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Lisa Rankin

PositionDr. Lisa Rankin

Associate Professor
Department Head
Recipient of President's Award for Outstanding Graduate Supervision 2013

Academics

  • Ph.D. 1998 McMaster University
  • M.A. 1994 Trent University
  • B.A. Honours 1991 University of British Columbia

Contact

Email: lrankin@mun.ca
Phone: 709-864-8192 (office of the department Head)
Office: QC 2001
CURA Website
Personal Website

Research Interests

Hunter-gatherer and horticulturalist settlement pattern studies, and pre-contact inter-ethnic interaction; contextual archaeology; ethnohistory; and seasonality and subsistence studies; eastern Sub-Arctic and the Great Lakes Lowlands.

Current Research Interests

My current research focuses on the Inuit occupation of Groswater Bay, Labrador. Between 2013-2015 we are carrying out work at the Double Mer Point site in southern Labrador. Double Mer is one of several early historic Inuit sites located near the community of Rigolet, in Hamilton Inlet, Nunatsiavut.  The Double Mer Point site is one of a large number of historic period Inuit sites in Labrador that Robyn and Michelle mapping out a gridrepresent the ‘Communal House Phase’. This phase, usually considered to span the 18th century, saw a shift in Inuit settlement from small, single-family dwellings to larger multi-family houses. Until recently, it was believed that this was a northern and central Labrador phenomenon, with the newly-emerging traders transportingsea mammal products from the north to European traders in southern Labrador, and returning with European items of iron, glass, ceramic and cloth. In the last few years, however, we have demonstrated that there was also a communal house phase in southern Labrador, and that it may have begun there earlier than in the north (e.g. Murphy 2012). It is now necessary to re-examine the communal house phenomenon, which appears to be much more complex and dynamic than we thought. In the light of all of this, Double Mer Point is an ideal site at which to conduct an in-depth re-examination of Inuit culture and culture change in the 18th century.

Prior to this project, I directed the CURA project "Understanding the Past to Build the Future", a five-year multidisciplinary study of the history of the Inuit Métis of southern Labrador (project website). It was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The research objectives include investigating the Inuit occupation of Southern Labrador, collecting and analyzing evidence of Inuit-European interactions, documenting cultural changes, and bringing the history of the Métis into the present day. Research activities include archaeology, ethnography, archival study, and genealogy. For more information on this project and on my work in general, please visit my personal webpage.Sunset on Norman Island

Graduate Students

Ph.D.

Brian Pritchard (SSHRC Fellowship). Research Topic: (in progress)

Amelia Fay (President’s Award). Research topic: "An Extraordinary Woman, An Extraordinary Life: Excavating Mikak's House to Explore the Status of Women and the Effects of Colonialism in 18th Century Labrador.” (in progress)

Scott Neilsen (SSHRC Fellowship). Research Topic: "Archaeology Beyond the Horizon: Pre-Contact Land Tenure in Labrador West" (in progress)

R. Alan Mounier 2008. Dissertation: "The Aboriginal Exploitation of Cuesta Quartzite in Southern New Jersey".

M.A.

Jeralyn Bohms Thesis Topic: "Illuminating Inuit Life at Double Mer Point: The Excavation of an 18th-century Communal Winter House" (in progress).

David Andrew Collins Thesis Topic: “Putting the Pieces Together: Labrador Inuit Acquisition, Use, Reuse and Distribution of European Ceramics During the Communal Sod House Phase” (in progress)

Paulina Dobrota (SSHRC Fellowship). Thesis Topic: "Integrated Soil Analysis at an 18th-Century Inuit Summer Camp: Huntingdon Is 5 (FkBg-3), Sandwich Bay, South Labrador" (in progress)

Tyrone Hamilton (ISER Fellowship). Thesis Topic: "Inuit, Iron and Ions: The Significance of Basque Iron on the Inuit of Early Contact Period Labrador" (in progress)

Lori White Thesis Topic: "The Saddle Island Cemetery: Human Remains at a Sixteenth-Century Basque Whaling Station" (in progress).

Michelle Davies 2014 (SSHRC Fellowship). "Changing Relations: Gender, Work and Value among the Inuit in 18th Century Labrador".

