Lisa Rankin


Position

Professor

Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award, Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools, 2016
Recipient of President's Award for Outstanding Graduate Supervision, 2013
Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research
Past-President of the Canadian Archaeological Association

Academics

Ph.D. McMaster University, 1998
M.A.  Trent University, 1994
B.A. (Hons.) University of British Columbia, 1991

Contact

Email: lrankin@mun.ca
Phone: (709) 864-4808
Office: QC 4009
CURA Website
Personal Website


Research Interests

Post-medieval cultural encounters in the archaeological record between Labrador Inuit and Europeans, and interactions between Northeastern Indigenous populations over the past several Millennia; hunter-gatherers; ethnicity and identity; landscapes; settlement patterns; eastern Sub-Arctic.


Current Research Interests

My current research focuses on the Inuit occupation of Groswater Bay, Labrador. Between 2013-2016 we are carrying out work at the Double Mer Point site in southern Labrador. Double Mer is one of several early historic Inuit sites located near the community of Rigolet, in Hamilton Inlet, Nunatsiavut. The Double Mer Point site is one of a large number of historic period Inuit sites in Labrador that represent the ‘Communal House Phase’. This phase, usually considered to span the 18th century, saw a shift in Inuit settlement from small, single-family dwellings to larger multi-family houses. Until recently, it was believed that this was a northern and central Labrador phenomenon, with the newly-emerging traders transportingsea mammal products from the north to European traders in southern Labrador, and returning with European items of iron, glass, ceramic and cloth. In the last few years, however, we have demonstrated that there was also a communal house phase in southern Labrador, and that it may have begun there earlier than in the north (e.g. Murphy 2012). It is now necessary to re-examine the communal house phenomenon, which appears to be much more complex and dynamic than we thought. In the light of all of this, Double Mer Point is an ideal site at which to conduct an in-depth re-examination of Inuit culture and culture change in the 18th century.

Prior to this project, I directed the CURA project Understanding the Past to Build the Future, a five-year multidisciplinary study of the history of the Inuit Métis of southern Labrador. It was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The research objectives include investigating the Inuit occupation of Southern Labrador, collecting and analyzing evidence of Inuit-European interactions, documenting cultural changes, and bringing the history of the Métis into the present day. Research activities include archaeology, ethnography, archival study, and genealogy. For more information on this project and on my work in general, please visit my personal webpage.


Student supervision

Ph.D. Dissertations

Davies, Michelle (in progress). Research topic: Hebron Family Archaeology.
Brake,
Jamie (in progress). Research topic: Heritage Policy and Legislation in Nunatsiavut.
D'Agostino, Katy (in progress). Research topic: Groswater Bay Reassessment and Site Interpretation.
Jalbert, Catherine (in progress)  Research topic: Archaeology in Canada: Surveying the Discipline. (Co-supervised with Dr. Meghan Burchell).
Fay, Amelia (2016). Understanding Inuit-European Contact along the Labrador Coast: A Case for Continuity.
Neilsen, Scott (2015). An archaeological history of Ashuanipi, Labrador.
Mounier, R. Alan (2008). The Aboriginal Exploitation of Cuesta Quartzite in Southern New Jersey.

