|| Richard H. Meadow ||
Dr. Meadow is Director of the Zooarchaeology Laboratory at the Peabody Museum, Harvard University, Senior-Lecturer on Anthropology at Harvard, and Project Director of HARP, the Harappa Archaeological Research Project. He has been excavating at sites in Pakistan since 1974, first at the Harappan and early Harappan period site of Balakot near Karachi, then at the neolithic and Chalcolithic site of Mehrgarh near Sibi in Baluchistan, and most recently at Harappa.
Dr. Meadow's technical specialty is the study of the remains of animals found in archaeological sites (Zooarchaeology). His main research interests include the domestication and exploitation of animals during the pre- and protohistoric periods in the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, the development of the Indus Civilization, and the provisioning of ancient urban settlements. He holds the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. He was a member of the team which discovered the famous Iranian site of Tepe Yahya in 1967 and helped to excavate that site until 1975 under the direction of Prof. C.C. Lamberg-Karlovsky. He excavated with the late Prof. George F. Dales at the coastal village site of Balakot in the mid-1970s, which is where he met and began working with Dr. J. Mark Kenoyer. In addition to his involvement with HARP, Dr. Meadow continues his association with the excavations at the famous site of Mehrgarh in Baluchistan under the direction of Dr. Jean-Francois Jarrige. He has also worked with field teams in the western United States, Iran, Oman, Thailand and Turkey. Dr. Meadow has authored and edited over 70 papers and books, including Harappa Excavations 1986-1990: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Third Millenium Urbanism.