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Megan Daniels

Diakofti, Kythera

Megan Daniels

Honours B.A. in Archaeology, Wilfrid Laurier University
M.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, University of British Columbia
Ph.D Classical Archaeology, Stanford University


Megan is completed her Ph.D in Classical Archaeology from the Department of Classics at Stanford University. Her research interests broadly include the intersections of long distance trade with the growth of religious institutions and economic development across the Mediterranean world in the Iron Age.

Her dissertation, entitled "The Queen of Heaven and a Goddess for All the People: Kingship, Religion, and Cultural Evolution in the Iron Age Mediterranean", she argues that shared mythical and religious languages concerning divine sovereignty provided important cross-cultural institutional connections for Mediterranean peoples in the early stages of state-formation; as state structures and state ideologies coalesced, however, these religious institutions expressed through myth and ritual acquired new meanings appropriate to the egalitarian structures of the Greek city-states. She uses approaches from evolutionary psychology, sociology, and economics combined with literary and archaeological evidence of sanctuaries from roughly the eighth-sixth centuries BCE to demonstrate the role religion plays in burgeoning, cross-cultural societies, as it both reflects and shapes shared worldviews and ideologies.

Post graduation, she accepted the Lora Bryning Redford Postdoctoral Fellowship in archaeology at the University of Puget Sound. In 2017 she accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology at SUNY Buffalo.