Areas of Expertise
Anthropology, Archaeology, Zooarchaeology, Osteoarchaeology, Taphonomy
Post-Doctoral Fellow in Anthropology
Trent University, Canada 2017–2018
Department of Anthropology
Ph.D. in Anthropology
University of Connecticut, USA 2017
Department of Anthropology, Old World Archaeology Wing.
M.Sc. in Osteoarchaeology
University of Edinburgh, U.K. 2009
School of History, Classics and Archaeology
B.A. in Anthropology and Spanish
University of Louisville, USA 2006
My research investigates human-animal relations across pivotal shifts in human history—from the decline of Neanderthals in Paleolithic France, to the beginning of animal domestication in Neolithic Israel, and to the rise and fall of urban centers across Bronze–Iron Age Greece. I integrate zooarchaeological and contextual taphonomic methods to detect daily meals, past rites (i.e. feasting), and norms of refuse management. By examining this evidence through social zooarchaeology and ecological anthropology frameworks, I work to form more complete models of past ecologies during times of human stress across diverse environments.
I focus on the archaeology of Mediterranean sites ranging in date from the Middle Paleolithic to Iron Age. My broader interests include the study of human and animal remains from sites and time periods across the world. I currently study fauna remains from sites in Israel, Greece and France and have experience curating and studying fauna from archaeological sites and modern taphonomic collections across Europe, North America, and Africa. I have also worked with human remains, specifically a Medieval assemblage from Scotland, and often draw upon bioarchaeological spatial analysis techniques (via GIS) in my faunal research.
2011 Best Poster Designed Entirely by Students, Archaeological Institute of America
Board Member, Archaeological Institute of America, Jacksonville Society
Grants and Contracts Awarded
2017-2018 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Trent University, Ontario Canada
2013 National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant
2012 CARE Archaeological Foundation Grant, PI: Dr. Natalie Munro
2012 American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Wiener Lab Travel Grant
2006 Darcy Blair Memorial Scholarship, The Community Foundation of Louisville
2004 PortAnta Summer Archaeology Fellowship
2015 Anthropology Dissertation Writing Fellowship, University of Connecticut
2014 University of Connecticut Dissertation Fellowship
2011, 2012, 2013 University of Connecticut Summer Research Grant
2005 University of Louisville Hicks International Travel Award
2004 & 2005 U of L Richard B. and Constance Lewis Educational Fund Award
2004 & 2005 U of L Modern Languages Travel Fund Award
2004 U of L Vice President of Research Award
2002 U of L Trustee's Scholar
Publications & Presentations
2020* Meier, J.S., The contextual taphonomy of middens at Neolithic Kfar HaHoresh. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 33, p.102531.
In press* Meier, J.S., Price, G.C., Shelton, K. Distinguishing palatial from autonomous subsistence provisioning with zooarchaeological and isotopic analyses at Petsas House, Mycenae (Late Helladic IIIA2). In: Food Provisioning in Complex Societies, eds. L. Attici & B. Arbuckle. Proceedings of the 12th Meeting of the International Council of Archaeozoology, Sept. 22–27, 2014. For University of Colorado Press.
2019* Kvapil, L.A., Meier, J.S., Price, G.C., Shelton, K. Beyond City and Country at Mycenae: urban and rural practices in a subsistence landscape. In: Country in the city: Forms and functions of agro-pastoral activities in Mediterranean pre-Classical cities (Aegean and Western Mediterranean Protohistory), eds. D. Garcia, R. Orgeolet, M. Pomadère, J. Zurbach. Proceedings of the conference in Marseille, France October 16th–17th, 2014.
