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  • Meghan C.L. Howey is an anthropological archaeologist specializing in landscape archaeology and interdisciplinary approaches to deep-time coupled human natural systems. She received her B.A. (2000) from the University of Delaware and her M.A. (2002) and Ph.D. (2006) from the University of Michigan. She has conducted research in North America, Europe, and East Africa. One of her major research projects has focused on Native American regional organization in the Northern Great Lakes region in the period preceding European Contact. She has explored how local communities construed and used ceremonial monument centers to facilitate economic, social and ideological interaction in this period. She also examines the critical role of food storage during this period as well. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis, ethnohistoric research and collaboration with local tribal communities enhance her research. Her theoretical and methodological interests include landscape theory, the Anthropocene, geospatial analysis, ritual practices, and early colonialism. Dr. Howey is currently the James H. Hayes and Claire Short Hayes Professor of the Humanities and her project is “A Deep Time, Multi-Archive Narrative of the Anthropocene in the Great Bay”. In this capacity, she is the Director of the Great Bay Archaeological Survey (GBAS), a community-engaged and interdisciplinary archaeology program.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2022 Spectacles of Settler Colonial Memory: Archaeological Findings from an Early Twentieth-Century "First" Settlement Pageant and Other Commemorative Terrain in New England.International Journal of Historical Archaeology.  26:974-1007. 2022
    2021 Ritual, Labor Mobilization, and Monumental Construction in Small-Scale Societies The Case of Adena and Hopewell in the Middle Ohio River ValleyCurrent Anthropology.  62:164-177. 2021
    2020 Harnessing Remote Sensing Derived Sea Level Rise Models to Assess Cultural Heritage Vulnerability: A Case Study from the Northwest Atlantic OceanSustainability.  12:9429-9429. 2020
    2020 Colonialism, Community, and Heritage in Native New EnglandThe Public Historian: a journal of public history.  42:155-156. 2020
    2020 Other-Than-Human Persons, Mishipishu, and Danger in the Late Woodland Inland Waterway Landscape of Northern MichiganAmerican Antiquity.  85:347-366. 2020
    2020 Remotely Sensed Big Data and Iterative Approaches to Cultural Feature Detection and Past Landscape Process AnalysisJournal of Field Archaeology.  45:S27-S38. 2020
    2020 A late Holocene record of human impacts on tropical environments from non-pollen palynomorphs, Albertine Rift, western UgandaQuaternary Research.  93:172-186. 2020
    2018 Analyzing landform patterns in the monumental landscape of the northern Great Lakes, 1200-1600 CEJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports.  19:886-893. 2018
    2017 Paleoenvironmental change in tropical Africa during the Holocene based on a record from Lake Kifuruka, western UgandaJournal of Quaternary Science.  32:1099-1111. 2017
    2017 Assessing the state of archaeological GIS research: Unbinding analyses of past landscapesJournal of Archaeological Science.  84:1-9. 2017
    2017 To address the Anthropocene, engage the liberal artsAnthropocene.  18:105-110. 2017
    2016 Geospatial modeling approach to monument construction using Michigan from A.D. 1000-1600 as a case study.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA.  113:7443-7448. 2016
    2016 Immovable food storage facilities, knowledge, and landscape in non-sedentary societies: Perspectives from northern MichiganJournal of Anthropological Archaeology.  42:37-55. 2016
    2016 Nation, College, Wartime: Archaeology at a WWI Student Army Training Corps Camp at New Hampshire CollegeInternational Journal of Historical Archaeology.  20:289-317. 2016
    2016 Ancestral Mounds: Vitality and Volatility of Native AmericaAmerican Indian Culture and Research Journal.  40:145-147. 2016
    2016 Detecting Precontact Anthropogenic Microtopographic Features in a Forested Landscape with Lidar: A Case Study from the Upper Great Lakes Region, AD 1000-1600.PLoS ONE.  11:e0162062. 2016
    2015 Geospatial landscape permeability modeling for archaeology: A case study of food storage in northern MichiganJournal of Archaeological Science.  64:88-99. 2015
    2014 Moderate-Resolution Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analyses of Microclimates, Mounds, and Maize in the Northern Great LakesADVANCES IN ARCHAEOLOGICAL PRACTICE.  2:195-207. 2014
    2012 Social Archaeologies of Trade and Exchange: Exploring Relationships among People, Places and ThingsCambridge Archaeological Journal.  22:430-432. 2012
    2011 Multiple pathways across past landscapes: circuit theory as a complementary geospatial method to least cost path for modeling past movementJournal of Archaeological Science.  38:2523-2535. 2011
    2011 Colonial Encounters, European Kettles, and the Magic of Mimesis in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Century Indigenous Northeast and Great LakesInternational Journal of Historical Archaeology.  15:329-357. 2011
    2010 “The question which has puzzled, and still puzzles”: How American Indian Authors Challenged Dominant Discourse about Native American Origins in the Nineteenth CenturyAmerican Indian Quarterly.  34:435-435. 2010
    2007 Using multi-criteria cost surface analysis to explore past regional landscapes: a case study of ritual activity and social interaction in Michigan, AD 1200-1600Journal of Archaeological Science.  34:1830-1846. 2007
    2006 Bear's journey and the study of ritual in archaeologyAmerican Antiquity.  71:261-282. 2006


