Megan Daniels

Ph.D., Classical Archaeology


Classics and Ancient History
University of New England, Australia, 2351
Email: megan.daniels@une.edu.au

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Positions

2018-Present Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History, University of New England, Armidale, NSW
2018-Present Research Assistant Professor, SUNY-Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
2017-2018 IEMA Postdoctoral Fellow, SUNY-Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
2016-2017 Lora Bryning Redford Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
2012-2014 Teaching Assistant and Instructor, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Education

PhD in Classical Archaeology, Stanford University, Stanford, California, September 2010 – July 2016

M.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, September 2007 – September 2009

Honours B.A. in Archaeology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, September 2001 – August 2005

Education (Other)

Certificate in Multimedia and Web Development, University of British Columbia Continuing Education, Vancouver, BC, March 2014 – April 2016

Visiting Student Associate Member, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Athens, Greece, July 2014

Howard Comfort Summer Program in Roman Pottery, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy, June – July 2011

Archaeological Drawing, Hellenic Education and Research Center, Kythera, Greece, July 2007

MEI International Academy, Cedar Mills, Ontario, Spring 2001

Academic Honours, Awards, and Grants

External Awards

Stanford University

The University of British Columbia

Wilfrid Laurier University

Publications

Daniels, M. 2017. Review of Bonnet, Corinne and Laurent Bricault. Quand les dieux voyagent: cultes et mythes en mouvement dans l'espace méditerranéen antique. Histoire des religions. Genève: Labor et Fides, 2016. BMCR.

Daniels, M. 2017. “Black Athena in the Classroom, 30 Years On: Why Bernal Still Matters to Classics and American Education.” Eidolon.

Daniels, M. 2017. “Hercules and Symbolic Power in Roman Hispania: Appropriating a Globalized Discourse.” In Rome, Empire of Plunder: The Dynamics of Roman Appropriation, edited by C. MacDonald, M. Loar, and D. Padilla-Peralta, 377-417. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Higgins, S. C. and M. Daniels. 2015. “Alternative Academics: Moving Beyond the Academy.” Forum: Investigating the Future, Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies 3.3: 238-246.

Daniels, M. 2014. “Sacred Exchange: The Religious Institutions of Emporia in the Mediterranean World of the Later Iron Age.” In Urban Dreams and Realities in Antiquity: Remains and Representations of the Ancient City, edited by A. Kemezis, 297-327. Leiden: Brill.

(Revised and resubmitted) Daniels, M. "Aphrodite Pandemos at Naukratis Revisited: The Goddess and her Civic Function in the Context of an Archaic Emporion." Journal of Greek Archaeology

(Revised and resubmitted) Daniels, M. “The Queen of Heaven in Iron Age Greece: Analyzing Religious Ideology and Symbolism on Multiple Scales.” In Untangling the Intangible: Reconstructing Ideologies, Beliefs, and Religion in the Past, edited by K. MacFarland and E. Johannesson. Boulder: University of Colorado Press.

(Under revision) Moses, V., B. Kaufman, A. Drine, H. Barnard, S. Ben Tahar, E. Jerray, and M. Daniels. “Zooarchaeological Evidence for Meat Consumption during the Punic to Roman Colonial Transition at Zita (2nd Century BCE-2nd Century CE).” (submitted to International Journal of Osteoarchaeology)

(Under review) Daniels, M. “The Dying and Rising God: A Funerary Scene from Sparta and Elite Power between East and West.” (submitted to American Journal of Archaeology)

(In preparation) Daniels, M. “Heracles and Melqart.” (for submission to The Oxford Handbook to Heracles, edited by D. Ogden and under contract with Oxford University Press)

(In preparation) Daniels, M. “sed ratio in obscure: The Naked Standing Female and Communities of Elites in the Iron Age Mediterranean.” (for submission to Strong Ties: Networks and the Spread of Ideas in the Past, edited by Anna Collar and under contract with Brill)

(In preparation) Baker, C. K., M. Daniels, U. Fusco, E. Hestand, J. L. Muslin, S. A. Rous and F. Tobin. “Formation Processes and Residuality on the Palatine: An Assemblage from the Cryptoporticus of the Domus Tiberiana, Rome.” Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome.

