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Melissa Burns

Academics

  • BA, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Université Laval, Québec City, May 2001
  • BA, Archaeology, Université Laval, Québec City, May 2006
  • MA, Archaeology, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, May 2009. Thesis: Symbol of the French Presence in Newfoundland: Breton Crosses and Calvaries -1680 to Today.
  • PhD, Archaeology, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador (in progress). Thesis: Four Hundred Years of Occupation: Adaptive Strategies of Breton Fishermen to the Landscape of the Petit Nord Region of Newfoundland.

Research Interests

Historical archaeology, social history and historical anthropology, French presence in Newfoundland and Canada, landscape archaeology, fisheries, whale hunters, archaeology of death and religious practices.


Conferences

2009 Symbol of the French Presence in Newfoundland: Breton Crosses and Calvaries –1680 to Today. Paper presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA), Toronto, ON.

2008 Archaeology of the Petit Nord; Learning from People along the Northeast Coast of Newfoundland. Paper presented at the Canadian Archaeologists Association (CAA), Peterborough, ON.

2008 Présence française au Petit Nord: croix et calvaires Breton. Poster presented at Association des Archéologues du Québec (AAQ), Québec city, QC.

2008 Croix et calvaires Breton: Sommaire des fouilles archéologiques de 2007 à Dos-de-Cheval (EfAx-09) et d’un voyage en Bretagne. Paper presented for the Centre Inter-universitaire d’Etudes sur les Lettres, les Arts et les Traditions (CELAT), Université Laval, Québec.

2007 Breton Crosses and Calvaries: Summary of a field season on the Petit Nord and a Road Trip in Brittany. Paper presented for the French Newfoundland Studies Research Group.

2007 Symbols of the French Presence in Newfoundland: Breton Crosses and Calvaries on the Petit Nord. Paper presented at the Canadian Archaeologists Association (CAA), St John’s, NL.


Publications
Burns, Mélissa et al. 2004. Plan de gestion du patrimoine archéologique pour l’arrondissement des Chutes-de-la-Chaudière-Est de la ville de Lévis, Université Laval, Québec.

Pope, Peter E., Mélissa Burns, Amy St John and Stéphane Noël, 2009. An Archaeology of the Petit Nord –Summer 2008, Provincial Archaeology Office, unpublished report on file, St John’s, NL.

Pope, Peter E., Mélissa Burns, Jennifer Jones and Geneviève Godbout, 2008. An Archaeology of the Petit Nord –Summer 2007, Provincial Archaeology Office, unpublished report on file, St John’s, NL.

Contact

Department of Archaeology
Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador
St. John's, NL, A1C 5S7, Canada
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