Meredith Chesson is an anthropological archaeologist, focusing on everyday life in early walled towns in the southern Levant (Israel, Palestine, and Jordan) during the Early Bronze Age (EBA, third millennium BCE). Chesson has directed or participated in archaeological projects in Jordan, Canada, United States, Cyprus, Israel, Ireland, and Italy. Her edited volume Social Memory, Identity and Death (2001) presents ethnographic and archaeological studies of cultural memory and mortuary practices, and her edited volume Daily Life, Materiality and Complexity in Early Urban Communities of the Southern Levant: Papers in Honor of Walter E. Rast and R. Thomas Schaub (2011) offers case studies of early life in EBA towns and cities. She also has published in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Levant, Paleorient, Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, and in several edited books. She currently works as publication co-editor on final reports of the Expedition to the Dead Sea Plain's excavations at Bab adh-Dhra`, Fifa, Numayra, and Khirbet Khanazir, and is co-director with Dr. Morag Kersel (DePaul University) of the Wenner-Gren funded Follow the Pots project, which studies the effects of looting and illegal antiquities markets associated with EBA cemeteries on the southeastern Dead Sea Plain. She recently expanded her research to Italy with the Bova Marina Archaeological Project, co-directing with John Robb, Lin Foxhall, and David Yoon (Bova Marina Archaeological Project).
Select Courses: The Archaeology of Death (undergraduate and graduate level), Anthropology of Everyday Life (undergraduate and graduate level), Gender and Archaeology (undergraduate and graduate level)