Department of Archaeology News

Conservation of 19th century rifles at MUN Conservation Lab.

Over the past few years, conservators in the Department of Archaeology have been working to preserve a crate of 19th century British Enfield rifles dredged from the Grand Banks in 2011.

Since their discovery, Conservator Donna Teasdale has used the specialist facilties housed at the Conservation Laboratory to reveal and stabilise the rifles which have spent over 150 years underwater.

Read more here.

Knowledge Mobilization and Engagement through Community Archaeology

Event Poster PDF.

On Friday 2 Dec, 3-5pm in QC-2013, a panel of researchers from the MUN archaeology community will speak about the impact and the lessons learned from the practice of “community archaeology” in fieldwork. This discussion will help to understand how engaging a community is a way to ensure good governance and implement best practices regarding heritage.

Contact Dr. Catherine Losier to find out more.

Come and join the discussion!

Dean's List students in Archaeology

Congratulations to a number of our Archaeology undergraduate students who have made this year's Dean's List in recognition of their outstanding achievements.


The research of Memorial archaeologists Dr. Lisa Rankin and Dr. Scott Neilsen features in episodes of  the Aboriginal People's Television Network (APTN) series Wild Archaeology.

Find out more in the MUN Gazette.

Bill Melbourne Archaeology Collection

 In a joint effort the Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeology Society and MUN students have produced a report documenting a privately-held collection of archaeological lithic artifacts from Burgeo on the south coast of Newfoundland.

2016 Inuit Studies Conference

Co-hosted by Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Nunatsiavut Government, the 20th Inuit Studies Conference will take place in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador from October 7th-10th, 2016.

Tors Cove - Summer Field School 2016

Supervised by Dr. Catherine Losier, the Archaeology Department's field school is currently underway at Tors Cove on the Southern Shore of the Avalon Peninsula.

Read more about the summer school in the MUN Gazette and on the CBC website.

Archaeological Field School Orientation (ARCH-3583)

Students participating in the Archaeological Field School Orientation had a unique experiential learning opportunity at MUN Botanical Garden during the Spring intercession.

Alicia Morry.

Archaeology undergraduate Alicia Morry is one of just two Memorial students to receive the Killam Fellowship in 2016. The award provides exceptional undergraduate students from Canadian universities with the opportunity to study at institutions in the United States.

Dr. Lisa Rankin.

Dr. Lisa Rankin, associate professor in the Department of Archaeology, has won the Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award from the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.

Corey Hutchings

Former MUN Archaeology student Corey Hutchings is a professional archaeologist who has been working in Cultural Resource Management for the past five years.

Dr. Scott Neilsen

Coinciding with the recent  Aboriginal Peoples Week, Dr. Scott Neilsen, Assistant Professor in Archaeology, discusses Memorial's new Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies Certificate program in the latest issue of the MUN Gazette.

Dr. Meghan Burchell

In the latest issue of the MUN Gazette, Dr. Meghan Burchell discusses her pioneering research on the shellfish middens of coastal  British Columbia and how they provide an environmental and cultural record  of how people lived and interacted with the environment thousands of years ago.

An Occasional Publication of Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, No. 3.

The latest special issue publication from the Newfoundland and Labrador Studies journal presents a set of papers which focus on the The French Presence in Newfoundland and Labrador: Past, Present, and Future.

Contributions from Dr. Peter E. Pope, Dr. Lisa Rankin and Dr. Amanda Crompton feature aspects of the archaeology of the historic French presence in Newfoundland and Southern Labrador.

Rigolet boardwalk

A recently completed 9km boardwalk links the town of Rigolet to the site of three 18th-century Inuit winter communal houses at Double Mer Point, Labrador. The Inuit houses have been excavated by Dr. Lisa Rankin and her students since 2012 and now visitors have the opportunity to view them too.

Read more about the Rigolet Boardwalk story in the MUN Gazette.