Teaching Experience (University Level)

Instructor, “Introduction to the Ancient Near East", Classics and Ancient History, University of New England, October 2018-February 2019

Instructor, “New Kingdom Egypt”, Classics and Ancient History, University of New England, July-October 2018

Instructor, “Intermediate Greek: Homer's Iliad and Xenophon's Anabasis”, Classics and Ancient History, University of New England, July-October 2018

Instructor, “Homo Migrans: Modelling Migration and Mobility in the Archaeological Record”, Department of Classics, Department of Anthropology, SUNY-Buffalo, January-May 2018

Instructor, “The Archaeology of Power: States and Empires in the Mediterranean and Near East in the First Millennium BCE”, Department of Classics, University of Puget Sound, January-May 2017

Instructor, “The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World”, Department of Classics, University of Puget Sound, August-December 2016

Co-Instructor, (through mentored teaching assistantship) with Michael Shanks and Thea De Armond: "Introduction to the Archaeology of Greece", Department of Classics, Stanford University, September-December 2014

Grammar Instructor in Ancient Greek, Department of Classics, Stanford University, September-December 2013

Co-Instructor and Writing Tutor for Ian Morris: "Majors Seminar", Department of Classics, Stanford University, April-June 2013

Teaching Assistant for Ian Morris: "The Greeks", Department of Classics, Stanford University, January-March 2013

Teaching Assistant for Walter Scheidel: "The Romans", Department of Classics, Stanford University, March-June 2012

Teaching Assistant for Josiah Ober "The Origins of Political Thought", Department of Classics, Stanford University, January-March 2012

Teaching Assistant for Ronald Ross: "Introduction to Archaeological Methods and Theories", Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, September 2004 – April 2005

Marker for Gerald Schaus: "Greek Civilization" and "Introduction to Greek Art and Archaeology", Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, September-December 2004

Teaching Experience (Other)

English Tutor, Japan Advertising Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia, June 2009 – May 2010

Volunteer English Teacher, Volunteers for Peace – Vietnam, SOS Children’s Village, Viet Tri, Phu Tho Province, Vietnam, June 2007

Oral English Teacher, Long Cheng Junior Middle School, Shenzhen Education Bureau, Longgang District, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China, September 2006 – June 2007

Professional Development

Paid Professional Experience

Database Assistant, for Dr. Josiah Ober, Department of Classics, Stanford University, September-December 2012

Editorial Assistant, for Dr. Franco De Angelis, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, The University of British Columbia, January-May 2010

Program Coordinator, The Global Student Speakers’ Bureau, Office of the Associate Vice President –International; Faculty of Education; University of British Columbia, September 2008 - April 2009

Archaeologist, Parks Canada Archaeological Services: National Parks and Native Sites,, Cornwall, Ontario, Summers 2003, 2004; September 2005 - July 2006

Research Assistant, for Dr. Judith Fletcher, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University , September 2004-August 2005

Digital Humanities Projects

“The Archaeology of Power: States and Empires in the Mediterranean and Near East in the First Millennium BCE”,
Digital humanities class project at the University of Puget Sound involving creation of a website featuring a series of digital essays and multimedia tools created by students

Database assistant for Centuries Database Project, 2012

Contributor to Orbis: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World, 2011

University/Foundation Service

External Review for PLoS ONE, 2017-2018

Proposal Writer for targeted area of inquiry: “Resilient Societies”, The Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 2015 Foundation

Co-Coordinator, for student colloquia Department of Classics, Stanford University, October 2012 - December 2013

Co-coordinator for prospective student visits, Department of Classics, Stanford University, February 2011

Hiring Committee Member Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union, September 2004 - April 2005

Field and Laboratory Experience

Current Projects:

Burgaz Harbours Project, METU University, Stanford University and Brock University , Directors: Numan Tuna, Elizabeth Greene, and Justin Leidwanger; Datça, Turkey, 2013-Present

