Department of Archaeology News

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.

ARCH 4153 - Lithic Analysis

Students in this semester’s ARCH 4153 - Lithic Analysis class are gaining hands-on experience in manufacturing (knapping) stone tools, and working with artifacts from Newfoundland and Labrador to gain practical skills in analyzing lithic artifacts. 

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.

Undergraduate students, Daniel Rees and Chanelle Zaphiropoulos.

Two of our undergraduate students, Daniel Rees and Chanelle Zaphiropoulos, presented at the SHA 2016 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology held on 6-9 January, in Washington, D.C.

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.