Meghan Burchell




Ph.D. (Anthropology), McMaster University, 2013


Email: mburchell [@]
Office: QC 2007
Follow me on Twitter: @MeghanBurchell

Research Interests

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.

Teaching 2020-2021
Fall 2020

ARCH 3510 Ancient Americas
ARCH 3678 Archaeology of Death

Winter 2021

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.

Selected Publications


Department of Archaeology

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