Ph.D. (Anthropology), McMaster University, 2013
Email: mburchell [@] mun.ca
Office: QC 2007
Follow me on Twitter: @MeghanBurchell
My research intersects archaeology, biology and geochemistry to understand long-term human-environmental interactions. More specifically, I study the micro-structure and geochemistry of hard tissues such as shell, bone, teeth and coral to derive information on past climate, human settlement patterns and diet. The majority of my work focuses on coastal landscapes and the development of new techniques to improve seasonality and paleoclimate reconstructions using high-resolution stable isotope sclerochronology.
Regionally, I have worked on field and lab-based research projects on the coast of British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. In addition to archaeological research, I have also worked on environmental monitoring and remediation projects in Chile and the Caribbean.
My theoretical interests include hunter-gatherer settlement and subsistence economies, gender and archaeology, and the archaeology of death. Methodologically, I am interested in the application of stable isotopes and trace elements to understand past environments and populations. I am also interested in the practice of sustainable archaeology, collections management and archival-based research.
I am currently directing a 4-year SSHRC Insight Grant Project Human-environmental interactions in the Salish Sea, British Columbia: archaeological histories of seasonality, subsistence and settlement through high-resolution biogeochemistry.
For more information, please visit the Memorial Applied Archaeological Sciences webpage.
ARCH 3510 Ancient Americas
ARCH 3678 Archaeology of Death
ARCH 1000 Introduction to Archaeology
ARCH 2480 Principles of Archaeology
ARCh 3688 Coastal Archaeology
2018 MUN School of Graduate Studies Dean’s Excellence Award for Service Excellence.
- Burchell, M., and Harris, A. 2018. Stable Isotopes in Canadian Archaeology: Current and Future Directions. Special Issue: Celebrating 50 Years of The Canadian Journal of Archaeology, 42(1): 115-123.
- Burchell, M., Stopp, MP., Cannon, A., Hallmann, N., Schöne, BR. 2018. Determining seasonality of mussel collection from an early historic Inuit site, Labrador, Canada: Comparing thin-sections with high-resolution stable oxygen isotope analysis. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 21: 1215-1224.
- Betts, MW., Burchell, M., Schöne BR. 2017. An Economic History of the Maritime Woodland Period in Port Joli Harbour, Nova Scotia. The Journal of the North Atlantic. 10:18-41.
- Cook, K., Burchell, M. 2017. From Ivory Tower to Open Classrooms to #ModernDayMargaretMeads: Empowering the Next Generation of Public Anthropologists. AllegraLab (Finalist in the Sapiens-Allegra Public Anthropology Competition).
- Cannon, A., Burchell, M. 2016. Reconciling oxygen isotope sclerochronology with interpretations of millennia of seasonal shellfish collection on the Pacific Northwest Coast. Quaternary International 47 (A): 184-191.
- Williamson, RF., Burchell, M., Fox, W., Grant, S. 2016. Looking Eastward: Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Century exchange systems of the north shore ancestral Wendat. In: B. Sixteenth-Century Contact in the Northeast: Networks among Fishers, Foragers and Farmers. Loewen and C. Chapdelaine, eds. Mercury Series in Archaeology, Canadian Museum of History and University of Ottawa Press, Ottawa. Pp. 235-255.
- Burchell, M., Hallmann, N., Schöne, BR., Cannon, A., Schwarcz, HP. 2014. Biogeochemical signatures of archaeological shells: Implications for interpreting seasonality at shell midden sites. In: The Cultural Dynamics of Shell Matrix Sites. Edited by M. Roksandic, S. Mendonça de Souza, S. Eggers, M. Burchell and D. Klokler. University of New Mexico Press. Pp. 241-250.
- Schwarcz, HP. Chisholm, B., Burchell, M. 2014. Isotopic Studies of the diet of the peoples of the coast of British Columbia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 155:460-468.
- Burchell, M., Betts, M., Patton, A.K. 2014. Preliminary analysis of stable oxygen isotopes and shell growth in the soft-shelled clam Mya arenaria: Implications interpreting seasonality and shellfish harvesting in Port Joli Nova Scotia. North Atlantic Archaeology 3: 91-106.
- Burchell, M., Hallmann, N, Martindale, A, Cannon, A, Schöne, BR. 2013. Seasonality and the intensity of shellfish harvesting on the north coast of British Columbia, Canada. The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 8(2):152-169.
- Burchell, M., Cannon, A., Hallmann, N. Schwarcz, HP., Schöne, BR. 2013. Refining estimates for the season of shellfish collection on the Pacific Northwest Coast: Applying high-resolution stable oxygen isotope analysis and sclerochronology. Archaeometry 55(2): 258-276.
- Burchell, M., Cannon, A., Hallmann, N. Schwarcz, HP., Schöne, BR. 2013. Inter-site variability in the season of shellfish collection on the central coast of British Columbia. Journal of Archaeological Science 40(1):626-636.