Bio


Lynn Meskell is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University, former Director of the Stanford Archaeology Center, and Honorary Professor in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Over the past twenty years she has been awarded grants and fellowships including those from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Australian Research Council, the American Academy in Rome, the School of American Research, Oxford University and Cambridge University. She is the founding editor of the Journal of Social Archaeology. Lynn has broad theoretical interests including socio-politics, archaeological ethics, global heritage, materiality, as well as feminist and postcolonial theory. Lynn’s earlier research examined natural and cultural heritage in South Africa, the archaeology of figurines and burial in Neolithic Turkey and social life in New Kingdom Egypt.

Recently she conducted an institutional ethnography of UNESCO World Heritage, tracing the politics of governance and sovereignty and the subsequent implications for multilateral diplomacy, international conservation, and heritage rights. Employing archival and ethnographic analysis, her new book A Future in Ruins: UNESCO, World Heritage, and the Dream of Peace (2018, OUP New York), reveals UNESCO’s early forays into a one-world archaeology and its later commitments to global heritage. Some other recent books and edited collections include The Nature of Culture: The New South Africa (2011, Blackwells) and Global Heritage: A Reader (2015, Blackwells). Her new fieldwork explores monumental regimes of research and preservation around World Heritage sites in India and how diverse actors and agencies address the needs of living communities. Given the sheer scale and complexity of archaeological heritage in India, no nation presents a more fraught and compelling array of challenges to preserving its past.

Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments


  • Director, Stanford Archaeology Center (2010 - 2016)
  • Senior Research Visitor, Keeble College, Oxford University (2015 - 2015)
  • Senior Scholar in Residence, American Academy in Rome (2015 - 2015)
  • Thinker in Residence, Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Deakin University (2014 - 2014)
  • Visiting Fellow, New College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK (2009 - 2009)
  • Professor, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University (2005 - Present)
  • Professor, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University (2005 - 2005)
  • Honorary Professor, University of the Witwatersrand (2004 - Present)
  • Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University (2004 - 2005)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University (2001 - 2004)
  • Visiting Fellow, New College, Oxford (2001 - 2001)
  • Visiting Fellow, New College, Oxford (2000 - 2000)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University (1999 - 2001)
  • Harold Salvesen Research Fellowship, New College, Oxford University (1997 - 1999)
  • Research Assistant, Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, Sydney University (1993 - 1994)
  • Administrative Assistant, Research Office, Sydney University (1994 - 1994)