M.A. Theses

Sinclair, Jacinda (in progress). Research topic: Revisiting Hopedale: A Reassessment of an Inuit Whaling Community.
Pouliot, Laurence (in progress). Research Topic: Labrador Inuit and Europeans: More than Just Trade (Université Laval, co-supervised with Reginald Auger).
Sherret, Kayley
(in progress). Research topic: The Inuit of Snooks Cove: An Analysis of Changing Lifeways in Groswater Bay.
Jankunis, Vincent (in progress). Research topic: Inside and Out: The Organizaion of Space at the 18th Centruy Inuit Communal House Site of Double Mer Point, Labrador. (ISER Fellowship).
Collins, Andrew (in progess). Research topic: Putting the Pieces Together: Labrador Inuit Acquisition, Use, Reuse and Distribution of European Ceramics During the Communal Sod House Phase.
Bohms, Jeralyn (2015). Illuminating Inuit Life at Double Mer Point: The Excavation of an 18th-century Communal Winter House. (ISER Fellowship)
Hamilton, Tyrone (2015). An Experimental Geochemical Characterization Analysis of Archaeological Iron from the Central Contact Period of Newfoundland and Labrador. (ISER Fellowship). (Co-supervised with Dr. Meghan Burchell)
White, Lori (2015). The Saddle Island Cemetery: Human Remains at a Sixteenth-Century Basque Whaling Station.
Dobrota, Paulina (2014). Integrated Soil Analysis at an 18th-Century Inuit Summer Camp: Huntingdon Is 5 (FkBg-3), Sandwich Bay, South Labrador. (SSHRC Fellowship).
Davies, Michelle (2014). Changing Relations: Gender, Work and Value among the Inuit in 18th Century Labrador. (SSHRC Fellowship).
Brandy, Eliza (2013). Inuit Animal Use and Shifting Identities in 19th Century Labrador: The Zooarchaeology of Snooks Cove. (SSHRC Fellowship).
Keddy, Joshua (2013). An Analysis of Artifact Morphology and Material Frequency in Eight Early to Middle Labrador Archaic Lithic Assemblages from Northern Labrador. (SSHRC Fellowship).
Hutchings, Corey (2011). Complexity and Continuity: Labrador Archaic Occupations at Nulliak Cove. (ISER Fellowship)
Kelvin, Laura (2011). The Inuit-Metis of Sandwich Bay: Oral Histories and Archaeology. (SSHRC Fellowship).
Murphy, Phoebe (2011). The Southern Labrador Component of the Labrador Inuit Communal House Phase: An Analysis of an 18th-century Inuit House at Huntingdon Island 5, Sandwich Bay, Labrador. (SSHRC Fellowship).
Fleming, Robyn (2009). Robert's Cove (DjAv-05): A Transitional Recent Indian Site on the Northeast Coast. (SSHRC Fellowship).
Hardenberg, Marianne (2009). In Search of Thule Children: Miniature Playthings as a Means of Socializing Children.
Barnable, Stuart (2008). Rattling Brook 1 (DgAt-1): An Examination of Middle Dorest Inner Bay Settlements. (ISER Fellowship).
Beaudoin, Matthew (2008). An Archaeological Examination of a Multi-Ethnic Sod House in Labrador (FkBg-24). (ISER Fellowship).
Pace, Jessica (2008). This is Where I Live, but it's not my Home: Archaeology and Identity in Sandwich Bay, Labrador. (SSHRC Fellowship).
Brake, Jamie (2007). Ashuanipi Kupitan: Excavation at the Ferguson Bay 1 Site in Western Labrador. (SSHRC Fellowship).
Neilsen, Scott (2006). Intermediate Indians: The View from Ushpitun 2 and Pmiusiku 1. (ISER Fellowship).
Brewster, Natalie (2005). The Inuit in Southern Labrador: A View from Snack Cove. (SSHRC Fellowship).
Campbell, Jennifer (2004). The Huron of the Kawartha Lakes: Faunal Exploitation Strategies as Indicators of Change During the Pre, Proto and Historic Periods. (SSHRC Fellowship).
Wolff, Christopher (2003). Middle Dorset in Southern Labrador: An Examination of Three Small Sites from the Porcupine Strand. (ISER Fellowship).

B.A. Honours Essays

Hutchings, Corey (2006). Complexes and Chronology at Nulliak Cove.
Negrijn, Meghan (2006). Atlantic Cod Otoliths and Snack Cove Three.
Fleming, Robyn (2005). A Study in Lithic Debitage from Central Labrador.
Miles, Peter (2004). Amerindian Lithic Assemblages from the Porcupine Strand.


Recent Publications

Lisa K. Rankin and Amanda Crompton
2016 Kayaks and Chaloupes: Labrador Inuit and the Seascapes of Cultural Contact. In Marine Ventures: Archaeological Perspectives on Human-Sea Relations, edited by Hein Bjerck, Heidi M. Breivik, Silje E. Frentheim, Ernesto L. Piana, Birgitte Skar, Angélica M. Tivoli, A. Francisco and J. Zangrando, pp. 383-398. Equinox Publishing, Sheffield, England

Amanda Crompton and Lisa K. Rankin
2016 Chaloupes and Kayaks: French Mariners and the Seascapes of Cultural Contact. In Marine Ventures: Archaeological Perspectives on Human-Sea Relations, edited by Hein Bjerck Heidi M. Breivik, Silje E. Frentheim, Ernesto L. Piana, Birgitte Skar, Angélica M. Tivoli, A. Francisco and J. Zangrando, pp. 311-323. Equinox Publishing, Sheffield, England.

