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Faculty cross-appointment

Dr. Vaughan Grimes

Congratulations to Dr. Vaughan Grimes, Assistant Professor in the Department of Archaeology who has just been cross-appointed to the Department of Earth Sciences.

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Investigating the genetic prehistory of the New World Arctic

Looking for ancient human remains in northern Greenland (credit and copyright: Claus Andreasen).

Members of the Department of Archaeology, Dr. Vaughan Grimes and the late Prof. Priscilla Renouf, were among an international team of researchers who co-authored a recent article in the prestigious journal Science investigating the genetics of prehistoric Arctic populations.

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Tenure-Track Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor, Historical Archaeology

The Department of Archaeology invites applications for a tenure-track position in Historical Archaeology, at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting July 1, 2015.

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Upcoming Fall Course Offering

ARCH 3584/ HIST 3535 Historical Anthropology

 New Course Offerings in Archaeology

ARCH 3688 - The Archaeology of Coastal Landscapes

Humans have adapted to living within coastal landscapes for over 100,000 years, and the adaptations to ‘living on the edge’ influence distinct technologies, subsistence practices, and social structure. The study of coastal sites provides a unique insight into past human-environmental interactions because of the nature of the archaeological deposits, which are usually in the form of shell middens. Shell midden sites can contain several millennia worth of archaeological records, and when analyzed the contents be used to interpret past food procurement strategies, migration, settlement, technological advances and how people responded to short- and long-term environmental changes.

Each week we will have readings, in-class exercises and/or presentations that will help to build a comprehensive understanding of how coastal habitation sites are analyzed and interpreted in archaeological contexts. All of the assignments are designed to build towards the final project and completing each step is fundamental for success in the course.

ARCH 3536/HIS 3536 - Object Lessons: Putting Strange Things in Context

This course explores the interpretation of unique objects, especially those which have been separated, in some way, from their historical context or archaeological assemblage. Each week, in readings, lectures and discussion, students will take a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding a specific remarkable artifact. Topics include the history of technology, the emergence of art, the invention of tradition and the role of design in industrial societies. Recommended previous course: one of ARCH 1030, FOLK 1000, HIST 1010 or 1011, CLAS 1100 or 1200

 The North Atlantic Archaeology Journal

The latest edition of the North Atlantic Archaeology Journal

The new North Atlantic Archaeology Journal is now available. For copies contact Dr. Lisa Rankin at

$30.00 regular price
$20.00 for students