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***UPDATED*** Job Opportunities: PCIs Winter 2018

Last updated: 17th Nov 2017.

The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching the following undergraduate courses in the Winter Semester 2018.

  • ARCH 1005/ HIST 1005-001: Critical Reading and Writing in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies.
  • ARCH 4015: Cultural Resource Management.
  • ARCH 1005/ HIST 1005-003: Critical Reading and Writing in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies.
  • ARCH 1005/ HIST 1005-083: Critical Reading and Writing in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies.

Visit our Employment Opportunities page to find out more.


      Job Opportunities: PCIs Winter 2018 Semester

      The Department of Archaeology invites applications for Per Course Instructor positions available for three undergraduate courses in the Winter 2018 semester.

      Closing Date: Friday, November 3, 2017.

        Genetic insights into the Maritime Archaic and Beothuk populations of Newfoundland

        New research using ancient DNA has revealed the genetic discontinuity of the Maritime Archaic and Beothuk populations of Newfoundland. The collaborative work of an interdisciplinary team, which included Memorial researchers Dr. Vaughan Grimes and recent Archaeology graduate Alison Harris, suggests that the island was populated multiple times by distinct groups in the past.

        The results of the research are available from the open access journal Current Biology.


        Broken Bones: Sailors' skeletons are the research focus of Banting Fellow

        Dr. Madeleine Mant is the recipient of Memorial's first Banting post-doctoral fellowship to be housed in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

        Dr. Mant's research will examine the lives and deaths of 18th- and 19th-century sailors through the study of their skeletal remains.

        Read more in the Gazette


        CFI funding award supports environmental archaeological science

        A new collaboration between Dr. Meghan Burchell and Dr. Kris Poduska has been recognized with an award from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). The funding will be used to establish a laboratory with state of the art equipment to increase research capacity in microscopy, petrography and chemical characterization studies.

        Read more in the Gazette.


        A Summer of Archaeology!

        Many of our faculty and graduate students undertook fieldwork over the summer. A number of the research projects offer regular updates on the work being done and can be followed on social media.

        See our Facebook feed for more details.


        In memory of Peter Pope (1946-2017)

        It is with great sadness that the Department of Archaeology marks the passing of Dr. Peter Pope, eminent archaeologist and historian, colleague and friend.


        Archaeology student recognized with self-directed learning award

        Daniel Rees, a student in the Department of Archaeology, is the winner of the 2017 Memorial University Award for Outstanding Self-Directed Learning.


        PhD proposal defence: Bryn Tapper, 17/2/2017

        Bryn Tapper will be defending his PhD proposal on Friday 17th February at 3:30pm in QC-2013, entitled 'Rock art landscapes of the Canadian Maritimes'.

        Speakers Series 2017

        The Department is pleased to announce the schedule for the Speakers Series 2017. Over the next few weeks a number of our graduate students will be defending their research proposals or providing updates on their current research.


        Field School 2017

        The Department of Archaeology’s 2017 field school will take place in Saint-Pierre et Miquelon located off the southwest coast of Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula. Find out more...

        Conservation of 19th century rifles undertaken at MUN

        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.



        Knowledge Mobilization and Engagement through Community Archaeology

        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.  Contact Dr. Catherine Losier to find out more.

        Come and join the discussion!

        Dean's List 2015-16: Archaeology undergraduates recognised

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

        'Wild Archaeology': Memorial archaeologists feature in TV documentary series

        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.


        NLAS and MUN students collaborate to analyse Burgeo lithic collection

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

        Employment Opportunities: Per Course Instructors - Winter 2017 semester

        The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching undergraduate courses in the Winter 2017 semester.

        Visit the Employment Opportunities page for more details.


        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 at MUN Botanical Garden

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


        Job Posting: Per Course Instructors - Fall Semester 2016

        The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching undergraduate courses in the Fall 2016 semester.

        More details here.

        Alicia Morry receives Killam Fellowship

        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 honoured for graduate student mentoring

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

        Alumnus of the Month and former archaeology student - 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 co-ordinates the Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies Certificate program

        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.


        PhD proposal defence: Asta Rand, 4/1/2016

        Asta Rand will be defending her PhD proposal on Friday, April 1st from  3:15-4:45 in QC-2013, entitled 'Prehispanic Maya Subsistence and Movement: Determining the Utility of Stable Sulphur Isotope Analysis'.

        Peering into the past: Using biology and chemistry of shells for archaeological interpretation

        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.


        Knapping not napping in class!

        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. 

        Newfoundland and Labrador Studies special issue: The French Presence

        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.

        Blue Box Seminar Series 05/02/2016: Neha Gupta

        On Friday, 5th February from 3-4pm in SN-2025, Neha Gupta, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography will present a seminar titled 'Aryan Mythology in Indian Archaeology'.


        Archaeology at Rigolet: 9km boardwalk completed

        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.

        M.A. proposal defense 29/01/2016

        Robyn Lacy, Natasha Leclerc, Kayley Sherret and Meghan Walley will be defending their M.A. proposals on Friday 29th January at 3:15 in QC-2013. Their research topics are:

        Robyn Lacy: Here lieth interr’d: An Examination of the 17th-Century burial landscape of coastal British North America.