    Year Title
    2018 Dead Kettles and Indigenous Afterworlds in Early Colonial Encounters in the Maritimes.  51-71. 2018

    Teaching Activities

  • Internship Taught course
  • Internship Taught course
  • Method & Theory in Archaeology Taught course
  • Reading and Research Taught course
  • Honors Senior Thesis Taught course 2023
  • Method & Theory in Archaeology Taught course 2023
  • Honors Senior Thesis Taught course 2022
  • Method & Theory in Archaeology Taught course 2022
  • Internship Taught course 2021
  • Method & Theory in Archaeology Taught course 2021
  • Method & Theory in Archaeology Taught course 2021
  • Internship Taught course 2020
  • Method & Theory in Archaeology Taught course 2020
  • Adventures in Archaeology Taught course 2019 - 2020
  • Internship Taught course 2019
  • Lost Campus:Archaeology of UNH Taught course 2019
  • Senior Thesis Taught course 2019
  • Human Evolution, Fossils & DNA Taught course 2018 - 2019
  • Internship Taught course 2018
  • Lost Campus:Archaeology of UNH Taught course 2018
  • Senior Thesis Taught course 2018
  • Internship Taught course 2018
  • Method & Theory in Archaeology Taught course 2018
  • Internship Taught course 2017
  • Peoples & Cultures/N. America Taught course 2017
  • Comparative Ideas Taught course 2017
  • Field Studies in Art & Culture Taught course 2017
  • Humanities Spr Budapest Prog Taught course 2017
  • Human Evolution, Fossils & DNA Taught course 2016 - 2017
  • Internship Taught course 2016
  • Lost Campus:Archaeology of UNH Taught course 2016
  • Human Evolution, Fossils & DNA Taught course 2015 - 2016
  • Method & Theory in Archaeology Taught course 2015
  • Senior Thesis Taught course 2015
  • Human Evolution, Fossils & DNA Taught course 2014 - 2015
  • Internship Taught course 2014
  • Internship Taught course 2014
  • Lost Campus:Archaeology of UNH Taught course 2014
  • Senior Thesis Taught course 2014
  • Honors Senior Thesis Taught course 2014
  • Internship Taught course 2014
  • Human Evolution, Fossils & DNA Taught course 2013 - 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Anthropology, University of Delaware
  • B.A. Political Science, University of Delaware
  • M.A. Anthropology, University of Michigan
  • M.A. Archaeology, University of Michigan
  • Ph.D. Anthropological Archaeology, University of Michigan
  • Full Name

  • Meghan Howey