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Dr. Allan Meyers
Professor of Anthropology
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Eckerd College
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St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Allan Meyers

Professor of Anthropology
Chapin Faculty Fellow, 2014-2015

Allan MeyersOffice: 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

Courses Offered

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 worked 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 to pursue interdisciplinary research on Bahamian slavery and emancipation in 2014-2015. Eckerd students regularly participate in fieldwork with Professor Meyers through the college’s winter term and summer research programs.

Prior to his current project, Professor 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. Professor Meyers has sponsored several conference papers by Eckerd students, and he coauthored a journal article with two anthropology majors on the Yucatan project. His book detailing the endeavor, Outside the Hacienda Walls, garnered the 2015 Felicia A. Holton Book Award from the Archaeological Institute of America.

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, Anthropology, International Business, and International Studies.

Published BookOutside the Hacienda Walls book cover

2012 Outside the Hacienda Walls

Recent Publications

2015 Striking for Freedom: The 1831 Uprising at Golden Grove Plantation, Cat Island. International Journal of Bahamian Studies 21(1):74-90.

2015 Cat Island Heritage Project. Society for Historical Archaeology Newsletter 48(1):26-28 [Anna Shaw '16, coauthor].

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.

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].

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.

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

Ellie Finkenaur '15, Anthropology and Spanish double major with a minor in Latin American Studies, was the 2015 recipient of the Ken Keeton Award for Cross-Cultural Engagement, the highest honor of the Comparative Cultures Collegium. Her senior thesis explores life history narratives of Maya-speaking women in Yucatan, Mexico. A member of Lambda Alpha and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies, Ellie is currently working for the Ministry of Education in Spain as a Language and Culture Assistant in the province of Galicia.

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.