Lisa K. Rankin and Amanda Crompton
2016 Meeting in the Straits: Intersecting Inuit and European Trajectories in Southern Labrador. In Contacts in the 16th Century: Networks among Fishers, Foragers and Farmers, edited by Brad Loewen and Claude Chapdelaine pp. 11-29. Mercury Series Archaeology Paper #176, Canadian Museum of History and the University of Ottawa Press, Ottawa.

Lisa K. Rankin
2015 Identity Markers: Interpreting Sod-house Occupation in Sandwich Bay, Labrador. Études/Inuit/Studies 39(1):91-116.

Lisa K. Rankin, Marianne Stopp and Amanda Crompton
2015 Introduction: The Inuit of Southern Labrador. Études/Inuit/Studies 39(1):5-14.

Lisa K. Rankin, Marianne Stopp and Amanda Crompton, Editors
2015 The Inuit of Southern Labrador. Études/Inuit/Studies 39(1).

Lisa K. Rankin
2015 Trading and Raiding in Southern Labrador: French and Inuit Entanglement in the 18th Century. In La Présence Française à Terre-Neuve- et - Labrador : D'hier à Demain. The French Presence in Newfoundland and Labrador: Past, Present and Future. Edited by Scott Jamieson, Anne Pelta and Anne Thareau, pp. 140-158. Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, Occasional Publication no.3, St. John’s.

Lisa K. Rankin
2014 Inuit Settlement on the Southern Frontier. In History and Renewal of Labrador’s Inuit-Métis, edited by John Kennedy, pp. 38-61. ISER Press, St. John’s.

Phoebe Murphy and Lisa K. Rankin
2014 Exploring the Communal House Phase in Sandwich Bay. In History and Renewal of Labrador’s Inuit-Métis, edited by John Kennedy, pp. 62-74. ISER Press, St. John’s.

Laura Kelvin and Lisa K. Rankin
2014 The Inuit-Metis of Sandwich Bay: Oral Histories and Archaeology. In History and Renewal of Labrador’s Inuit-Métis, edited by John Kennedy, pp. 120-134. ISER Press, St. John’s.

Lisa K. Rankin
2013 The Role of the Inuit in the European Settlement of Sandwich Bay, Labrador. In Exploring Atlantic Transitions: Archaeologies of Transience and Permanence in New Found Lands, edited by Peter Pope with Shannon Lewis-Simpson, pp. 310-319. Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology Monograph no. 8. Boydell and Brewer, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK.

Peter Ramsden and Lisa K. Rankin
2013 Thule Radiocarbon Chronology and its Implication for Early Inuit-European Interaction in Labrador. In Exploring Atlantic Transitions: Archaeologies of Transience and Permanence in New Found Lands, edited by Peter Pope with Shannon Lewis-Simpson, pp. 299-309. Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology Monograph no. 8. Boydell and Brewer, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK.

Lisa K. Rankin and Amanda Crompton
2013 The Labrador Metis and the Politics of Identity: Understanding the Past to Negotiate a Sustainable Future. International Journal of Heritage and Sustainable Development 3(1):71-79.

Lisa K. Rankin and Amanda Crompton
2012 The Labrador Metis and the Politics of Identity: Understanding the Archaeological Past to Negotiate a Sustainable Future. In Heritage 2012: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, edited by Rogério Amoêda, Sérgio Lira and Cristina Pinheiro, pp.1435-1445. Greenlines Institute, Barcelos.

Lisa K. Rankin, Matthew Beaudoin and Natalie Brewster
2012 Southern Exposure: The Inuit of Sandwich Bay, Labrador. In Settlement, Subsistence and Change Among the Labrador Inuit: the Nunatsiavummuit Experience, edited by David C. Natcher, Larry Felt and Andrea Proctor, pp. 61-84. University of Manitoba Press, Winnipeg.

Lisa K. Rankin
2010 A People for All Seasons: Expressions of Inuit Identity Over the Past 500 Years in Southern Labrador. In Identity Crisis: Archaeological Perspectives on Social Identity, edited by Lindsay Amundse-Meyer, Nicole Engel and Sean Pickering, pp. 332-340. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Chacmool Conference, Calgary.

