MEADOW, RICHARD HENRY / Archaeology / Researchers

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Director of the Zooarchaeology Laboratory at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Senior-Lecturer on Anthropology at Harvard, and Project Director of HARP, the Harappa Archaeological Research Project.

Research interests

Dr. Meadow's technical specialty is the study of the remains of animals found in archaeological sites (Zooarchaeology). His main research interests include the domestication and exploitation of animals during the pre- and protohistoric periods in the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, the development of the Indus Civilization, and the provisioning of ancient urban settlements.
He has carried out or is carrying out analysis of faunal remains from the following sites: Balakot, Allahdino, Mehrgarh, Nausharo, Sibri, Pirak, Jailpur, and Harappa (Pakistan); Hajji Firuz and Tepe Yahya (Iran); and Obluang (Thailand).

He is a founder member and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Council of Archaeozoology. He is also a founder member of the working group on the Archaeozoology of Southwest Asia and Adjacent Areas and is on the editorial committees of the journals Paléorient, Archaeozoologica, and Archaeofauna. He was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1995 and is a member of many national and international professional organisations.


1997. (with J.M. Kenoyer) Excavations at Harappa 1994-1995: New perspectives on the Indus script, craft activities, and city organisation. In South Asian Archaeology 1995 (R and B. Allchin, Eds.). New Delhi: Oxford and IBH.
1997. Review of The Archaeology of Early Historic South Asia, by F.R. Allchin et al. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), Journal of South Asian Studies 56: 514-516.
1996. (with J.M. Kenoyer and R.P. Wright) Harappa Archaeological Research Project: 1996 Excavations, submitted to the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Pakistan, 17 December, 1996.
1996. The origins and spread of agriculture and pastoralism in northwestern South Asia, in The Origins and Spread of Agriculture and Pastoralism in Eurasia, (D.R. Harris, Ed.), pp/ 309-412. London: UCL Press.
1995. (with Hitomi Hongo) Faunal analysis with a focus on Anatolia. American Journal of Archaeology 99: 96-99.

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