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Paulina Dobrota



  • B.Sc. Anthropology, University of Toronto, 2011
  • M.A. Archaeology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2014


2011 The Richard B. Lee Award in Critical Anthropology (for “Technologies Consuming Pain and Suffering: New Perspectives on the Cultural Appropriation of Images”)

Research Interests

Arctic hunter-gatherers; soil science applications in archaeology; the effects of rising global temperatures on permafrost; the prehistory of gender; queer theory; transhumanism and cyborgs 

For my MA, I am using three methods of soil analysis - micromorphology, paleoethnobotany and geochemistry - to study tent rings from an Inuit summer camp, in South Labrador. My research aims to develop an approach that is better suited for tent ring floors, outdoor sites and other temporary occupations associated with the Inuit summer component.  


Boyer, D., Silcox, M., Bloch, J., Coleman, M., Dobrota, T. 2011. NEW SKULL AND ASSOCIATED POSTCRANIA OF IGNACIUS GRAYBULLIANUS (MAMMALIA,?PRIMATES) FROM THE EOCENE OF WYOMING Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology, SVP Program and Abstracts Book 2011: 76A.

Conference Papers

“Inuit Plant Use in South Labrador: Huntingdon Island 5 (FkBg-03), Sandwich Bay, Labrador”, presented at the 47th Conference of Historical and Underwater Archaeology of the Society of Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, QC, Jan 8-12, 2014

“The Age of Cyborgs: the Archaeology of Technologically Mediated Forms of Embodiment”, presented at Renewing/ Reworking the Body, UBC, Okanagan, Kelowna, May 3-4, 2013