Dr. John Meadows, Academic staff

Academic staff | Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology

Dr. John Meadows

PhD La Trobe University, Australia
Research area Radiocarbon and other scientific dating methods; Stable isotopes; Bayesian chronological modelling
Scientific Education

1998 - 2005
PhD, Archaeology Program, La Trobe University, Australia Thesis: Early farmers and their environment: archaeobotanical research at Neolithic and Chalcolithic sites in Jordan

MSc (Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy), University of Sheffield, England

BA (Hons), History and Economics, University of Tasmania, Australia

Scientific experience

Since 2011
Senior scientist for AMS dating and isotope research in archaeology, Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology, Schloss Gottorf; based at the Leibniz-Labor für Altersbestimmung und Isotopenforschung, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Max-Eyth-Str. 11-13, 24118 Kiel

Assistant Scientific Dating Co-ordinator, English Heritage, London

Archaeological Research Assistant, Early Department, Museum of London

Research Fellow, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

freelance archaeologist/archaeobotanist (UK, USA, Syria, Jordan, Australia)

Selected publications

For a complete and updated list, see

Papers in Externally-Refereed Journals

in press Meadows J, Bērziņš V, Brinker U, Lübke H, Schmölcke U, Staude A, Zagorska I and Zariņa G. Dietary freshwater reservoir effects and the radiocarbon ages of prehistoric human bones from Zvejnieki, Latvia. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. DOI:10.1016/j.jasrep.2015.10.024

in press Bērziņš V, Lübke H, Berga L, Ceriņa A, Kalniņa L, Meadows J, Muižniece S, Paegle S, Rudzīte M and Zagorska I. Recurrent Stone Age occupation at Sise (western Latvia) and shoreline displacement in the Baltic Sea Basin. The Holocene.

in press Lübke H, Brinker U, Meadows J, Bērziņš V and Zagorska I. New research on the human burials of Riņņukalns, Latvia. in Mesolithic Burials – Rites, symbols and social organization of early postglacial communities. Proceedings of the International Conference, Halle (Saale), 18–21 September 2013 (eds J Grünberg and B Gramsch). Archäologie in Sachsen-Anhalt.

in press Schmölcke U, Meadows J, Ritchie K, Bērziņš V, Lübke H and Zagorska I. Neolithic fish remains from the freshwater shell midden Riņņukalns in northern Latvia, Environmental Archaeology: The Journal of Human Palaeoecology.

Meadows J, Hüls M and Schneider R. Accuracy and reproducibility of 14C measurements at the Leibniz-Labor, Kiel: a first response to Lull et al., 'When 14C dates fall beyond the limits of uncertainty: an assessment of anomalies in a Western Mediterranean Bronze Age 14C Series'. Radiocarbon57(5).

Tõrv M and Meadows J. Radiocarbon dates and stable isotope data from the Early Bronze Age burials in Riigiküla I and Kivisaare settlement sites, Estonia.Radiocarbon 57(4): 645–656.

Rakowski A Z, Krąpiec M, Hüls M, Pawlyta J, Dreves A and Meadows J. Increase of radiocarbon concentration in tree rings from Kujawy (SE Poland) around AD 774–775, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B.

2014 Philippsen B and Meadows J. Inland Ertebølle culture: the importance of aquatic resources and the freshwater reservoir effect in radiocarbon dates from pottery food crusts, Internet Archaeology Issue 37.

Contreras D and Meadows J. Summed radiocarbon calibrations as a population proxy: a critical evaluation using a realistic simulation approach.Journal of Archaeological Science 52: 591–608.

Bērziņš V, Brinker U, Klein C, Lübke H, Meadows J, Rudzīte M,Schmölcke U, Stümpel H and Zagorska I. New research on Rinnukalns, a Neolithic freshwater shell midden in northern Latvia,Antiquity 88, 341: 715–732.

