Professor of Anthropology
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. He currently works with the government of the Bahamas to inventory historical and archaeological sites on an island in the central part of the nation’s archipelago. Students regularly participate in his fieldwork projects through the college’s winter term and summer research programs. Professor Meyers collaborates with students on professional conference presentations, and he coauthored a 2015 publication on the Bahamas research with an Eckerd anthropology major. His work was recently featured in the December 2017 issue of Current World Archaeology, a London-based magazine.
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, which focused on the lives of Maya-descent laborers, was featured in Archaeology magazine. His account of 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, Latin American Studies, International Business, and International Studies.
- 2017 Enigma of the Shallow Seas. Current World Archaeology 2017(86):30-35.
- 2017 Prerevolutionary Henequen Landscapes of Northwestern Yucatán. In The Value of Things: Prehistoric to Contemporary Commodities in the Maya Region, edited by Jennifer Mathews and Thomas Guderjan, pp. 124-143. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
- 2015 Striking for Freedom: The 1831 Uprising at Golden Grove Plantation, Cat Island. International Journal of Bahamian Studies 21(1):74-90.
- 2015 Historical Landscapes of Golden Grove and Newfield Plantations, Cat Island. Journal of the Bahamas Historical Society 37(1):42-51.
- 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.
- 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]