Honors & Awards


  • Patty Jo Watson Distinguished Lecture, American Anthropology Association (2019)
  • Mercator Fellowship, Stiftung Mercator, Germany (declined) (2018)
  • Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney, Australia (2018)
  • Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities (2017)
  • Honorary Doctorate, American University of Rome, Italy (2017)
  • Visiting Fellow, New College, Oxford University, UK (2017)
  • Willem Willems Chair,, Leiden University, Netherlands (2016-2017, declined) (2016-2017)
  • GIAN Fellow, Global Initiative on Academic Network, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (2016)
  • Visiting Professor, Pantheon Sorbonne, Paris, France (2016)
  • New Directions Fellowship Extension, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2008)
  • Faculty Fellow, Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS), Stanford. (2017)
  • Faculty Research Fellow, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford (2008-2009)
  • New Directions Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2004-2007)
  • Research Fellow, National Research Foundation, South Africa (2002)
  • Summer Fellowship, Columbia Arts and Sciences (2001)
  • Summer Fellowship, Columbia Arts and Sciences (2000)
  • Harold Salvesen Research Fellowship, New College, Oxford University (1997-2000)
  • The King's College Scholarship, University of Cambridge (1994)
  • Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and Overseas Research Scholarships, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust (1994)
  • The University Medal, University of Sydney (1994)
  • Dani Petocz Memorial Prize for Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Sydney (1993)
  • Cypriot Archaeology Award, University of Sydney (1993)
  • J.R.B. Stewart Memorial Award for Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Sydney (1992)
  • Cypriot Archaeology Award, University of Sydney (1992)
  • University Book Prize, University of Sydney (1992)
  • Outstanding Titles for the year for Companion to Social Archaeology, Choice Magazine (2004)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Director, Stanford Archaeology Center (2010 - Present)
  • Founding and Managing Editor, Journal of Social Archaeology (1999 - Present)
  • Committee Chair, Collections Manager Search, Stanford Archaeology Center (2013 - 2014)
  • Member, Professorial Promotion Committee, Anthropology, Stanford University (2013 - 2013)
  • Undergraduate Research Advisory Panel Member (UAR), Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Academic Mentor for Junior Faculty, Anthropology Department, Stanford University (2012 - Present)
  • Advisory Committee Member, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford University (2012 - Present)
  • Advisory Committee Member, Stanford in Istanbul, (VPUE), Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Academic Advisory Board, Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Organizer, Stanford South Africa Heritage Exchange, Stanford University (2006 - Present)
  • Organizer, SHE working group (Stanford Heritage Ethics), Archaeology Center, Stanford University (2012 - Present)
  • Affiliated Faculty, E-IPER Program, Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Affiliated Faculty Member, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University (2008 - Present)
  • Member, Writing in the Major, Archaeology Program, Stanford University (2010 - Present)
  • Member, Committee for Graduate Studies, Anthropology, Stanford University (2012 - 2013)
  • Woods Institute Environmental Venture Projects (EVP) Research Selection Committee Member, Stanford University (2011 - 2013)
  • Head of Anthropology Search Committee, Zooarchaeology position, Stanford University (2011 - 2012)
  • Member, Faculty Fellowship Committee, Stanford Humanities Center (2011 - 2012)
  • Member, Admissions Committee, Anthropology Department, Stanford University (2011 - 2012)
  • Selected Participant, Voice and Influence Program, Clayman Institute, Stanford University (2011 - 2012)
  • Faculty Advisory Committee member, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford University (2011 - 2012)
  • Member, Centre for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University (2007 - 2012)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford University (2010 - 2011)
  • Reviewer, Humanities Center Fellowships, Stanford University (2008 - 2012)
  • Steering Committee Member, Center for African Studies, Stanford University (2008 - 2011)
  • Member, Search Committee Indigenous Studies, Anthropology Department, Stanford University (2008 - 2009)
  • Member, Admissions Committee, Anthropology Department, Stanford University (2008 - 2009)
  • Member, Reappointment Committee, Anthropology Department, Stanford University (2008 - 2009)
  • Member, C-Res Committee, Stanford University (2008 - 2009)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University (2006 - 2009)
  • Member, Search Committee, Anthropology Department, Stanford University (2007 - 2008)
  • Placement, Anthropology Department, Stanford University (2007 - 2008)
  • Preparation of Master of Arts in Heritage Ethics, Heritage Ethics, Stanford University (2007 - 2008)
  • Research Committee Member, Archaeology Center, Stanford University (2006 - 2008)
  • Finance Committee Member, Archaeology Center, Stanford University (2006 - 2008)
  • Faculty Advisory Board Member, Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Reserach, Stanford University (2006 - 2008)
  • Member, Steering Committee, Center for African Studies, Stanford University (2007 - 2008)
  • Faculty Advisor, VPUE Çatalhöyük Project, Stanford University (2007 - 2008)
  • Writing in the Major, Archaeology Program, Stanford University (2007 - 2008)
  • Mentoring visiting scholars, Stanford University (2006 - 2008)
  • Committee Member for Higher Degrees, Community Academic Support and Advising, Stanford University (2005 - 2007)
  • Member, Steering Committee, Anthropology Department, Stanford University (2006 - 2007)
  • Member, Tenure committee, Community Academic Support and Advising, Stanford University (2006 - 2007)
  • MA cohort advisor, Community Academic Support and Advising, Stanford University (2006 - 2007)
  • Member, MA Committee, African Studies, Stanford University (2006 - 2007)
