Naomi F. Miller

Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology

Naomi F. Miller focuses on the environment and land use in ancient West and Central Asia through the study of plant macroremains. Through her interest in long-term vegetation change at Gordion, Turkey, she began to work on ways to preserve biodiversity as well as archaeological sites through the passive and active management of native vegetation. In addition to the archaeobotanical site report, Botanical Aspects of Environment and Economy at Gordion, Turkey (2010), she wrote and illustrated a short archaeological memoir, Drawing on the Past, An Archaeologist's Sketchbook (2002), both published by the University of Pennsylvania Museum. She has co-edited several books: The Archaeology of Garden and Field, with K.L. Gleason (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994), Yeki bud, yeki nabud, Essays in on the Archaeology of Iran in Honor of William M. Sumner, with K. Abdi (Cotsen Institute, 2003), and Sustainable Lifeways: Cultural Persistence in an Ever-changing Environment, with K.M. Moore and K. Ryan (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011). She maintains a website that provides bibliographies of archaeobotanical reports from sites in West and Central Asia ( Along with Katherine M. Moore, she organized the ongoing Plants, Animal, People archaeobiology discussion group at the Penn Museum (For further information see: