- 2000: DEC in Fine Arts, Dawson College, Montreal, QC
- 2007: BA in Cultural Anthropology (minor Classical Archaeology), Concordia University, Montreal, QC.
Historical archaeology; identity; material culture; sensory
archaeology and theories of embodiment; archaeology of African-American slavery.
Maritime Consumption on Newfoundland's Petit Nord:
Material Expressions of Identity on the Champs Paya Fishing Room (1540-1904)
Excavations at the Champs Paya fishing room (EfAx-09) on Newfoundland's Historical French Shore have revealed many insights about the seasonal, shore-based, dry-salt-cod fishery in the New World. Over the course of five years of excavation, under the direction and supervision of Dr. Peter Pope and doctoral candidate Mélissa Burns, the larger project, "An Archaeoloy of the Petit Nord", has exposed the Champs Paya as a rich source of early maritime material culture, with over 20,000 artefacts recovered and researched by Dr. Pope's past and present students.
The personal consumer goods recovered from this site have not, as yet, been thoroughly documented and analysed. These include buttons, buckles, shoes, cuff-links, smoking pipes, cutlery, religious devotional items, coins, and bottle glass. For my MA thesis, I intend to shed some light on how this eclectic assemblage may have assisted in reinforcing individual and community identity for the Champ Paya's seasonal occupants in the context of the fishing stage as a seasonal consumption site.