Zita Project, UCLA and the Institut National du Patrimoine, Directors: Brett Kaufmann and Ali Drine; Zarzis, Tunisia, 2013-Present

Past Projects:

Laboratory Work:

Howard Comfort Summer Program in Roman Pottery, American Academy in Rome, Director: Archer Martin; Rome, Italy, June-July 2011

Lefkandi-Xeropolis Excavations, Oxford University, Director: Irene S. Lemos; Lefkandi, Greece, August-September 2008

Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, September-April 2003

Field Excavation:

Lechaion Harbor and Settlement Land Project, University of California – Long Beach, Director: Paul Scotton, Corinth, Greece

Excavations at Sant’Omobono, Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali of the Comune di Roma, the Università della Calabria and the University of Michigan, Directors: Nicola Terrenato and Paolo Brocato; Rome, Italy, June-July 2012

Excavations at Heraclea Lyncestis, The Balkan Heritage Foundation and the New Bulgarian University , Director: Angela Pencheva; Bitola, Macedonia, July 2011

Athenian Agora Excavations, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Director: John McK. Camp II; Athens, Greece, June-July 2008, 2010

Chousti Cave Excavations, 26th Ephorate of Antiquities, the Society for Kytheran Studies and the Hellenic Education and Research Center, Director: Aris Tsaravopoulos; Diakofti, Kythera, Greece, July 2007

Parks Canada, Archaeological Services, National Parks and Native Sites, Director: Brian Ross; Cornwall, Ontario, Summers 2003 and 2004, 2005 – 2006

Azoria Excavations, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Director: Donald C. Haggis; Kavousi, Crete, Greece, May-July 2005

The Cocoon Site Excavations, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Bermuda Maritime Museum, Director: John Triggs; Warwick Parish, Bermuda, April-May 2005

Port Royal Golf Course Excavations, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Bermuda Maritime Museum, Director: John Triggs; Somerset, Bermuda, February 2005

Panels/Workshops Organized

"Homo Migrans: Modelling Mobility and Migration in Human History,” conference organized at the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology, SUNY-Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Co-organized with Sandra Blakely: “Gods in Our Machines? Critical Approaches to Big Data and Ancient Religion,” AIA Panel presented at the 119th Archaeological Institute of America Annual and Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, January 2018

Co-organized with Sandra Blakely: “God the Anthropologist: Text, Material and Theory in the Study of Ancient Religion,” presented as a joint AIA/SCS panel at the 118th Archaeological Institute of America and Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON January 2017

“Bigger Histories: Indigenous Archaeology and Decolonizing Perspectives in Education,” Symposium organized in conjunction with Indigenous Peoples Day and International Archaeology Day at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, October 2016

Co-organized with Maryl Gensheimer and Sabrina Higgins: “Thinking Outside the Box: Alternative Careers within Academia,” 116th Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting and the Student Affairs Interest Group, New Orleans, LA, January 2015

Co-organized with Thea De Armond, Stanford University: “Interpreting the Deep Past: The Convergence of Material Remains, Myth and Memory,” Theoretical Archaeology Group, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, May 2014

Co-organized with Cherkea Howery and Lynn Meskell, Stanford University: “Empires and Globalization: Archaeology and Its Relation to Local and Global Forces,” year-long workshop series, Stanford Archaeology Center and the Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, September 2011 – June 2012

Conference Presentations

"Migration as a Constant in Human History," Homo Migrans: Modelling Mobility and Migration in Human History, SUNY-Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

“The Gods of Kommos: Reconsidering the Deities of the Tripillar Shrine and their Cross- Cultural Meanings in the Iron Age,” 119th Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

Co-authored with J. Leidwanger, E. S. Greene, and N. Tuna: “By Land and by Sea: Investigating Economic Integration along the Datça Peninsula, Southwest Turkey,” International Association for Research on Pottery of the Hellenistic Period, Kaštela, Croatia