2019* Morin, E.+, Meier, J.+(+Equal Contributions), El Guennouni, K., Moigne, A., Lebreton, L., Rusch, L., Valensi, P., Conolly, J. and Cochard, D. New evidence of broader diets for archaic Homo populations in the Northwestern Mediterranean. Science Advances (Nature publications). https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/3/eaav9106
2018* Munro, N.M., Sapir-Hen, L., Meier, J.S., Bar-Oz, G. Stiner, M. The Emergence of Animal Domestication in the Southern Levant. Scientific Reports. [https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-27647-z]
2017* Meier, J.; Goring-Morris, A. N.; Munro, N. D. Aurochs bone deposits from Kfar HaHoresh and the southern Levant across the agricultural transition. Antiquity 91(360), pp.1469–1483. [https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2017.179]
2017* Meier, J.; Goring-Morris, A. N.; Munro, N. D. Depositional Histories of Faunal Remains at the Cultic Site of Kfar HaHoresh, Israel. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. [Web link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278416517300478?via%3Dihub]
2016* Meier, J.; Goring-Morris, A. N.; Munro, N. D. Provisioning the ritual Neolithic site of Kfar HaHoresh, Israel at the dawn of animal management. PLoS One 11(11): e0166573. [https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0166573]
2015* Munro, N.D.; Kennerty, M.; Meier, J.; Samei, S.; al-Nahar, M.; Olszewski, D. I. Human Hunting and Settlement Mobility in the Early Epipaleolithic of the Jordanian Western Highlands. Quaternary International. vol. 30, 1e9. [https://goo.gl/DdpCbx]
2014 Kiper, J. and Meier, J. The Problems and Origins of Belief in Big Gods. Religion, Brain and Behavior. vol. 4, issue 3. [https://goo.gl/omHUUP]
2013* Meier, J. More than Fun and Games? An Experimental Study of Worked Bone Astragali from Two Middle Bronze Age Hungarian Sites. In From These Bare Bones: Raw materials and the study of worked osseous objects, eds. A. Choyke & S. O'Connor. Proceedings of the Raw Materials session at the 11th ICAZ Conference, Paris, 2010. Oxbow Books: Oxford. [https://goo.gl/PNY3MH]
2009 Meier, J. Appendix II: Bronze Age worked animal bones from Zagyvapalfalva-Homokbanya (Northern Hungary). In Ticsicum. Szolnok.
Presented Papers and Posters
2019 Meier, J.S. Neolithic Kfar HaHoresh: Contextualizing diet and disposal practices at a ceremonial center. Archaeozoology of Southwest Asia Meeting , 3-7 June 2019, Barcelona, Spain.
2018 Co-Chaired Session with Yeshurun, R.: Contextual Taphonomy in Theory and Practice. 13th International Council of Archaeozoology (ICAZ) Meeting September 2–7, 2018. Ankara, Turkey
2018 Meier, J.S. From meat to meals to middens: the contextual taphonomy of faunal refuse at Neolithic Kfar HaHoresh. ICAZ Meeting 2018. Ankara, Turkey
2018 Meier, J.S. Faunal Perspectives on Occupation Intensity and Use of Space at Neolithic Kfar HaHoresh. Society of American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
2018 Meier, J.S. The Zooarchaeology of Ritual Meals Across the Agricultural Transition in the Southern Levant, Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
2018 Morin, E. Meier, J.S., El Guennouni, K., Moigne, A., Lebreton, L., Rusch, L. Valensi, P., Conolly, J., and Cochard, D. Revisiting Diet Breadth in Middle and Late Pleistocene Europe: Implications of New Findings. Neanderthal: The Conference, Gibralter.
2018 Trusty, D., Meier, J.S., Price, G., and Shelton, K. Power, provisioning, pots, and pigs at Petsas House, Mycenae. Session: Food and Drink in Archaeology: multidisciplinary approaches to past food practices. 24th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, Barcelona, Spain.
2018 Price, G.C., Meier, J.S. (Invited Talk) Renovative Modeling: Upgrading Faunal (Re)Distribution at Late Bronze Age Mycenae, Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
2017 Munro, N. D., Meier, J.S., Sapir-Hen, L. Early Human Control over Ungulate Taxa in the Southern Levant. SAA 2017, Vancouver, BC.
2016 Meier, J.S. Vertebrate Osteology and the Human Past, Invited Speaker. Meredith College, NC.
2015 Meier, J.S. A Zooarchaeological Investigation of Variation in Animal Use at Petsas House, Mycenae. Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, New Orleans.
2014 Shelton, K., Kvapil, L., Price, G.C., Meier, J.S. Beyond City and Country at Mycenae: Urban and rural practices in a subsistence landscape. Marseille, France, October 16-17, 2014.
2014 Meier, J.S., Price, G.C., Shelton, K. Animals Beyond the Cyclopean Walls: Integrating faunal and isotopic analysis at Late Helladic IIIA2 Petsas House. ICAZ 2014, Argentina.
2013 Munro, N. D., Kennerty, M., Meier, J. S., Samei, S. Human Hunting and Landscape use in the Jordanian Western Highlands during the Early Epipaleolithic. SAA 2013. Austin, TX.
2011 Price, G., Meier, J.S., Shelton, K. Poster: Death and Destruction: Preliminary Observations of Archaeological Fauna from the Petsas House Well. AIA 2011. San Antonio, TX. Winner Best Poster Designed Entirely by Students.
2010 Meier, J.S. Worked bone astragali from Bronze Age Hungary. Invited Speaker, Yale Lunch Seminar Series
2010 Meier, J.S. Poster: An experimental study of worked bone astragali from two Hungarian Middle Bronze Age Sites. International Council of Archaeozoology (ICAZ) Conference. Paris, France.