Melissa Ritchey

Graduate Student of Archaeology


Melissa M. Ritchey is an archaeologist, specializing in paleoethnobotany and stable isotope analysis. She is pursuing a PhD in Anthropology, with a focus in archaeology. Her current project explores the labor negotiations regarding plant cultivation made by Bronze Age agropastoralists in highland Inner Asia using plant stable isotope and weed ecology analyses. Her previous work includes projects in Viking Age Iceland and Colonial New England, USA.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Archaeology (Instructor of Record)

Paleoethnobotany and Ethnobotany (Assistant Instructor)

Culture and Environment (Assistant Instructor)

Introduction to GIS for Anthropologists (Assistant Instructor)

Warfare and Violence (Assistant Instructor)

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  • Washington University
  • CB 1114
  • One Brookings Drive
  • St. Louis, MO 63130
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