Natalie Munro


My research applies zooarchaeological techniques to issues surrounding the transition to agriculture in Southwest Asia. In particular I use prey ecological models to understand human impacts on wild animal populations and their implications for the beginning of animal domestication, human demography and economic change.


ANTH 217: Old World Prehistory
ANTH 233: Human Evolution
ANTH 257: Near Eastern Prehistory
ANTH 286: Zooarchaeology
ANTH 287: Origins of Agriculture
ANTH 288W: Experimental Archaeology
ANTH 356: History of Archaeological Theory
ANTH 305: Quantitative Zooarchaeology

Selected publications

Stiner, M.C. and N.D.Munro. 2011. On the Evolution of Diet and Landscape during the Upper Paleolithic through Mesolithic at Franchthi Cave (Peloponnese, Greece). Journal of Human Evolution 60(5):618-636.

Munro, N.D., G. Bar-Oz and A.C. Hill. 2011. An exploration of character traits and linear measurements for sexing mountain gazelle skeletons. Journal of Archaeological Science 38(6):1253-1265.

Munro, N.D. and L. Grosman. 2010. Early evidence (12,000 BP) for feasting at a burial cave in Israel. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107(35):15362-15366.

Smith, A. and N.D. Munro. 2009. A Holistic Approach to Examining Ancient Agriculture: A Case Study from the Bronze and Iron Age Near East. Current Anthropology 50(6):925-936.

Munro, N.D. 2009. Integrating inter- and intra-site analyses of Epipaleolithic faunal assemblages from Northern Israel. Before Farming. [online version] 2009/article 4.

Munro, N.D. and L. Atici. 2009. Human subsistence change in the Late Pleistocene Mediterranean Basin: the status of research on faunal intensification, diversification and specialization. Before Farming [online version] 2009/article 1.

Munro, N.D. 2009. Epipaleolithic Subsistence Intensification in the southern Levant: The Faunal Evidence. In The Evolution of Hominid Diets: Integrating Approaches to the Study of Paleolithic Subsistence, edited by M.J. Richards and J.J. Hublin. Springer Verlag, pp. 141-155

Munro, N.D., G. Bar-Oz and A. Stutz. 2009. Aging Mountain Gazelle (Gazella gazella): Refining Methods of Tooth Eruption and Wear and Bone Fusion. Journal of Archaeological Science 36:752-763.

Stutz, A.J., N.D. Munro and G. Bar-Oz.. 2009. Increasing the Resolution of the Broad Spectrum Revolution in the Southern Levantine Epipaleolithic (19-12 ka). Journal of Human Evolution. Published online before print.

Grosman, L, N.D. Munro and A. Belfer-Cohen. 2008. A 12,000 year old burial from the southern Levant (Israel): a case for early shamanism. PNAS. Published online before Print, Nov. 3, 2008.

Grosman, L. and N.D. Munro. 2007. The Sacred and the Mundane: Domestic activities at a Late Natufian burial site in the Levant. Before Farming 4(4):1-14.

Bar-Oz, G. and N.D. Munro. 2007.  Gazelle bone marrow yields and Epipalaeolithic carcass exploitation strategies in the southern Levant. Journal of Archaeological Science. Online.

Munro, N.D. and G. Bar-Oz.  2005.  Gazelle bone fat processing in the Levantine Epipalaeolithic. Journal of Archaeological Science 32(2):223-239.

Bar-Oz, G. and N.D. Munro. 2004.  Beyond cautionary tales: a multivariate taphonomic approach for resolving equifinality in zooarchaeological studies.  Journal of Taphonomy 2(4):201-220.

Munro, N.D. 2004.  Zooarchaeological measures of hunting pressure and occupation intensity in the Natufian implications for agricultural origins. Current Anthropology 45:S6-S33.

Munro, N.D. and G. Bar-Oz. 2004.  Debating Issues of Equifinality in Ungulate Skeletal Part Studies. Journal of Taphonomy 2(1):1-13.

Munro , N.D. 2003. Small game, the Younger Dryas, and the transition to agriculture in the southern Levant . Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Urgeschichte : 12: 47 -71.

Stiner, M.C. and N.D. Munro. 2002. Approaches to prehistoric diet breadth, demography, and prey ranking systems in time and space. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory . 9(2):175-208.

Stiner, M.C., N.D. Munro, and T.A. Surovell. 2000. The tortoise and the hare: small game use, the Broad Spectrum Revolution and Paleolithic demography. Current Anthropology 41(1): 39-73.

Stiner, M.C., N.D. Munro, T.A. Surovell, E. Tchernov, and O. Bar-Yosef. 1999. Paleolithic growth pulses evidenced by small animal exploitation. Science 283: 190-194.