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Bryn Tapper

Bryn TapperPrevious Education

  • BA, Archaeology & History, University of Southampton, UK, 1998

  • MA, Archaeology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2014


Dr. Oscar Moro Abadía
Dr. Michael Deal


Rock art; landscape archaeology; ethnoarchaeology; ethnohistory; ontology; Maritime Algonquian culture.

Research statement

My Ph.D research seeks to provide a more detailed understanding of the graphic content and landscape context of indigenous rock art sites in the Canadian Maritime Provinces. Framing the rock art, spatially and temporally, within broader Maritime Algonquian cultural traditions I investigate how petroglyphs, as a medium through which indigenous ontologies were made and expressed over time, enabled indigenous people to conceive their own past and negotiate their changing conditions. This can provide new perspectives on pre-contact indigenous cultural life in the Maritimes, and contribute to the understanding of how indigenous groups of the region adjusted to the arrival of Europeans from the 16th century onwards.