Dr. Heather M.-L. Miller
Associate Professor, University of Toronto
and UTM Anthropology Chair
Department of Anthropology, University of
and Anthropology Graduate
Primary Office: 302 Health Sciences
Complex (HSC), UTM
Email: heather.miller "at"
utoronto.ca (check below first -
the information you need may be provided!)
Office Hours for
Winter/Spring 2014: By appointment
3359 Mississauga Road North
2013 syllabus - pdf)
syllabi for past courses
Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Archaeology (Summer 2006 syllabus-htm) (Summer 2007 syllabus-htm) (Spring 2012 syllabus-pdf)
(Spring 2013 syllabus-pdf)
ANT102H Introduction to Sociocultural and
Linguistic Anthropology (Summer 2006 syllabus-htm)
(Summer 2007 syllabus-htm)
ANT310H Complex Societies (Fall 2005 Syllabus-htm) (Fall 2013 syllabus - pdf)
ANT310H Complex Societies (Spring 2008 syllabus-pdf) (310Essay Instructions-pdf)
to library reference page - seaches & encyclopedias-htm (helpful for other classes too!)
Analysis (Fall 2004 syllabus-htm) (Fall
ANT316H Archaeology of South /Asia (Fall 2004 syllabus-htm) (Fall
2006 syllabus-htm) (Fall 2011 syllabus-pdf)
Archaeological Technology (Syllabus
Society and Culture (2008-09
syllabus-htm - year long course)
Archaeological Analysis (Spring 2009 syllabus - PDF)
ANT1000 Theoretical Paradigms
and Case Studies (required Masters course) (Fall 2007 syllabus-htm) (Fall 2008 syllabus-pdf)
of Urbanism (graduate course) (Fall 2005
Technology /Archaeology of Technology (graduate course) (Fall 2004 syllabus-htm) (Fall 2006 syllabus-htm)
(Spring 2011 syllabus-doc)
SAS 2004H: Issues in South
Asian Studies (Spring 2008
Information for Students: Careers in
Applying to graduate
See this link
for information on what you need to do
(including how to write a CV)
Want to know
more about non-academic careers in anthropology?
(1) Look at the web
site for the National Association for Practicing Anthropologists
the American Anthropological Association): www.practicinganthropology.org
(2) Or the web site for the Society for Applied
Technology - Material Culture
Social Aspects of
Technology, Craft Production, Manufacturing Techniques &
Asia, including Indus Valley Civilization, Mughal & Historic
Communication, Cultural Contact
Human Ecology / Cultural Geography
Resource & Subsistence
Systems - Human/Plant Interrelations
I've done much of my research on high-temperature pyrotechnologies
in the Indus civilization, particularly at the site of Harappa.
This research has been conducted through my involvement with
the Harappa Archaeological Research Project (HARP), whose work is
featured at www.harappa.com.
You can learn more about the archaeology of the ancient city of
Harappa and other aspects of the Indus civilization at this web
site. My publications on Indus
craft production, agricultural systems, and social/political
structures are listed below.
My newer research is currently centred around the medieval/Islamic
period trade and communication routes through northwestern
Pakistan, particularly through the city of Peshawar. I am
working with a number of Pakistani and international scholars on a
long-term project, the Caravanserai Networks Project, to examine
economic, political, and social aspects of the contact between
people along these routes. A major part of this endeavour is
the development of a database of travel amenity locations based on
both textual and archaeological data, which will eventually be
available to the research community as a searchable internet
database (we hope).
My field research at the moment is the development of a pottery
typology for both glazed and unglazed ceramics from the
excavations at Gor Khuttree in the centre of Peshwar, work being
conducted by the Directorate for Archaeology and Museums of the
Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP). My graduate student,
Jennifer Campbell, is conducting architectural analysis of the Gor
Khuttree and other Mughal period serais in the region, including
the creation of a flexible typology for the recording of standing
This research has been funded by the Social Science and Humanities
Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Connaught Foundation
at the University of Toronto, with great assistance from Prof.
Ihsan Ali, formerly Director of the NWFP Directorate and now
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hazara, Pakistan.
I was the CotsenVisiting Scholar at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
at UCLA in 2001-2002, and there are two articles about my
interests in the Newsletter of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
at UCLA. For my general approach to ancient technology and
my research project on caravanserai networks between South &
Central Asia, see Backdirt
2001. For my last season of work at Harappa, see the
lead article in Backdirt
Finally, in the summer of 2005 I spent six weeks in Papua New Guinea
as the material culture consultant for a new project on
imagination and perception among the Asabano, directed by Prof.
Roger Lohmann of Trent University. More information on this
project is posted on Dr. Lohmann's
website. Sharon McCartan (BA 2006 from UTM), Roger
Lohmann, and I have been cataloguing and analyzing materials
previously collected from the Asabano by Dr. Lohmann (wooden drums,
wooden arrows, string bags, shell and fiber ornaments, bamboo
smoking tubes, grass skirts, etc.).
I am also currently a member of the Archaeology Centre at
the University of Toronto, TUARC, the Trent University
Archaeology Research Centre, and the Centre for South Asian Studies
at the University of Toronto.
Selected Publications - Heather M.-L. Miller
Approaches to Technology. formerly by
Academic Press/Elsevier, now Left Coast Press (in paperback!)
Matters: Evidence for unity and regional diversity from the
Indus Civilization weights. In S. Abraham et al. (eds) Connections and Complexity: New
Approaches to the Archaeology of South and Central Asia.
Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.
2012 Types of Learning in
Apprenticeship. In: Archaeology
and Apprenticeship: Body Knowledge, Identity & Communities
of Practice, ed. Willeke Wendrich, pp. 224-239.
University of Arizona Press.
M.-L. Miller and Ihsan Ali.
Pottery Classification and
Activities in a City Centre: First Results from Pottery
Analysis of Mughal to Modern Period Excavations at Gor
Khuttree, Peshawar, Pakistan. Ancient Pakistan XXI:
2009 Brett Hoffman and Heather M.-L. Miller. Production and Consumption of
Copper-base Metals in the Indus Civilization. Journal of World Prehistory 22(3):
2008 Issues in the Determination of Ancient Value
Systems: The Role of Talc (Steatite) and Faience in the
Indus Civilization. For forthcoming Intercultural
Relations Between South and Southwest Asia. Studies in
Commemoration of E.C.L. During-Caspers (1934-1996). ed. Eric
Olijdam. pp. 145-157. BAR International Series.
2008 The Indus Talc-Faience Complex: Types of
Materials, Clues to Production. In: South Asian
Archaeology 1999, ed. Ellen M. Raven. pp. 111-122.
International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden,
courtesy of the publisher, for individual use only)
2007 Jonathan Mark Kenoyer and Heather M.-L. Miller. Multiple Crafts and Socio-Economic
Associations in the Indus Civilization: New Perspectives
from Harappa, Pakistan. In: Rethinking Craft Production: The Nature of
Producers and Multi-craft Organization, ed. Izumi
Shimada. pp. 152-183. University of Utah Press.
2007 Associations and
Ideologies in the Locations of Urban Craft Production at
Harappa, Pakistan (Indus Civilization). In: Rethinking Specialization in Complex
Societies: Archaeological Analysis of the Social Meaning of
Production, ed. Zachary X. Hruby & Rowan K. Flad. pp.
37-51. Archaeological Paper of the American Anthropological
Association (AP3A), Number 17. American Anthropological
Association and University of California-Berkeley Press.
Landscapes of Transportation: Riverine-oriented and
land-oriented systems in the Indus Civilization and the Mughal
Empire. In: Space
and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology, ed. E.C.
Robertson et al.
pp. 281-292. University of Calgary Press and University of
New Mexico Press.
2006 Water Supply, Labor
Organization and Land Ownership in Indus Floodplain Agricultural
Systems. In: Agriculture
and Irrigation in Archaeology, ed. Charles Stanish &
Joyce Marcus. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press. (PDF courtesy of the publisher,
for individual use only.)
2005 Investigating Copper Production at
Harappa: Surveys, Excavations and Finds. In: South
Asian Archaeology 2001, ed. Catherine Jarrige and Vincent
Lefevre. pp. 245-252. Paris: Editions Recherche
sur les Civilisations.
2000 Reassessing the Urban Structure of
Harappa: Evidence from Craft Production Distribution.
South Asian Archaeology 1997, ed. Maurizio Taddei &
Giuseppe De Marco. Rome: Istituto Italian per l'Africa e l'Oriente
(IsIAO) & Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples. Pp.
2000 Massimo Vidale & Heather M.-L.
Miller. On the development of Indus technical virtuosity
and its relation to social structure. In: South
Asian Archaeology 1997, ed. Maurizio Taddei & Giuseppe
De Marco. Rome: Istituto Italian per l'Africa e l'Oriente
(IsIAO) & Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples. Pp.
1999 Jonathan M. Kenoyer & Heather M.-L.
Miller. Metal Technologies of the Indus Valley Tradition
in Pakistan and Western India. In: The
Archaeometallurgy of the Asian Old World, ed. Vincent C.
Pigott. University of Pennsylvania Museum Monograph
89. University Museum Symposium Series Volume VII.
MASCA Research Papers in Science and Archaeology Volume 16.
Philadelphia: University Museum Publications, University of
Pennsylvania. Pp. 107-151.
1997 Pottery Firing Structures (Kilns) of
the Indus Civilization During the Third Millennium B.C.
In: Prehistory & History of Ceramic Kilns, ed.
Prudence Rice & W. David Kingery. Ceramics & Civilization
Series, Volume VII. Columbus, OH: American Ceramic
Society. Pp. 41-71.
1994 Metal Processing at Harappa and
Mohenjo-daro: Information from Non-Metal Remains.
In: South Asian Archaeology 1993, ed. Asko Parpola
& P. Koskikallio. Annales Academiae Scientiarum
Fennicae; Series B, Vol. 271. Helsinki: Suomalainen
Tiedeakatemia. Pp. 497-510.
1991 Urban Palaeoethnobotany at Harappa.
In: Harappa Excavations 1986-1990: A
Multidisciplinary Approach to Third Millennium Urbanism, ed.
Richard H. Meadow. Madison, WI: Prehistory
Press. Pp. 121-126.
Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Archaeology Concentration; Minor in
and Society in the Cities of the Indus Valley
Advisor: Dr. J. M. Kenoyer
M.A. Anthropology, University of
M.Sc. Bioarchaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University
College London, U.K. 1988
"Preliminary Analysis of the Plant Remains from Tarakai Qila,
with Distinction; Sir Flinders Petrie
B.A. Honors Anthropology, William Marsh Rice University,
Houston, Texas, U.S.A. 1987
"Environmental Aspects of the Decline of the Indus Civilization"
Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
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