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Meggan E. BlessingMeggan E. Blessing

M.A., Anthropology, Univ. of Florida, 2004
B.A., Anthropology, Univ. of Florida, 2000

Background and Research Interests

Specializing in zooarchaeological analyses, Meggan has worked on Archaic period assemblages from South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Her master’s research in the Middle Savannah River Valley detailed aspects of Stallings’ and related peoples’ fishing technology through time, highlighting the role of intensification in fostering intergroup relations. Working in Florida as a doctoral student, Meggan has focused on understanding the aquatic ecology of the dominant species represented in shell-bearing sites. Her research interests also include exploring indigenous foodways and related technologies, and their articulation with identity, social relations, and worldview.

Current Research Projects

Meggan’s dissertation research is centered on the social and ecological parameters of Archaic period (ca. 6200-3500 BP) shellfish procurement and deposition in the middle St. Johns River valley. This work draws in part on stable oxygen isotopes to infer region-wide patterns regarding ancient shellfish populations, the seasonality and intensity of shellfish procurement, the rate and magnitude of depositional events, and the overall sustainability of local resource use. These data will help characterize the structure of shellfish assemblages through time, across domestic and ritual space, to ultimately inform questions regarding the tempos of daily life and how these interface with episodes of mound building.

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