        Natasha Leclerc: Biogeochemical Approach to the Interpretation of Clam Harvesting and Seasonal Settlement Strategies in Traditional shíshálh Territory, British Columbia.

        Kayley Sherret:  The Inuit of Snooks Cove: An Analysis of Changing Lifeways in Groswater Bay.

        Meghan Walley: Queering the Angakok: An Archaeological Investigation of Non-Binary Gender Among Pre-Contact Inuit.

        Graduate Student Speakers Series 22/01/2016: Vincent Jankunis

        On Friday, January 22nd from 3:15-4pm in QC-2013, Vincent Jankunis will discuss the preliminary results of his M.A. research: "Rigolet 2015: An Archaeological Odyssey".

        Undergraduate students present at SHA 2016

        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.

        Graduate Student Speakers Series 15/01/2016

        On Friday, January 15th from 3:15-4pm in QC-2013, Deidre Elliott will discuss the preliminary results of her M.A. research:'20,000 Seals Under the Sea: Human-Animal Interactions in Labrador.'

        Graduate Student Speakers Series 08/01/2016

        On Friday, January 8th from 3:15-4pm in QC-2013, Anita Johnson-Henke will discuss the preliminary results of her MA research: 'Life's a Beach: Recovering Cultural and Geographic Data from the Intertidal Zone at the Beaches (DeAk-01) Site, Bonavista Bay.'

        Graduate Student Speakers Series 08/01/2016

        On Friday, January 8th from 3:15-4pm in QC-2013, Anita Johnson-Henke will discuss the results of her MA research fieldwork:'Life's a Beach: Recovering Cultural and Geographic Data from the Intertidal Zone at the Beaches (DeAk-01) Site, Bonavista Bay.'



        North Atlantic Archaeology Vol.4 (2015) now available

        Volume 4 (2015) of the North Atlantic Archaeology journal is now available.

        The journal publishes archaeological research articles and preliminary reports focusing on, or related to, the archaeology of the North Atlantic region.

        Winter semester 2016: Course offerings

        Course offerings for the Winter semester 2016 are now available. Consult the full listings of undergraduate and graduate courses for further details.

        The last day for adding courses is 20th January, 2016. Register soon to ensure placement!


        PhD Proposal defence: Adrian Morrison, 27/11/2015

        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'.

        Graduate Student Speakers Series 20/11/2015

        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."

        Dean's List 2014-15: Archaeology undergraduates recognised

        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.

        Visiting Lecturer Series: Dr. Don Holly

        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].

        Archaeology students 'go Viking'

        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.

        MUN Alumnus of the Month and former archaeology student - 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 23/10/2015

        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 Speakers Series 16/10/2015

        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."


        Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeological Society Symposium

        The Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeological Society will be hosting a Symposium in Honour of the 100th Anniversary of James P. Howley's book "The Beothucks or Red Indians".

        New Graduate Students

        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).

        Graduate Student of the month: 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.


        Visiting Lecturer Series: Dr. Brian Thom

        Visiting Lecturer Dr. Brian Thom (Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria) will be presenting the talk "Innovations in Ethnographic Mapping and Indigenous Cartography"  on Friday, March 27th. 

        Job Opportunities Available with Parks Canada

        Parks Canada is accepting resumes for the following positions: Contract Management Archaeologist (HR-02) and Industrial Archaeology Contract Management Supervisor. 


        Trent @ 50

        Dr. Lisa Rankin is one of 10 distinguished alumni invited to participate in Trent @ 50, a celebration of 50 years of Anthropology at Trent University. Photo Credit: Dr. Heather Killop

        Visiting Lecturer Series: Dr. Mike Richards

        Visiting Lecturer Dr. Mike Richards (Department of Anthropology, UBC) will be presenting the talk“The 'Paleo-diet' and the Archaeological Evidence for the Evolution of Human Diets” on January 16th.



        Investigating the genetic prehistory of the New World Arctic

        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.

        New evidence of early metalworking in Arctic Canada

        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.


        Archaeology graduates present at CAPA 2014

        Four graduate students from the Applied Archaeological Sciences research group attended the recent Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology (CAPA)42nd Annual Meeting hosted by the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB.

        SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Scholarships

        Congratulations to M.A. students Jess Munkittrick and Anatolijs Venovcevs, and Ph.D candidate Asta Rand for receiving the prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS scholarships.

        CNEHA 2014: Catherine Hawkins wins student paper award

        Congratulations to M.A. student Catherine Hawkins who won the student paper award at this year's CNEHA conference held in New Jersey, USA.

        Dean's List 2013-2014: Archaeology

        The Dean's List is a way of recognizing excellence in students who are registered for a BA or BA Honours degree.


        3-Minute Thesis Competition

        Congratulations to M.A. student Anatolijs Venovcevs who was second-place in the recent MUN 3MT Competition. Watch his presentation here.

        Faculty cross-appointment

        Congratulations to Dr. Vaughan Grimes, Assistant Professor in the Department of Archaeology who has just been cross-appointed to the Department of Earth Sciences.


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