Meggers, Betty J.

Meggers, Betty J. (Jane)

(1921–  ) anthropologist; born in Washington, D.C. After earning a Ph.D. at Columbia University she joined the staff of the Smithsonian Institution (1954). She did extensive fieldwork in South America, focusing particularly on prehistoric lowlands cultures, cultural ecology, and trans-Pacific contracts, and she published widely.
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