(Forthcoming) Invited paper: co-authored with J. Leidwanger, E. S. Greene, and N. Tuna: “A Finer View of Regional Socio-Political and Economic Change in the Southeast Aegean: Ceramic Production along the Datça Peninsula,” Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC

“To Slay the Slain? (Re)Analyzing a Funerary Scene on an Ivory Plaque form the Sanctuary of Orthia at Sparta,” 118th Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON

Invited paper: “Investigating Religion in the Archaeological Record: The Case of Kommos,” Religion, Ritual, Conflict, and Cooperation: Archaeological and Historical Perspectives, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, April 2016

“Religious Cults and Archaic Emporia: Cross-Cultural Interaction and Religious Change through Naukratis,” France-Stanford Emerging Scholarship Conference, Stanford, CA, January 2016

Invited paper: “Religious Cults and Archaic Emporia: Cross-Cultural Interaction and Religious Change through Naukratis,” 117th Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, January 2016

“Religion, Cultural Evolution, and Axial Age Transitions: Investigating the Queen of Heaven in the Iron Age Mediterranean,” Society for Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2015

“The Queen of Heaven and a Goddess for All the People: Aphrodite and Her Political and Economic Significance in Naukratis,” Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, May 2015.

Invited paper: “The Queen of Heaven in Iron Age Greece: Analyzing Religious Ideology and Symbolism on Multiple Scales,” Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, CA, April 2015

“Cultural Heritage in Tunisia Before and After the Revolution: The Challenges and Opportunities of a Pluralistic Past,” Archaeology Day, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 2015

Co-authored with Kilian Mallon, İlhan Sakarya, Justin Leidwanger, and Elizabeth S. Greene: “Regional Production and Maritime Exchange in the Southeast Aegean: Ceramic Analysis at Burgaz, Turkey,” American Schools of Oriental Research, San Diego, CA, November 2014

Discussant, “Interpreting the Deep Past: The Convergence of Material Remains, Myth and Memory,” Theoretical Archaeology Group, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, May 2014

“Annexing a Shared Past: Roman Appropriations of Hercules-Melqart in the Conquest of Hispania,” Cargo Culture: Literary and Material Appropriative Practices in Rome, Department of Classics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, March 2014

“Systems of Symbolic Power: Hercules-Melqart in the Western Mediterranean,” Scalar Inquiries in Archaeology, Third Annual UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Conference, Los Angeles, California, April 2013

“A Goddess for All the People: The Sanctuary of Aphrodite at Naukratis,” 114th Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, January 2013

“Religion as an Institution and its Place in Economic Growth: A Model from the New Institutional Economics,” Theory in (Ancient) Greek Archaeology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 2012

“Sacred Exchange: The Function of Trade and the Divine in the Growth of Ancient Mediterranean Cities,” Urban Dreams and Realities: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the City in Ancient Cultures, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, October 2011

“A Goddess for All the People: The Temple of Aphrodite at Naukratis,” Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest-Classical Association of the Canadian West Joint Meeting, Seattle, Washington, March 2010

“Mithraism and Christianity: Conflicts and Correlations in the Socio-Religious Spheres of the Roman World,” The Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies Graduate Student Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 2009

“Religious Identity in Roman North Africa: The Evidence from Inscriptions,” Anthropology Graduate Student Conference, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 2008

“The Cultural Legacy of the Greeks in Central Asia,” University of British Columbia Archaeology Day, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 2008

“The Cultural Legacy of the Greeks in Central Asia,” The Canadian Institute in Greece/L’Institut Canadien en Grèce Fourth Biennial Graduate Student Conference, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, October 2007

Invited Talks, Lectures, and Colloquia

(Forthcoming) “The Gods of Kommos: Religion, Commerce, and Cross-Cultural Interaction in the Iron Age Mediterranean,” AIA Niagara Peninsula Chapter, St. Catharines, ON, March 2018

“From East to West and Back Again: The Phoenicians and Ancient Mediterranean History,” NYS Archaeological Society Houghton Chapter, Buffalo, NY, November 2017

