Professor of Anthropology
Chapin Faculty Fellow, 2014-2015
Office: Seibert Humanities, 100G
Phone: (727) 864-8230
Fax: (727) 864-7995
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Ph.D., Texas A&M University, Anthropology
M.A., University of Alabama, Anthropology
B.A., Centre College, Anthropology/Sociology & Spanish
Introduction to Anthropology, Principles of Archaeology, Cultural Ecology, Cultural Geography, Archaeology Seminar, and Bahamas: Field Archaeology (study abroad).
Professor Meyers is an archaeologist with field experience that stretches back more than two decades. His interests include plantation settlements and other cultural landscapes since colonial times. Since 2012, he has been working with the government of The Bahamas to inventory historical and archaeological sites on Cat Island, which lies on the eastern edge of the Bahamian archipelago. He was awarded a Lloyd W. Chapin Faculty Fellowship for 2014-2015 to pursue interdisciplinary research on slave resistance and emancipation related to colonial Bahamian plantations. Eckerd students regularly participate in the Bahamas fieldwork through the college’s winter term and summer research programs.
Prior to his current project, Prof. Meyers spent more than a dozen years directing archaeological work at Hacienda Tabi, a renowned plantation on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The research, focusing on the lives of Maya-descent laborers, was featured in Archaeology magazine. Prof. Meyers has sponsored several conference papers by Eckerd students and coauthored a journal article with two anthropology majors relating to the Yucatan project. His book detailing the endeavor, Outside the Hacienda Walls, garnered the Collegium Award for Scholarship in 2014.
Professor Meyers served as Chair of the Comparative Cultures Collegium from 2008-2013. The collegium is an academic division that oversees programs in six modern languages, International Business, Anthropology, and International Studies.
2012 Outside the Hacienda Walls: The Archaeology of Plantation Peonage in Nineteenth-Century Yucatan. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
2014 La arqueología del peonaje porfiriano en la hacienda Tabi, Yucatán. In "El pueblo maya del siglo XIX: perspectivas arqueológicas e históricas," coordinated by Susan Kepecs and Rani T. Alexander, pp. 53-69. Cuadernos del Centro de Estudios Mayas, No. 40. Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
2008 Houselot Refuse Disposal and Geochemistry at a Late 19th Century Hacienda Village in Yucatan, Mexico. Journal of Field Archaeology 33(4):371-388 [Allison S. Harvey and Sarah A. Levithol, co-authors].
2005 Material Expressions of Social Inequality at a Porfirian Sugar Hacienda in Yucatán, Mexico. Historical Archaeology 39(4):112-137.
2005 Lost Hacienda: Scholars Reconstruct the Lives of Laborers on a Yucatán Plantation. Archaeology 58(1):42-45.
2004 The Challenge and Promise of Hacienda Archaeology in Yucatan. The SAA Archaeological Record 4(1):20-23.
2002 Peonage, Power Relations, and the Built Environment at Hacienda Tabi, Yucatan, Mexico. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 6(4):225-252 [David L. Carlson, co-author]
1999 West African Tradition in the Decoration of Colonial Jamaican Folk Pottery. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 3(4):201-223.
1998 Ethnic Distinctions and Wealth among Colonial Jamaican Merchants, 1685-1716. Social Science History 22(1):47-81.