Megan Alvarez
Senior Archaeologist , Staff

Originally from Texas, Megan Edwards Alvarez has been practicing archaeology since 2002. Prior to moving to Hawaii in 2014, her fieldwork experiences—in both urban and rural contexts—had taken her across the US (Virginia, Long Island, Chicago, New Orleans) and overseas (Ireland, France). While she has specialized in Historical Archaeology of the last 500 years, she has worked on sites and trained with materials stretching from the Irish Mesolithic (7000 BCE) to the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893). She has had extensive training—in both the US and UK—in landscape survey, stratigraphic excavation and recording, laboratory analysis (historic artifacts, faunal, human osteology), and the incorporation of textual resources into archaeological analysis. Megan received her BA in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary (2005), MA in Archaeology from the Queen’s University of Belfast (2006), and will be completing her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2019. Her research and past publications reflect an interest in how profound social change impacts foodways—whether from English colonization in Virginia and Ireland, the Protestant Reformation in Scotland, or industrialization in Gilded Age Chicago.

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