  • Member, Job Search Committee for Administrator, Archaeology Center, Stanford University (2006 - 2007)
  • Member, Job Search Committee for Collections Manager, Archaeology Center, Stanford University (2006 - 2007)
  • Member, Steering Committee, Center for African Studies, Stanford University (2006 - 2007)
  • Senior thesis examiner, Department of Classics, Stanford University (2006 - 2007)
  • Member of the Kamehameha Schools & Indigenous Leadership in Resource Management Program, Stanford University (2005 - 2007)
  • Member, Centre for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University (2005 - 2007)
  • Library Liaison, Community Academic Support and Advising, Stanford University (2005 - 2006)
  • Chair of 3rd year Faculty Review Committee, Community Academic Support and Advising, Stanford University (2005 - 2006)
  • Member, Admissions Committee, Community Academic Support and Advising, Stanford University (2005 - 2006)
  • Member, Centre for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University (2005 - 2006)
  • Member, Centre for African Studies, Stanford University (2005 - 2006)
  • Associate Director, Columbia Centre for Archaeology, Columbia University (2000 - 2004)
  • Member, 3rd year faculty review committee, Barnard College (2004 - 2004)
  • Chair, job search, Visiting Assistant Professor for Archaeology, Columbia University (2004 - 2004)
  • PhD Thesis examiner, Anthropology Department, Columbia University (2004 - 2004)
  • Member, Steering Committee for Centre for the Ancient Mediterranean, Columbia University (2000 - 2004)
  • Advisor, Art History and Archaeology Media Centre, Columbia University (2000 - 2004)
  • Member, Institute of African Studies, Columbia University (2000 - 2004)
  • Field Director, Columbia Excavations at Amheida, Egypt, Columbia University (2000 - 2003)
  • MA Examiner, Department of Historic Preservation, Columbia University (2003 - 2003)
  • Faculty Representative for Graduate Students, Columbia University (2001 - 2002)
  • Chair, Search Committee for Assistant Director, Archaeological excavations, Amheida (2000 - 2000)
  • Member, Search Committee for Anthropology position, Barnard College (2000 - 2000)
  • PhD Thesis examiner, Art History and Archaeology Department, Columbia University (2000 - 2000)
  • Teaching for the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University (2000 - 2000)
  • Member, Planning Committee for Archaeology, Columbia University (1999 - 1999)
  • Member, Search Committee, European anthropology, Columbia University (1999 - 1999)
  • Member, Search Committee, Near Eastern position in Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University (1999 - 1999)
  • Member, Search Committee, Bronze Age Aegean position in Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University (1999 - 1999)
  • Promotion Reviewer, Institute of Archaeology, University College London (2013 - 2013)
  • Advisor, Cultural Patrimony Law, Ministry of Culture, Peru (2013 - 2014)
  • Editorial Board Member, American Anthropologist (2008 - 2012)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies
  • Editorial Board Member, Archaeologies, Journal of the World Archaeology Congress (2005 - 2014)
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Cultural Property (2006 - 2012)
  • Editorial Board Member, Cultural Histories of the Material World, Harvard University Press
  • Editorial Board Member, World Art Journal (2010 - 2013)
  • Editorial Board Member, Current Swedish Archaeology
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development
  • Editorial Board Member, Arqueologia Pública Journal
  • Editorial Board Member, World Archaeology Congress Handbook on Postcolonialism
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Open Archaeology Journal
  • Reviewer, International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program (IDRF), Social Science Research Council (2002 - 2002)
  • Reviewer, International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program (IDRF), Social Science Research Council (2006 - 2006)
  • Reviewer, International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program (IDRF), Social Science Research Council (2007 - 2007)
  • Reviewer, International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program (IDRF), Social Science Research Council (2012 - 2012)
  • Reviewer, National Research Foundation, South Africa (2002 - 2005)
  • Promotion Reviewer, African Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa (2002 - 2002)
  • Promotion Reviewer, African Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa (2004 - 2004)
  • Promotion Reviewer, African Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa (2009 - 2009)
  • Journal Referee, Antiquity
  • Journal Referee, Body and Society
  • Journal Referee, Cambridge Archaeological Journal
  • Journal Referee, Gender and History
  • Journal Referee, Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory
  • Journal Referee, American Anthropologist
  • Journal Referee, American Ethnologist
  • Journal Referee, American Journal of Archaeology
  • Journal Referee, Expedition
  • Journal Referee, Current Anthropology
  • Journal Referee, International Journal of Heritage Studies
  • Invited Manuscript Reviewer, Routledge
  • Invited Manuscript Reviewer, Blackwell Publishers
  • Invited Manuscript Reviewer, Princeton University Press
  • Invited Manuscript Reviewer, Thames & Hudson
  • Invited Manuscript Reviewer, Sage Publications
  • Invited Manuscript Reviewer, Cambridge University Press
  • Invited Manuscript Reviewer, Oxford University Press
  • Invited Manuscript Reviewer, Altamira Press
  • International Reviewer, Doctoral Fellowships Research School of Asian, African, and Amerindian Studies Leiden University (2007 - 2007)
  • Nominator and Reviewer, MacArthur Foundation
  • Invited Reviewer, National Humanities Centre
  • Invited Reviewer, National Science Foundation
  • Invited Reviewer, National Geographic
  • Invited Reviewer, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Invited Reviewer, Social Science Research Council
  • Invited Reviewer, Wenner-Gren Foundation
  • Invited Reviewer, National Endowment for the Humanities Panel on Museums and Education
  • Invited Reviewer, Making Archaeology Teaching Relevant for Archaeological Ethics and Law
  • Member, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

