Archaeologists and bioarchaeologists study past human cultures and behaviour through the material left behind: artifacts and features, plant and animal remains, human remains, sediments, sites, and their associated landscapes.

In the Department of Archaeology, our students engage in practical training and experiential learning in classroom, laboratory and field work settings that provide a comprehensive education and transferable skills. State-of-the-art laboratories specializing in applied archaeological sciences, archaeobotany, archaeological conservation, and prehistoric, historical and aboriginal archaeology integrate undergraduates into community-university research initiatives from Northern Labrador to French Guiana and from British Columbia to Northwest Europe.

As one of the largest Archaeology departments in the country, we train our students to become effective researchers, critical thinkers, and active stewards for our shared archaeological heritage.


Speakers Series 2017

The Department of Archaeology is pleased to announce the schedule for the Speakers Series 2017. Over the next few weeks a number of our graduate students will be defending their research proposals or providing updates on their current research.

Speakers Series Poster (PDF).

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Field School 2017

The Department of Archaeology’s 2017 field school will take place in Saint-Pierre et Miquelon located off the southwest coast of Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula.

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Conservation of 19th century rifles undertaken at MUN

Over the past few years, conservators in the Department of Archaeology have been working to preserve a crate of 19th century British Enfield rifles dredged from the Grand Banks in 2011.

Since their discovery, Conservator Donna Teasdale has used the specialist facilties housed at the Conservation Laboratory to reveal and stabilise the rifles which have spent over 150 years underwater.

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Knowledge Mobilization and Engagement through Community Archaeology

Event Poster PDF.

On Friday 2 Dec, 3-5pm in QC-2013, a panel of researchers from the MUN archaeology community will speak about the impact and the lessons learned from the practice of “community archaeology” in fieldwork. This discussion will help to understand how engaging a community is a way to ensure good governance and implement best practices regarding heritage.

Contact Dr. Catherine Losier to find out more.

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'Marine Ventures: Archaeological Perspectives on Human-Sea Relations'

A new book brings together an international collection of papers that examine how the marine environment has influenced human adaptations and social complexity in the past. The volume includes two papers co-authored by Lisa Rankin and Amanda Crompton that focus on the seascapes of historic Inuit-French cultural contact in southern Labrador.

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'Contact in the 16th Century: Networks among Fishers, Foragers and Farmers'

A new book, Contact in the 16th Century: Networks among Fishers, Foragers and Farmers, presents new research on the archaeology and history of early contacts between Europeans and First Nations peoples throughout Eastern and Atlantic Canada.

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'Etudes Inuit Studies: The Inuit in southern Labrador'

The latest volume of  Études Inuit Studies presents research that examines the Inuit occupation of southern Labrador. With a particular focus on Inuit-European contact and relations the volume features articles by Peter Pope, Lisa Rankin, Amanda Crompton and Amelia Fay.

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A new book, by Dr. Catherine Losier, examines the commercial networks of French Guiana during the Ancien Regime

Dr. Catherine Losier's research details the economic and social aspects of colonial life in French Guiana during the Ancien Régime (pre-revolutionary France). Her analyses of archaeological collections and historic documents relating to the colonial French plantations of the period (1688-1794) provide new insights into the commercial networks linking French Guiana to France, as well as to the Caribbean islands and North-American colonies.

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