Fernandes R, Meadows J, Dreves A, Nadeau M-J and Grootes P M M. A preliminary study on the influence of cooking on the C and N isotopic composition of multiple organic fractions of fish (mackerel and haddock). Journal of Archaeological Science 50: 153–159.

Meadows J and Māris Zunde. A lake fortress, a floating chronology, and an atmospheric anomaly: the surprising results of a radiocarbon wiggle-match from Āraiši, Latvia. Geochronometria 41 (3): 223–233.

Meadows J, Martinelli N, Nadeau M-J and Bianchin Citton E. Este, Padova, Italy: dating the Iron Age waterfront. Radiocarbon 56(2): 655–665.

Meadows J, Lübke H, Zagorska I, Bērziņš V, Ceriņa A and Ozola I. Potential freshwater reservoir effects in a Neolithic shell midden at Riņņukalns, Latvia. Radiocarbon 56(2): 823–832.

Meadows J, Eriksen B V, Zagorska I, Dreves A and Simpson J. Dating Late Palaeolithic harpoons from Lake Lubāns, Latvia. Radiocarbon 56(2): 581–589.

Garrow D, Meadows J, Evans C and Tabor J. Dating the dead: a high-resolution radiocarbon chronology of burial within an Early Bronze Age barrow cemetery at Over, Cambridgeshire. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 80: 207–236.

Martinelli N, Meadows J, Valzolgher E, Pignatelli O, Anglani L and Kromer B, Combining dendrochronology and radiocarbon dating at the Late Medieval site of Sant'Alvise, Venice, Italy. Open Journal of Archaeometry 2: 49–54.

Timberlake S, et al.. Prehistoric copper extraction in Britain: Ecton Hill, Staffordshire, Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 80: 1–48.

Greenwood D, Batt C, Meadows J and Roberts I. Dating the kiln, in A Stamford Ware pottery kiln in Pontefract: a geographical enigma and a dating dilemma (C Cumberpatch and I Roberts). Medieval Archaeology 57: 111–150

Rakowski A Z, Nakamura T, Pazdur A and Meadows J. Radiocarbon concentration in annual tree rings from the Salamanca Region, Western Spain.Radiocarbon 55(1-3): 1533–1540

Ripper S, et al., Bogs, bodies and burnt mounds: visits to the Soar wetlands in the Neolithic and Bronze Age. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 78: 173–206

Mays S, Vincent S and Meadows J. A possible case of treponemal disease from England dating to the 11th–12th century AD, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 22: 366–372


Valzolgher E, Meadows J, Salzani P and Salzani, L. Radiocarbon dating of the Early Bronze Age cemetery at Arano, Verona, northern Italy. Radiocarbon 54 (3–4): 483–503

Meadows J et al.. Keeping the sea out: early medieval structures at Ca' Foscari University, Venice, Italy. Radiocarbon 54 (3–4): 567–549

Lovell J L et al.. Upland olive domestication in the Chalcolithic period: new 14C determinations from el-Khawarij (Ajlun), Jordan. Radiocarbon 52: 364–371

Bourke S J et al.. The beginning of the Early Bronze Age in the north Jordan Valley: new 14C determinations from Pella in Jordan. Radiocarbon 51: 905–913

Meadows J et al.. A short passage of time: the dating of the Hazleton long cairn revisited. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 17(1) S: 45–64

Collard M et al.. Ironworking in the Bronze Age? Evidence from a 10th century BC settlement at Hartshill Copse, Upper Bucklebury, West Berkshire.Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 72: 367–421

Meadows J. The Younger Dryas episode and the radiocarbon chronologies of the Huleh and Ghab pollen diagrams, The Holocene 15: 631–636

Bourke S J et al.. The end of the Chalcolithic period in the south Jordan Valley: new 14C determinations from Teleilat Ghassul, Jordan. Radiocarbon46: 315–323

Edwards P C et al.. From the PPNA to the PPNB: new views from the south after excavations at Zahrat adh-Dhra' 2 in Jordan. Paléorient30/2: 21–60

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