Eliza Brandy 2013 (SSHRC Fellowship). "Inuit Animal Use and Shifting Identities in 19th Century Labrador: The Zooarchaeology of Snooks Cove".

Joshua Keddy 2013 (SSHRC Fellowship). "An Analysis of Artifact Morphology and Material Frequency in Eight Early to Middle Labrador Archaic Lithic Assemblages from Northern Labrador".

Corey Hutchings 2011 (ISER Fellowship)."Complexity and Continuity: Labrador Archaic Occupations at Nulliak Cove".

Laura Elena Kelvin 2011 (SSHRC Fellowship). "The Inuit-Metis of Sandwich Bay: Oral Histories and Archaeology".

Phoebe Murphy 2011 (SSHRC Fellowship). "The Southern Labrador Component of the Labrador Inuit Communal House Phase: An Analysis of an 18th-century Inuit House at Huntingdon Island 5, Sandwich Bay, Labrador".

Robyn Fleming 2009 (SSHRC Fellowship). "Robert's Cove (DjAv-05): A Transitional Recent Indian Site on the Northeast Coast".

Marianne Hardenberg 2009. "In Search of Thule Children: Miniature Playthings as a Means of Socializing Children".

Stuart Barnable 2008 (ISER Fellowship). "Rattling Brook 1 (DgAt-1): An Examination of Middle Dorest Inner Bay Settlements".

Matthew Beaudoin 2008 (ISER Fellowship). "An Archaeological Examination of a Multi-Ethnic Sod House in Labrador (FkBg-24)".

Jessica Pace 2008 (SSHRC Fellowship). "This is Where I Live, but it's not my Home: Archaeology and Identity in Sandwich Bay, Labrador".

Jamie Brake 2007 (SSHRC Fellowship). "Ashuanipi Kupitan: Excavation at the Ferguson Bay 1 Site in Western Labrador".

Scott Neilsen 2006 (ISER Fellowship). "Intermediate Indians: The View from Ushpitun 2 and Pmiusiku 1".

Natalie Brewster 2005 (SSHRC Fellowship). "The Inuit in Southern Labrador: A View from Snack Cove".

Jennifer Campbell 2004 (SSHRC Fellowship). "The Huron of the Kawartha Lakes: Faunal Exploitation Strategies as Indicators of Change During the Pre, Proto and Historic Periods".

Christopher Wolff 2003 (ISER Fellowship). "Middle Dorset in Southern Labrador: An Examination of Three Small Sites from the Porcupine Strand".

Recent Publications

Lisa Rankin
2013 The Role of the Inuit in the European Settlement of Sandwich Bay, Labrador. In Exploring Atlantic Transitions: Archaeologies of Transience and Permanence in New Found Lands, edited by Peter Pope with Shannon Lewis-Simpson, pp. 310-319. Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology Monograph no. 8. Boydell and Brewer, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK.

Peter Ramsden and Lisa Rankin
2013 Thule Radiocarbon Chronology and its Implication for Early Inuit-European Interaction in Labrador. In Exploring Atlantic Transitions: Archaeologies of Transience and Permanence in New Found Lands, edited by Peter Pope with Shannon Lewis-Simpson, pp. 299-309. Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology Monograph no. 8. Boydell and Brewer, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK.

Lisa Rankin and Amanda Crompton
2013 The Labrador Metis and the Politics of Identity: Understanding the Past to Negotiate a Sustainable Future. International Journal of Heritage and Sustainable Development 3(1):71-79.

Lisa Rankin and Amanda Crompton
2012 The Labrador Metis and the Politics of Identity: Understanding the Archaeological Past to Negotiate a Sustainable Future. In Heritage 2012: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, edited by Rogério Amoêda, Sérgio Lira and Cristina Pinheiro, pp.1435-1445. Greenlines Institute, Barcelos.

Lisa Rankin, Matthew Beaudoin and Natalie Brewster
2012 Southern Exposure: The Inuit of Sandwich Bay, Labrador. In Settlement, Subsistence and Change Among the Labrador Inuit: the Nunatsiavummuit Experience, edited by David C. Natcher, Larry Felt and Andrea Proctor, pp. 61-84. University of Manitoba Press, Winnipeg.

