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Dr. Allan Meyers
Professor of Anthropology
Discipline Coordinator of Anthropology

Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Allan Meyers

Professor of Anthropology
Discipline Coordinator of Anthropology

Allan MeyersOffice: Seibert Humanities, rm. 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

Courses Offered

Introduction to Anthropology, Principles of Archaeology, Cultural Ecology, Cultural Geography, Archaeology Seminar, and Bahamas: Field Archaeology(study abroad).


Professor Meyers specializes in the historical archaeology and ethnohistory of Mesoamerica and the Caribbean. He spent 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. His new book, Outside the Hacienda Walls, details how the project came to be, what was learned in the process, and how the site might be beneficially used in the future.  Professor Meyers has also published on subjects in cultural anthropology, history, and geography. Undergraduates frequently accompany him into the field, and he has co-authored several conference papers with Eckerd students. In 2008, he published a journal article with two anthropology majors.  He is currently 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.  In January 2014, he returns to Cat with a student research group from Eckerd to survey the ruins of a British colonial plantation that is a local heritage site.

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.

Recent Publications

Outside the Hacienda Walls book cover2012 Outside the Hacienda Walls: The Archaeology of Plantation Peonage in Nineteenth-Century Yucatan. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

2009 Bullfights in Mayaland: How Rural Yucatecans Reinvented "Death in the Afternoon." Expedition 51(1):33-40.

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].

Bullfights in Mayaland2005 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.

Archaeology Magazine2002 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.

The Eckerd Experience

Ruby Bielik '11, anthropology and International Business double major, discusses her Eckerd experience and career aspirations. Ruby was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and she won the 2011 Ken Keeton Award for Cross-Cultural Engagement, the highest honor of the Comparative Cultures Collegium.

Life After Eckerd

Eckerd anthropology graduates have an outstanding record of achievement in graduate school, civil service, and multiple career fields. In the last decade, our alumni have entered graduate and professional programs across the country in a variety of disciplines. Learn more.