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Megan Anne Conger

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Megan Anne Conger's current research considers how relationships between Indigenous communities in Southern Ontario changed over the course of the 16th and 17th centuries.  In particular, she is investigating the differential timing of early interactions between European settlers and people in Native communities, considering the possibility that Native communities engaged in these interactions in a variety of ways other than simple acceptance or rejection. Her work integrates traditional trade good analysis (glass beads, metal artifacts) with Bayesian Chronological Modeling and AMS radiocarbon dating. Her research bridges prehistoric and historic archaeologies and is rooted in both world-systems and postcolonial intellectual frameworks. 

Megan has extensive experience analyzing museum collections and working in museums and repositories in the Canada and the US. Her analytical skills include geophysical survey, soil chemistry, and faunal analysis. She has international fieldwork experience in Canada (Ontario) and Mongolia (Khovsgol Province), as well as domestic experience in New York, Georgia, Illinois, and New Mexico.  She is currently a research assistant on Dating Iroquoia, an NSF-funded effort between University of Georgia and Cornell University which is refining archaeological chronologies across southern Ontario and New York State using Bayesian Chronological Modeling of high-precision AMS radiocarbon dates.

Of note:

Spring 2021, Dissertation Fellow, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania

2019, National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award recipient, NSF #1954093

2019, Society for American Archaeology Fred Plog Memorial Fellowship recipient

Research Areas:

2012, B.A. Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

Articles Featuring Megan Anne Conger

The SAA Archaeological Record featured the Dating Iroquoia project in their September issue. The issue features multiple articles by members of the Dating Iroquoia team, including Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Jennifer Birch, and PhD candidates, Megan…

The Dating Iroquoia project is co-directed by Dr. Jennifer Birch and is made up of researchers at Cornell University, New York State Museum, and the University of Georgia, including Research Assistant, Megan Conger. The Conversation published an…

The McNeil Center for Early American Studies (MCEAS) at the University of Pennsylvania has awarded PhD candidate, Megan Conger, a 2020-2021 Friends of the MCEAS Dissertation Fellowship.

UGA Department of Anthropology's Jacob Holland-Lulewicz, Megan Conger, Travis Jones, Dr. Jennifer Birch, and Dr. Stephen Kowalewski published a recent paper in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.

Title: Dating Iroquoia in American Antiquity

Congratulations to Megan Anne Conger, who has just been awarded the Fred Plog Memorial Fellowship from the Society for American Archaeology for her…

UGA’s Jennifer Birch and Cornell University’s Sturt Manning are investigators for a National Science Foundation grant, “Establishing a High-Resolution Framework for Age Determination.” A team including graduate assistant Megan Anne Conger works to…

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