Joseph Patrick Meadows

Student, Durham University
  • Durham University
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  • United Kingdom

About Joseph Patrick Meadows

My research explores and maps potential distributions of wild olive and wild grape across the  Levant during the Holocene based on soil, slope, precipitation, and elevation data using GIS. Connected to the CLaSS project at Durham University, this research aims to show the prevalence of these ethnographically used plants and help reveal which sites likely or unlikely had access to them, which is vital to understanding and contextualizing the archaeological record within a dynamic landscape. Ultimately, differing and changing access to ethnographically used plants across different periods and sites played an important role in shaping the lives of peoples in not only this region, but across the world - demonstrating one of the many impacts of climate change, from our ancient past to today.

I also work with shepherds in Tunisia and record their intangible heritage and pastoral practices, aiming to both record previously undocumented information in danger from disapearing due to a changing climate, but also to provide a unique ethnographic perspective on archaeological reference material in zooarchaeological assemblages. 

I am a/an:

Undergraduate Leadership & Research Scholar


Durham University

Laidlaw Cohort Year


Research Topic

Archaeology Climate Change Climate Studies Middle Eastern Studies

Area of Expertise

Environment Humanities Social Sciences

I am from:

United States of America

I speak:

English Welsh

My hobbies/interests are:

Baseball Cooking/Baking Crafts & DIY Foreign languages Hiking/walking Houseplants/gardening Music Nature & environment Pets Reading Swimming Video/filmmaking Volleyball

I am open to participating in mentoring/buddy programmes


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