Program Affiliations


  • Modern Thought and Literature

Professional Education


  • Diploma, Queensland University of Technology, Art, History and English (1987)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Sydney, Archaeology (1994)
  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge, Archaeology (1997)

2018-19 Courses


Stanford Advisees


  • Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
    Marguerite De Loney, Dillon Gisch, Justine Issavi, Camilla Mazzucato, Luis Armando Muro, Laura Ng
  • Postdoctoral Faculty Sponsor
    Elisabeth Niklasson
  • Doctoral Dissertation Advisor (AC)
    Grace Eliana Alexandrino Ocaña, Paul Christians, Sabrina Papazian, Dana Phelps
  • Doctoral (Program)
    Grace Eliana Alexandrino Ocaña, Miray Cakiroglu, Sabrina Papazian, Dana Phelps, Jasmine Reid

All Publications


  • One world, two missions UNESCO World Heritage in the making Meskell, L., Ray, H. P. ROUTLEDGE. 2019: 33–60
  • A Future in Ruins: UNESCO, World Heritage, and the Dream of Peace (Book Review) NATURE Book Review Authored by: Robinson, A. 2018; 559 (7712): 29–30

    View details for DOI 10.1038/d41586-018-05602-2

    View details for Web of Science ID 000437267400025

    View details for PubMedID 29967384

  • One World, Two Missions: UNESCO World Heritage in the Making Decolonizing Heritage in South Asia: The Global, the National and the Transnational. Meskell, L. Routledge. 2018
  • Shifting the balance of power in the UNESCO World Heritage Committee: an empirical assessment INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CULTURAL POLICY Bertacchini, E., Liuzza, C., Meskell, L. 2017; 23 (3): 331-351
  • The politicization of UNESCO World Heritage decision making PUBLIC CHOICE Bertacchini, E., Liuzza, C., Meskell, L., Saccone, D. 2016; 167 (1-2): 95-129
  • World Heritage and WikiLeaks CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY Meskell, L. 2016; 57 (1): 72-84

    View details for DOI 10.1086/684643

    View details for Web of Science ID 000370737900007

  • Isotopes and Images: Fleshing out Bodies at Catalhoyuk JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL METHOD AND THEORY Pearson, J., Meskell, L. 2015; 22 (2): 461-482
  • Multilateralism and UNESCO World Heritage: decision-making, States Parties and political processes INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HERITAGE STUDIES Meskell, L., Liuzza, C., Bertacchini, E., Saccone, D. 2015; 21 (5): 423-440
  • Gridlock: UNESCO, global conflict and failed ambitions WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY Meskell, L. 2015; 47 (2): 225-238
  • A society of things: animal figurines and material scales at Neolithic catalhoyuk WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY Meskell, L. 2015; 47 (1): 6-19
  • Substances: 'Following the Material' through two prehistoric cases JOURNAL OF MATERIAL CULTURE Weismantel, M., Meskell, L. 2014; 19 (3): 233-251
  • States of Conservation: Protection, Politics, and Pacting within UNESCO's World Heritage Committee ANTHROPOLOGICAL QUARTERLY Meskell, L. 2014; 87 (1): 217-243
  • Substances: ‘Following the material’ through two prehistoric cases Journal of Material Culture Meskell, L., Weismantel, M. 2014; 19 (3): 233-251
  • Biographical Bodies: Flesh and Food at Çatalhöyük Early Farmers Meskell, L., Pearson, J. edited by Whittle, A. British Academy: London. 2014: 233–250
  • The Journal of Social Archaeology The Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology Meskell, L. edited by Preucel, R., Gnecco, C. Springer, New York. 2014: 4288–4230
  • The Right to World Heritage Indian World Heritage Sites in Context Meskell, L. edited by Ray, H. P., Kumar, M. NMA – Aryan Books International, New Delhii. 2014
  • UNESCO's World Heritage Convention at 40 Challenging the Economic and Political Order of International Heritage Conservation CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY Meskell, L. 2013; 54 (4): 483-494

    View details for DOI 10.1086/671136

    View details for Web of Science ID 000321700900004

  • Figurine Worlds at Çatalhöyük Substantive Technologies at Çatalhöyük: Reports from the 2000–2008 Seasons Nakamura, C., Meskell, L. edited by Hodder, I. Cotsen Institute. UCLA. 2013: 201–234
  • Isotopes and Images: Fleshing out Bodies at Çatalhöyük Journal of Archaeological Theory and Method Pearson, J., Meskell, L. 2013; 30 (3): 1-22
  • Dirty, pretty things Cultural Histories of the Material World Meskell, L. edited by Miller, P. N. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor. 2013: 92–107
  • UNESCO and the Fate of the World Heritage Indigenous Peoples Council of Experts (WHIPCOE) International Journal of Cultural Property Meskell, L. 2013; 20 (4): 483-494
  • The Çatalhöyük Burial Assemblage Humans and Landscapes: Reports from the 2000–2008 Seasons Nakamura, C., Meskell, L., Hodder, I. Cotsen Institute. UCLA. 2013: 441–466
  • Sites of violence: terrorism, tourism and heritage in the archaeological present Etnograficheskoe obozrenie (Ethnographic Review, in Russian) Meskell, L. 2013; 1: 69-88
  • A Thoroughly Modern Park: Mapungubwe, UNESCO and Indigenous Heritage Reclaiming Archaeology: Beyond the Tropes of Modernity Meskell, L. edited by Gonzalez-Ruibal, A. Routledge: London. 2013
  • Animality, Masculinity, and Phallic Culture in the Anatolian Neolithic Festschrift for John Baines Meskell, L. edited by Parkinson, R., Frood, E. BM Press: London. 2013: 250–257
  • Animal Figurines from Neolithic Catalhoyuk: Figural and Faunal Perspectives CAMBRIDGE ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNAL Martin, L., Meskell, L. 2012; 22 (3): 401-419
  • The rush to inscribe: Reflections on the 35th Session of the World Heritage Committee, UNESCO Paris, 2011 JOURNAL OF FIELD ARCHAEOLOGY Meskell, L. 2012; 37 (2): 145-151
  • Symbolism, Feasting, and Power at Catalhoyuk A Response to Sutliff and to Hayden CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY Hodder, I., Meskell, L. 2012; 53 (1): 128-129

