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Department of Archaeology News

Adrian Morrison PhD Proposal defence image

Adrian Morrison will be defending his PhD proposal on Friday 27th November at 3:15 in QC-2013, entitled 'Merchants, Migrants, and Military Men: An Archaeology of Life in Early Eighteenth-Century Canso, Nova Scotia'.

Amy Chase talk.

On Friday, November 20th from 3:15-4pm in QC-2013, Amy Chase will discuss the results of her MA research: "Adventures in Cantabrian Paleolithic Art: Neandertal dots and a thesis on the rocks."

Archaeology undergraduates recognised on the Dean's List 2014-15.

Congratulations to our archaeology undergraduate students who were recognised during the Dean’s List award ceremony on October 22nd.

The Dean's List is a way of recognising excellence in students who are registered for a BA or BA Honours degree. Compiled annually in the spring, it includes the very best students.

Don Holly Presentation

Visiting Lecturer Dr. Don Holly (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Eastern Illinois University) will be presenting the talk "Amerindian-Paleoeskimo Relations & the Competitive Exclusion Hypothesis"  on Friday, November 6th at 3:15-5pm p.m. in QC-2013. Please see the poster for more information. All are welcome to attend!

Poster [PDF].

As part of their studies examining Norse culture, MUN archaeology students recently got a chance to experiment with Viking-era weaponry and tactics with  the help of  a group of local re-enactors.

The workshop, led by professor Shannon Lewis-Simpson who currently teaches the Norse archaeology course, is featured in a CBC News article.

Jeffrey Sturge

Jeffrey Sturge is a writer and producer of documentary and reality television in Toronto. He graduated from Memorial University in 1997 with a BA degree (major in anthropologgy). 

In this month's Alumnus of the Month interview Jeffrey reflects on his time as an archaeology student at MUN and the benefits this had on his subsequent career as a professional archaeologist and researcher.

Graduate Student Speakers Series 2015: Anatolijs Venovcevs

On Friday, October 23rd from 3:15-4pm in QC-2013, Anatolijs Venovcevs will discuss "The Cabins in the Woods: Archaeology of Newfoundland's Transhumant Periphery."

International Archaeology Day 2015

MUN archaeology graduate and undergraduate students recently participated in
International Archaeology Day 2015 held at the Rooms Provincial Museum in St. John's.

Graduate Student Speaker Series

On Friday, October 16th from 3:15-4pm in QC-2013, Simon Newcombe will discuss "Where Seagulls Dare: An Examination of an Officer's(?) Barracks on Bois Island."

New Graduate students 2015

The Department extends a warm welcome our new MA and PhD students.

Pictured (l-r): Natasha Leclerc, Robyn Lacy, Kayley Sherret, Jess Munkittrick,  Katy D'Agostino and Meghan Walley  (Absent: Jamie Brake).

Amy Chase

The Faculty of Arts has just launched a new weekly web feature - meet Amy Chase, our graduate student of the month.

A second year archaeology student Amy is originally from Victoria, British Columbia, where she completed her BA in Anthropology at the University of Victoria. Amy studies prehistoric art and Neanderthal and modern human cognition and interaction and recently received a Scotiabank bursary to study cave paintings in Cantabria, Northern Spain.

Looking for ancient human remains in northern Greenland (credit and copyright: Claus Andreasen).

Members of the Department of Archaeology, Dr. Vaughan Grimes and the late Prof. Priscilla Renouf, were among an international team of researchers who co-authored a recent article in the prestigious journal Science investigating the genetics of prehistoric Arctic populations.

Geoarchaeology Journal

New evidence from Baffin island suggests an early (pre-Columbian) European presence in the Canadian Arctic, and may represent the earliest evidence of high-temperature nonferrous metalworking in the New World north of Mesoamerica.