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
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.