    View details for DOI 10.1086/663329

    View details for Web of Science ID 000300400600009

  • The social life of heritage Archaeological Theory Today Meskell, L. edited by Hodder, I. Polity: Cambridge. 2012: 229–250
  • The Nature of Heritage: The New South Africa Meskell, L. Blackwell: Oxford. 2012
  • Figurine Worlds at Çatalhöyük: Materiality, Mobility and Process Cultural Relics in Southern China Meskell, L. 2012; 3: 21-24
  • Archaeological Ethnography: Materiality, Heritage and Hybrid Methodologies Archaeology and Anthropology: Past, Present and Future Meskell, L. edited by Shankland, D. Berg: Oxford. 2012
  • Interview with Michael Shanks and Christopher Witmore Archaeology in the Making: Conversations through a Discipline Meskell, L. edited by Rathje, W., Shanks, M., Witmore, C. Routledge: London. 2012
  • FROM PARIS TO PONTDRIFT: UNESCO MEETINGS, MAPUNGUBWE AND MINING SOUTH AFRICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL BULLETIN Meskell, L. 2011; 66 (194): 149-156
  • Untitled JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ARCHAEOLOGY Meskell, L. 2011; 11 (2): 127-129
  • A "Curious and Sometimes a Trifle Macabre Artistry" Some Aspects of Symbolism in Neolithic Turkey CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY Hodder, I., Meskell, L. 2011; 52 (2): 235-263