“Resurrecting the Dying God in Archaic Greece: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of a Funerary Scene from the Sanctuary of Orthia at Sparta,” Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology, SUNY-Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, October 2017

“The Dying God between East and West: Reanalyzing a Funerary Scene from the Sanctuary of Orthia at Sparta,” Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, September 2017

“The Legacies of the Phoenicians: Tunisia, World Heritage, and Classroom Pedagogies,” The University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, April 2017

(Forthcoming) “Bigger Histories: The Phoenicians and the Formation of the Mediterranean World,” AIA Portland Society, Portland, OR, March 2017

(“The Dying and Rising God: Religion and Power in Sparta,” The University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, November 2016

“Aphrodite in the Iron Age Mediterranean: Long-term History and Cultural Evolution between Greece and the Near East,” Stanford Archaeology Center Lunch Club, Stanford, CA, April 2016

“The Queen of Heaven in Iron Age Greece: Investigating Religion and Ideology in the Eastern Mediterranean,” Campion College, University of Regina, Regina, SK, February 2016

“Experiencing Empire: Thinking About the Roman Provinces,” Lecture for field school students at the Zita Project, Zarzis, Tunisia, August 2014

“Trade, Exchange and Sacred Spaces: Religion and Economy in Archaic Rome,” Presentation to Stanford Archaeology Center Donors, Stanford Archaeology Center, Stanford, CA, November 2012

“Greek Culture in Central Asia in the Hellenistic Period,” Guest speaker for CLST 2230: Alexander and the Hellenistic World, Langara College, Vancouver, British Columbia, January 2010

“The Legacies of Conquest? Greek Culture in Central Asia following the Campaigns of Alexander the Great,” Pharos: Canadian-Hellenic Cultural Society, Vancouver, British Columbia, October 2009

“China’s Tiger-Leaping Gorge,” Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden Society Annual General Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 2009

“Which Past Do We Study? A Brief Historiography of Classical Archaeology,” Member Speaker Series, Green College, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 2009

“Tiger-Leaping Gorge: International Controversy,” (Presenter and Panel Discussant) Emerging Economies Event, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, January 2009

“Listen to Both Sides and You Will Be Enlightened: Traveling, Teaching and Learning in China,” Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 2008

Outreach

Volunteer grant and policy writer, Sound Outreach, Tacoma, WA, 2017

“The Meaning of the Past,” Matters of the Mind Symposium, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, June 2013

Pianist and Translator, Stanford Classics in Theater (SCIT), Stanford University, Spring 2011, 2012, 2013

“The Athenian Agora: Archaeology and History,” Father Leo J. Austin Catholic Secondary School, December 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Volunteer, The Big Dig, Stanford University, Fall 2010, Spring 2011

Volunteer, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia, January 2008 – September 2009

Volunteer, Camp Kitchikewana, Parks Canada, Archaeological Services, National Parks and Native Sites, Director: Brian Ross, Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Ontario, September 2005

Related Skills

Languages

Professional Affiliations

Archaeological Institute of America (2007- ); Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions (2014- ); Society for American Archaeology (2014- ); California Classical Association (2015- ); Classical Association of Canada (2015- ); Society for Classical Studies (2016-)

References

Dr. Franco De Angelis
Associate Professor of Greek History and Archaeology
Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, University of British Columbia
angelis@ubc.ca

Dr. Ian Morris
Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics, Professor of History
Department of Classics, Stanford University
imorris@stanford.edu

Dr. Richard P. Martin
Antony and Isabelle Raubitschek Professor in Classics
Department of Classics, Stanford University
rpmartin@stanford.edu

Dr. Josiah Ober
Professor of Classics, Professor and Chair of Political Science
Department of Classics, Department of Political Science, Stanford University
jober@stanford.edu

Dr. Justin Leidwanger
Assistant Professor
Department of Classics, Stanford University
jleidwa@stanford.edu

Dr. Eric Orlin
Professor of Classics
Department of Classics, University of Puget Sound
eorlin@pugetsound.edu