Meghan Howey

Department Chair, Anthropology

PROFESSOR
James H. Hayes and Claire Short Hayes Professor of the Humanities
Phone: (603) 862-2518
Office: Anthropology, Huddleston Hall, Durham, NH 03824
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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.

Education

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

Research Interests

  • Archaeology: anthropocene
  • Cultural heritage and sustainability
  • Geospatial modeling
  • Landscape
  • North America

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 415: Human Evolution, Fossils & DNA
  • ANTH 444: Lost Campus:Archaeology of UNH
  • ANTH 500: Peoples & Cultures/N. America
  • ANTH 514: Method & Theory in Archaeology
  • ANTH 699: Senior Thesis
  • ANTH 700: Internship
  • COLA 658: Humanities Spr Budapest Prog
  • HUMA 550: Comparative Ideas
  • HUMA 551: Field Studies in Art & Culture

Selected Publications

Howey, M. C. L., & Clark, M. (2018). Analyzing landform patterns in the monumental landscape of the northern Great Lakes, 1200–1600 CE. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 19, 886-893. doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.05.033

Howey, M. C. L., & Brouwer Burg, M. (2017). Assessing the state of archaeological GIS research: Unbinding analyses of past landscapes. Journal of Archaeological Science, 84, 1-9. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2017.05.002

Howey, M. C. L., Palace, M. W., & McMichael, C. H. (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, 113(27), 7443-7448. doi:10.1073/pnas.1603450113

Howey, M. C. L., & Frederick, K. (2016). Immovable food storage facilities, knowledge, and landscape in non-sedentary societies: Perspectives from northern Michigan. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 42, 37-55. doi:10.1016/j.jaa.2016.03.001

Price, J., & Howey, M. C. L. (2016). Nation, College, Wartime: Archaeology at a WWI Student Army Training Corps Camp at New Hampshire College. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 20(2), 289-317. doi:10.1007/s10761-016-0338-5

Howey, M. C. L. (2011). Multiple pathways across past landscapes: circuit theory as a complementary geospatial method to least cost path for modeling past movement. Journal of Archaeological Science, 38(10), 2523-2535. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2011.03.024

Howey, M. C. L. (2011). Colonial Encounters, European Kettles, and the Magic of Mimesis in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Century Indigenous Northeast and Great Lakes. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 15(3), 329-357. doi:10.1007/s10761-011-0145-y

Howey, M. C. L., & O'Shea, J. (2009). On Archaeology and the Study of Ritual: Considering Inadequacies in the Culture-History Approach and Quests for Internal “Meaning”. American Antiquity, 74(01), 193-201. doi:10.1017/s0002731600047582

Howey, M. C. L. (2007). Using multi-criteria cost surface analysis to explore past regional landscapes: a case study of ritual activity and social interaction in Michigan, AD 1200–1600. Journal of Archaeological Science, 34(11), 1830-1846. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2007.01.002

Howey, M. C. L., & O'Shea, J. M. (2006). Bear's Journey and the Study of Ritual in Archaeology. American Antiquity, 71(02), 261-282. doi:10.2307/40035905

Most Cited Publications