lake (Cheboiganing) Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
Meghan is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire where she teaches Method and Theory in Archaeology, Landscape Archaeology, Heritage Management, Introduction to Native American Studies, and Introduction to Biological Anthropology. She also works closely with undergraduate students on independent anthropological and archaeological research projects.
Museum of Anthropology
Ruthven Museums Building1109 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan