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Dominic Lacroix


  • B.Eng., Université de Sherbrooke, 1999
  • M.A., University of Calgary, 2009
  • Ph.D., Memorial University, in progress

Research Interests

Pre-contact archaeology; landscape theory; archaeological geophysics; remote sensing; submerged landscapes; geoarchaeology; coastal and island archaeology; sea level change; coastal geomorphology; palaeoenvironment; palaeogeography; Archaic period

Current Research

My current research is exploring the way various Amerindian groups inhabiting the island of Newfoundland during the Archaic period interacted with each other, their mainland neighbours, and the landscapes in which they dwelled. My approach focuses on the distribution of diagnostic artifacts of the period in Newfoundland and their relationship to those found in adjacent mainland regions, the routes of travel linking these various regions together, changes in sea level and coastal morphology and their effects on the archaeological record and our interpretations of it, and landscape theory.

This research is funded, in part, by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council through a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship. The tools and methods used to reconstruct the evolution of palaeo-landscapes and their palaeo-environments are the result of an ongoing collaborative research endeavour facilitated by the Submerged Landscape Archaeological Network (SLAN), regrouping researchers from a number of academic and governmental institutions in both Ireland and Canada.


Dawson, Peter C., Richard M. Levy, Gerald A. Oetelaar, Charles Arnold, Dominic Lacroix, and Glen Mackay
2009 Documenting Mackenzie Inuit Architecture Using 3D Laser Scanning. Alaska Journal of Anthropology 7(2):29–44.

Maillol, Jean-Michel, Richard D. Garvin, Jane H. Kelley, and Dominic Lacroix
2009 Ground Penetrating Radar Surveys of Viejo Period Settlements of the Chihuahua Culture, Upper Santa Maria Valley, Chihuahua, Mexico. ArchéoSciences, 33(suppl.): 105–107.

Bikoulis, Peter, Dominic Lacroix, and Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown (editors)
2009 Postcolonial Perspectives in Archaeology. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Chacmool Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary.

Conference Papers

Lacroix, Dominic
2011 Visibly Yours: Maritime Archaic Site Location in Newfoundland. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association, Halifax.

2010 From Geophysical Dataset to Archaeological Knowledge: Bridging the Interpretive Gap through Computer Modeling, a GPR Example. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association, Calgary.

2008 Simulated GPR Anomalies as a Tool for Survey Planning and Data Interpretation. Paper presented at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver.

Dawson, Peter C., Richard M. Levy, Charles Arnold, Gerald Oetelaar, and Dominic Lacroix
2008 Documenting Mackenzie Inuit architecture using 3D Laser Scanning. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Budapest, Hungary.


Dominic Lacroix
Department of Archaeology
Memorial University
St. John’s, NL A1C 5S7