    View details for DOI 10.1086/659250

    View details for Web of Science ID 000289867800005

  • Interview with Lynn Meskell by Douglass W. Bailey Studii de Preistorie Meskell, L. 2011; 8: 7-13
  • Editorial for the 10 year anniversary Journal of Social Archaeology Meskell, L. 2011; 11 (2): 127-129
  • Human Rights and Heritage Ethics ANTHROPOLOGICAL QUARTERLY Meskell, L. 2010; 83 (4): 839-859
  • An Anthropology of Absence: Commentary Seminar on Presence of Absence: Materiality and Beyond Meskell, L. SPRINGER. 2010: 207–213
  • Conflict Heritage and Expert Failure Heritage and Globalisation Meskell, L. edited by Labadi, S., Long, C. Routledge: London. 2010: 192–201
  • Heritage Ethics and Human Rights Anthropological Quarterly Meskell, L. 2010; 83 (4): 839-860
  • Ethnographic interventions Handbook of Postcolonial Archaeology Meskell, L. edited by Lydon, J., Rizvi, U. Left Coast Press: Walnut Creek,. 2010: 431–444
  • Commentary An Anthropology of Absence: Materialisations of Transcendence and Loss Meskell, L. edited by Bille, M., Hastrup, K., Sørenson, T. F. Springer: New York. 2010
  • The symbolism of Çatalhöyük in its regional context Religion and the Emergence of Civilization Hodder, I., Meskell, L. edited by Hodder, I. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. 2010: 32–72
  • Changing theoretical perspectives in Americanist Archaeology Voices in American Archaeology Pauketat, T., Meskell, L. edited by Ashmore, W., Mills, B., Lippert, D. Society for American Archaeology. 2010
  • Articulate Bodies: Forms and Figures at Catalhoyuk JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL METHOD AND THEORY Nakamura, C., Meskell, L. 2009; 16 (3): 205-230
  • New knowledge and the university FORUM RESPONDENTS ANTHROPOLOGY SOUTHERN AFRICA Meskell, L. 2009; 32 (1-2): 77-78
  • Cosmopolitan archaeologies Postcolonial Perspectives in Archaeology Meskell, L. edited by Bikoulis, P., LaCroix, D., Peuramaki-Brown, M. University of Calgary: Calgary. 2009
  • Articulate bodies: forms and figures at Çatalhöyük Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory Nakamura, C., Meskell, L. 2009: 205–230
  • Producing Conservation and Community Ethics, Place and Environment Masuku van Damme, L. S., Meskell, L. 2009; 12 (1): 69-89
  • Cosmopolitan Archaeologies edited by Meskell, L. Duke University Press. 2009
  • Talking of human rights: histories, heritages and human remains Reviews in Anthropology Meskell, L. 2009; 38 (4): 308-326
  • Contextualizing People of the Eland Rock Art of the Drakensburg Meskell, L. edited by Smith, B. W., Mortensen, L. Witwatersrand University Press: Johannesburg,. 2009: 26–40
  • Cosmopolitan heritage ethics Cosmopolitan Archaeologies Meskell, L. edited by Meskell, L. Duke University Press: Durham. 2009: 1–27
  • Cosmopolitan Heritages and the Politics of Protection Archaeologies and Ethnographies: Iterations of ‘Heritage’ and the Archaeological Past Meskell, L. edited by Hollowell, J., Mortensen, L. University of Florida Press, Gainesville. 2009: 21–29
  • The nature of culture in Kruger National Park Cosmopolitan Archaeologies Meskell, L. edited by Meskell, L. Duke University Press: Durham. 2009: 89–112
  • Heritage as therapy - Set pieces from the new South Africa JOURNAL OF MATERIAL CULTURE Meskell, L., Scheermeyer, C. 2008; 13 (2): 153-173
  • Figured lifeworlds and depositional practices at Catalhoyuk CAMBRIDGE ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNAL Meskell, L., Nakamura, C., King, R., Farid, S. 2008; 18 (2): 139-161
  • Memory Work and Material Practices Memory Work: The Materiality of Depositional Practice Meskell, L. edited by Mills, B. J., Walker, W. SAR Press: Santa Fe. 2008: 233–243
  • The nature of the beast: curating animals and ancestors at Catalhoyuk WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY Meskell, L. 2008; 40 (3): 373-389
  • Cultural return, restitution and the limits of possibility Kennewick Man: Perspectives on The Ancient One Meskell, L. edited by Burke, H., Lippert, D., Smith, C., Watkins, J., Zimmerman, L. Leftcoast Press: Walnut Creek. 2008: 229–232
  • Comment on Alfredo González-Ruibal, An archaeology of Supermodernity Current Anthropology Meskell, L. 2008; 49 (2): 267-8
  • Falling walls and mending fences: Archaeological ethnography in the Limpopo JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN AFRICAN STUDIES Meskell, L. 2007; 33 (2): 383-400
  • Heritage ethics and descendent communities The Collaborative Continuum: Archaeological Engagements with Descendent Communities Masaku van Damme, L. S., Meskell, L. edited by Colwell-Chanthaphonh, C., Ferguson, T. J. Altamira Press, Thousand Oaks. 2007: 131–150
  • Refiguring the corpus at Çatalhöyük Material Beginnings: A Global Prehistory of Figurative Representation Meskell, L. edited by Renfrew, C., Morley, I. McDonald Institute Monographs, Cambridge,. 2007: 143–156
  • Living in the past: historic futures in double time Desire Lines: Space Memory and Identity in the Postapartheid City Meskell, L. edited by Shepherd, N., Hall, M., Murray, N. Routledge: London. 2007: 165–180
  • Heritage ethics for a present imperfect Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeology Congress Meskell, L. 2007; 3 (3): 441-445
  • Back to the future Negotiating the Past in the Past: Identity, Memory, and Landscape in Archaeological Theory Meskell, L. edited by Yoffee, N. Arizona University Press: Tucson. 2007: 215–226
  • Deep past, divided present: South Africa's heritage at the frontier 24th Annual Conference of the Western-Humanities-Alliance Meskell, L. UNIV UTAH DEPT ENGLISH. 2006: 101–16
  • Coetzee on South Africa's past: Remembering in the time of forgetting AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST Meskell, L., Weiss, L. 2006; 108 (1): 88-99
  • Trauma culture: remembering and forgetting in South Africa Memory, Trauma, and World Politics: Reflections on a Relationship Between Past and Present Meskell, L. edited by Bell, D. Palgrave McMillan: New York. 2006: 157–174
  • The figurines Çatalhöyük: From Earth to Eternity Meskell, L., Nakamura, C. edited by Haydaroglu, M. Yapi Kredi: Istanbul. 2006
  • History, theory and politics: situating Trigger’s contribution to social archaeology The Archaeology of Bruce Trigger: Theoretical Empiricism Meskell, L. edited by Williamson, R., Bisson, M. McGill-Queen University Press: Montreal. 2006: 52–60
  • Comment on Cynthia Robin, Gender, farming, and long-term change Current Anthropology Meskell, L. 2006; 47: 424-5
  • Recognition, restitution and the potentials of postcolonial liberalism for South African heritage SOUTH AFRICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL BULLETIN Meskell, L. 2005; 60 (182): 72-78
  • Archaeological ethnography: conversations outside the Kruger Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeology Congress Meskell, L. 2005; 1 (1): 83-102
  • Social archaeology Archaeology: The Key Concepts Meskell, L. edited by Renfrew , C., Bahn, P. Routledge: London. 2005: 235–240
  • Sites of violence: terrorism, tourism and heritage in the archaeological present Embedding Ethics Meskell, L. edited by Meskell, L. M., Pels, P. Berg: Oxford. 2005: 123–146
  • Archaeologies of Materiality edited by Meskell, L. Blackwell: Oxford. 2005
  • Embedding Ethics edited by Meskell, L., Pels, P. Berg: Oxford. 2005
  • Object orientations Archaeologies of Materiality Meskell, L. edited by Meskell, L. Blackwell: Oxford. 2005: 1–17
  • Divine things Rethinking Materiality Meskell, L. edited by Renfrew , C., Gosden, C., DeMarrais, L. McDonald Institute for Archaeology: Cambridge. 2005
  • Objects in the mirror appear closer than they are Materiality Meskell, L. edited by Miller, D. Duke University Press: Durham. 2005: 51–71
  • Naturalising gender in prehistory Complexities: Beyond Nature and Nurture Meskell, L. edited by McKinnon, S., Silverman, S. University of Chicago Press: Chicago. 2005: 157–175
  • The languages of archaeology: Dialogue, narrative, and writing. (Book Review) AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST Book Review Authored by: Meskell, L. 2004; 106 (4): 766-766
  • Politics Companion to Social Archaeology Meskell, L., Preucel, R. W. edited by Meskell, L., Preucel, R. W. Blackwell: Oxford. 2004: 315–334
  • Object Worlds in Ancient Egypt: Material Biographies Past and Present Meskell, L. Berg: Oxford. 2004
  • Companion to Social Archaeology edited by Meskell, L., Preucel, B. Blackwell: Oxford. 2004
  • Figurines and miniature clay objects Archive Report on the Catalhöyük Season 2004 Meskell, L., Nakamura, C. 2004
  • Places Companion to Social Archaeology Meskell, L., Preucel, R. W. edited by Meskell, L., Preucel, R. W. Blackwell: Oxford. 2004: 215–229
  • Knowledges Companion to Social Archaeology Preucel, R. W., Meskell, L. edited by Preucel, R. W., Meskell, L. Blackwell: Oxford. 2004: 3–22
  • Identities Companion to Social Archaeology Meskell, L., Preucel, R. W. edited by Meskell, L., Preucel, R. W. Blackwell: Oxford. 2004: 121–141
  • Memory’s materiality: ancestral presence, commemorative practice and disjunctive locales Archaeologies of Memory Meskell, L. edited by Alcock, S., van Dyke, R. Blackwell: Oxford. 2003: 34–55
  • Embodied Lives: Figuring Ancient Maya and Egyptian Experience Joyce, R., Meskell, L. Routledge: London. 2003
  • Feminist theory and feminist anthropology: what conversations could or should we be having? Statement for the Association for Feminist Anthropology American Anthropological Association Newsletter Meskell, L. 2003
  • Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt Meskell, L. History Book Club. 2003
  • Feminist archaeologies of identity and difference VOICES: Journal for the Association for Feminist Anthropology Meskell, L. 2003; 5: 13-14
  • Pharaonic legacies: postcolonialism, heritage and hyperreality The Politics of Archaeology and Identity in a Global Context Meskell, L. edited by Kane, S. AIA Monographs/Cotsen Institute: Los Angeles. 2003: 149–171
  • Negative heritage and past mastering in archaeology ANTHROPOLOGICAL QUARTERLY Meskell, L. 2002; 75 (3): 557-574
  • Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt Meskell, L. Princeton University Press: Princeton. 2002
  • The intersections of politics and identity Annual Review of Anthropology Meskell, L. 2002; 31: 279-301
  • Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt Meskell, L. Paris, in association with the Louvre Museum. 2002
  • Archaeologies of identity Archaeological Theory Today Meskell, L. edited by Hodder, I. Polity: Cambridge. 2001
  • Editorial statement Journal of Social Archaeology Meskell, L. 2001; 1 (1): 5-12
  • The Egyptian ways of death Social Memory, Identity and Death: Intradisciplinary Perspectives on Mortuary Rituals Meskell, L. edited by Chesson, M. American Anthropological Association: Washington. 2001: 27–40
  • From social to cognitive archaeology: an interview with Colin Renfrew Journal of Social Archaeology Meskell, L. 2001; 1 (1): 13-34
  • The practice and politics of archaeology in Egypt Ethics and Anthropology: Facing Future Issues in Human Biology, Globalism, and Cultural Property Meskell, L. edited by Cantwell, A. M., Freidlander, E., Tram, M. L. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences: New York. 2001: 146–9
  • Review of Marija Gimbutas, The Living Goddesses Cambridge Archaeological Journal Meskell, L. 2000; 10 (2): 360-362
  • Spatial analysis of the Deir el Medina Necropoleis Deir el Medina in the Third Millennium AD Meskell, L. edited by Demarée, D. J., Egberts, A. Egyptologische Uitgaven 14; Leiden, Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten. 2000
  • Comment on Emotion in Archaeology Current Anthropology Meskell, L. 2000; 41 (5): 737
  • Feminism in archaeology The Routledge Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories Meskell, L. edited by Code, L. Routledge: London. 2000: 35–6
  • Cycles of life: narrative homology and archaeological realities World Archaeology: Lifecycles Meskell, L. 2000; 31 (3): 423-441
  • Embodying archaeology: Theory and praxis BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PAPYROLOGISTS Meskell, L. 2000; 37 (1-4): 171-192
  • Reprint of excerpts from Goddesses, Gimbutas and New Age archaeology Taking Sides: Anthropology Meskell, L. McGraw Hill. 2000: 146–156
  • Re-embedding sex: domesticity, sexuality and ritual in New Kingdom Egypt Archaeologies of Sexuality Schmidt, R., Voss, B., Meskell, L. 2000: 253-262
  • Manifesting power: Gender and the interpretation of power in archaeology (Book Review) CAMBRIDGE ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNAL Book Review Authored by: Meskell, L. 1999; 9 (2): 297-300
  • Archaeologies of life and death (Egypt, Deir el Medina, mortuary and ritual practices) AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY Meskell, L. 1999; 103 (2): 181-199
  • Archaeologies of Social Life: Age, Sex, Class Etcetera in Ancient Egypt Social Archaeology Series Meskell, L. Blackwell: Oxford. 1999
  • Anthropology and Egyptology: A developing dialogue (Book Review) AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY Book Review Authored by: Meskell, L. 1999; 103 (1): 127-129
  • Writing the body in archaeology Reading the Body: Representations and Remains in the Archaeological Record Meskell, L. edited by Rautman, A. University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia. 1999: 13–21
  • Feminism, pluralism, paganism Archaeology and Folklore Meskell, L. edited by Gazin-Schwartz, A., Hortolf, C. Routledge: London. 1999: 83–89
  • Manifesting Power: Gender and the Interpretation of Power in Archaeology Cambridge Archaeological Journal Meskell, L. edited by Sweely , T. 1999: 297–300
  • That's capital M, capital G Redefining Archaeology: Feminist Perspectives Meskell, L. edited by Hope, J. ANU Press: Canberra. 1999: 143–153
  • An archaeology of social relations in an Egyptian village JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL METHOD AND THEORY Meskell, L. 1998; 5 (3): 209-243
  • Intimate archaeologies: the case of Kha and Merit (Egyptian material culture, burial, funerary customs) WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY Meskell, L. 1998; 29 (3): 363-379
  • Twin Peaks: the archaeologies of Çatalhöyük Ancient Goddesses: Myths and Evidence Meskell, L. edited by Morris, C., Goodison, L. British Museum Press: London. 1998: 46–62
  • Consuming bodies: cultural fantasies of ancient Egypt Body and Society Meskell, L. 1998; 4 (1): 63-76
  • Archaeology under Fire: Nationalism, Politics and Heritage in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. edited by Meskell, L. 1998
  • Oh my goddess! Archaeology, sexuality and ecofeminism Archaeological Dialogues Meskell, L. 1998; 5 (2): 126-42
  • Running the gamut: gender, girls and goddesses American Journal of Archaeology Meskell, L. 1998; 102: 181-85
  • Archaeology matters Archaeology Under Fire: Nationalism, Politics and Heritage in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Meskell, L. edited by Meskell, L. M. Routledge: London. 1998: 1–12
  • Size matters: sex, gender and status in Egyptian iconography Redefining Archaeology: Feminist Perspectives Meskell, L. edited by Hope, J. ANU Press: Canberra. 1998: 175–181
  • Electronic Egypt: the shape of archaeological knowledge on the Net ANTIQUITY Meskell, L. 1997; 71 (274): 1073-1076
  • Bodies of evidence on prehistoric Cyprus CAMBRIDGE ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNAL Knapp, A. B., Meskell, L. 1997; 7 (2): 183-204
  • Sex and society in Graeco-Roman Egypt - Montserrat,D (Book Review) AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY Book Review Authored by: Meskell, L. 1997; 101 (3): 619-621
  • The irresistible body and the seduction of archaeology Changing Bodies, Changing Meanings: Studies on the Human Body in Antiquity Meskell, L. edited by Montserrat, D. Routledge: London. 1997: 139–161
  • Constructing Sex and Gender in archaeology At The Edge Meskell, L. 1997; 6: 6-10
  • Mortuary archaeology and religious landscape at Graeco-Roman Deir el Medina Journal of Egyptian Archaeology Montserrat, D., Meskell, L. 1997; 83: 179-198
  • The Prehistory of Sex: Four Million Year’s of Human Sexual Culture Norwegian Archaeological Review Meskell, L. 1997; 30 (1): 71-3
  • Engendering Egypt Gender and History: Gender and the Body in Mediterranean Antiquity Meskell, L. 1997; 9 (3): 597-602
  • The somatisation of archaeology: discourses, institutions, corporeality Norwegian Archaeological Review Meskell, L. 1996; 29 (1): 1-6
  • The Concept of the Goddess Norwegian Archaeological Review Meskell, L. 1996; 29 (2): 117-120
  • Dying young: the experience of death at Deir el Medina Perspectives on Children and Childhood: Archaeological Review from Cambridge Meskell, L. 1996; 13 (2): 35-45
  • GODDESSES, GIMBUTAS AND NEW-AGE ARCHAEOLOGY ANTIQUITY Meskell, L. 1995; 69 (262): 74-86
  • Sex strike and the meaning of life Australian Women in Archaeology Newsletter Meskell, L. 1995; 4 (2): 2-4
  • Archaeology vs. texts Ancient History Resources for Teachers Meskell, L. 1994; 24 (2): 93-109
  • Desperately seeking gender: a review article Archaeology Out of Africa: Archaeological Review from Cambridge Meskell, L. 1994; 13 (1): 105-111
  • Nationalism and Archaeology in Europe Archaeological Review from Cambridge Meskell, L. 1994; 13 (2): 149-152
  • Rewriting the Goddess Australian Women in Archaeology Newsletter Meskell, L. 1994; 1: 9-10
  • Deir el Medina in hyperreality: seeking the people of pharaonic Egypt Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology Meskell, L. 1994; 7 (2): 193-216