Lisa Rankin
2010 A People for All Seasons: Expressions of Inuit Identity Over the Past 500 Years in Southern Labrador. In Identity Crisis: Archaeological Perspectives on Social Identity, edited by Lindsay Amundse-Meyer, Nicole Engel and Sean Pickering, pp. 332-340. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Chacmool Conference, Calgary.

Matthew Beaudoin, Richard Josephs and Lisa Rankin
2010 Attributing Cultural Affiliation to Sod-Structures in Labrador: A Labrador Metis Example from North River. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 34(2):148-173.

Lisa Rankin
2008 Un-caching Hunter-Gatherer Culture in Labrador: From Daily Life to Long-Term History. North Atlantic Archaeology 1:117-156.

Richard Josephs and Lisa Rankin
2008 Micromorphological Investigations at the Upper Sandy Cove 3 and Porcupine

Recent Presentations

Lisa Rankin and Amanda Crompton
2014 We Know You’re Down There: Inuit Perspectives on Intercultural Engagement in Southern Labrador. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, QC, January 2014.

Amanda Crompton and Lisa Rankin
2014 We Know You’re Up There: French Perspectives on Intercultural Engagement in Southern Labrador. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, QC, January 2014.

Lisa Rankin
2013 The Dynamics of Intercultural Interaction as Seen from Sandwich Bay, Labrador. Paper Presented at the 46th Annual Chacmool Archaeology Conference, Calgary, AB, November 2013.

Lisa Rankin and Amanda Crompton
2013 Kayaks and Chaloupes: Labrador Inuit and the Seascapes of Cultural Contact. Paper presented at the Marine Ventures International Symposium, Trondheim Norway, September 2013.

Amanda Crompton and Lisa Rankin
2013 Chaloupes and Kayaks: French Amriners and the Seascapes of Cultural Contact. Paper presented at the Marine Ventures International Symposium, Trondheim Norway, January 2014.

Lisa Rankin and Amanda Crompton
2013 Trading and Raiding in Southern Labrador: French and Inuit Entanglement in the 18th Century. Paper Presented at the 46th Annual Canadian Archaeological Association Conference, Whistler, May 2013.

Lisa Rankin
2012 The Dynamics of Inuit-European Trade as seen from Sandwich Bay, Labrador. Paper presented at 18th Annual Inuit Studies Conference, Washington DC, October 2012.

2012 Reaching South: Inuit/European Trade Strategies on the Labrador Coast. Paper presented at the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting, St. John’s, NL, October 2012.

Lisa Rankin and Amanda Crompton
2012 The Labrador Metis and the Politics of Identity: Understanding the Archaeological Past to Negotiate a Sustainable Future. Paper presented at Heritage 2012, Porto, Portugal June 2012.

2011 Trajectories of Gender and Power on the Labrador Inuit Periphery. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Canadian Archaeological Association Conference, Halifax, NS, May 2011.

Lisa Rankin, Laura E. Kelvin and Phoebe Murphy
2010 Disseminating to Those that Care. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Chacmool Archaeology Conference, Calgary AB, November 2010.

Lisa Rankin
2010 Southern Exposure: The Inuit of Sandwich Bay, Labrador. In Settlement, Subsistence and Change Among the Inuit of Labrador. Paper presented at the 17th Inuit Studies Conference, Val D’or, QC, October 2010.

2010 Exploring the Role of the Inuit in the European Settlement of Sandwich Bay, Labrador. Paper presented at the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology Conference, St. John’s, NL. June 2010.

Lisa Rankin and Peter Ramsden
2010 Thule Radiocarbon Chronology and its Implications for Early Inuit-European Interaction In Labrador. Paper presented at the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology Conference, St. John’s, NL. June 2010.

Lisa Rankin
2009 A People for All Seasons: Expressions of Inuit Identity over the past 500 years in Southern Labrador. Paper presented at the 42th Annual Chacmool Archaeology Conference, Calgary, AB. November 2009.

Recent Awards

2009-2014 SSHRC CURA (PI) (Meritorious).
2010-2014 IRIF, Leverage Grant (PI).
2013 Memorial University President’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Supervision.
2010-2012 SSHRC Public Outreach Grant.
2012 Memorial University, Dean’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Supervision.
2012 Outstanding Paper, 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, Porto, Portugal,.

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