Matthew Beaudoin, Richard Josephs and Lisa K. Rankin
2010 Attributing Cultural Affiliation to Sod-Structures in Labrador: A Labrador Metis Example from North River. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 34(2):148-173.

Lisa K. Rankin
2008 Un-caching Hunter-Gatherer Culture in Labrador: From Daily Life to Long-Term History. North Atlantic Archaeology 1:117-156.

Richard Josephs and Lisa K. Rankin
2008. Micromorphological Investigations at the Upper Sandy Cove 3 and Porcupine.


Recent Presentations

Barry Gaulton and Lisa K. Rankin
2016 Archaeological Heritage as a Catalyst for Public Engagement, Rural Rejuvenation, and Rethinking our Shared Past: Perspectives from a Quarter Century of Community Archaeology in Newfoundland and Labrador. Paper presented at the Association for Critical Heritage Studies. Montreal, June 2016.

Lisa K. Rankin
2016 Untangling and Interpreting Inuit Ethnicity(ies) in Southern Labrador. Paper Presented at the 49th Annual Canadian Archaeological Association Conference. Whitehorse, May 2016.

Lisa K. Rankin
2015 Shifting Targets: How Ancient Inuit Settlement Strategies Impact Modern Land Claims. Paper presented at Aboriginal Citizenship in the 21st Century: A Time for Challenge and Change Conference. St. John’s, March 2015

Lisa K. Rankin
2014 Trading and Raiding in Southern Labrador. Paper presented at the Trent University 50th Anniversary Celebrations. Peterborough, October 2014.

Lisa K. Rankin and Amanda Crompton
2014 We Know You’re Down There: Inuit Perspectives on Intercultural Engagement in Southern Labrador. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, QC, January 2014.

Amanda Crompton and Lisa K. Rankin
2014 We Know You’re Up There: French Perspectives on Intercultural Engagement in Southern Labrador. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, QC, January 2014.

Lisa K. Rankin
2013 The Dynamics of Intercultural Interaction as Seen from Sandwich Bay, Labrador. Paper Presented at the 46th Annual Chacmool Archaeology Conference, Calgary, AB, November 2013.

Lisa K. Rankin and Amanda Crompton
2013 Kayaks and Chaloupes: Labrador Inuit and the Seascapes of Cultural Contact. Paper presented at the Marine Ventures International Symposium, Trondheim Norway, September 2013.

Amanda Crompton and Lisa K. Rankin
2013 Chaloupes and Kayaks: French Amriners and the Seascapes of Cultural Contact. Paper presented at the Marine Ventures International Symposium, Trondheim Norway, January 2014.

Lisa K. Rankin and Amanda Crompton
2013 Trading and Raiding in Southern Labrador: French and Inuit Entanglement in the 18th Century. Paper Presented at the 46th Annual Canadian Archaeological Association Conference, Whistler, May 2013.

Lisa K. Rankin
2012 The Dynamics of Inuit-European Trade as seen from Sandwich Bay, Labrador. Paper presented at 18th Annual Inuit Studies Conference, Washington DC, October 2012.

2012 Reaching South: Inuit/European Trade Strategies on the Labrador Coast. Paper presented at the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting, St. John’s, NL, October 2012.

Lisa K. Rankin and Amanda Crompton
2012 The Labrador Metis and the Politics of Identity: Understanding the Archaeological Past to Negotiate a Sustainable Future. Paper presented at Heritage 2012, Porto, Portugal June 2012.

2011 Trajectories of Gender and Power on the Labrador Inuit Periphery. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Canadian Archaeological Association Conference, Halifax, NS, May 2011.

Lisa K. Rankin, Laura E. Kelvin and Phoebe Murphy
2010 Disseminating to Those that Care. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Chacmool Archaeology Conference, Calgary AB, November 2010.

Lisa K. Rankin
2010 Southern Exposure: The Inuit of Sandwich Bay, Labrador. In Settlement, Subsistence and Change Among the Inuit of Labrador. Paper presented at the 17th Inuit Studies Conference, Val D’or, QC, October 2010.

2010 Exploring the Role of the Inuit in the European Settlement of Sandwich Bay, Labrador. Paper presented at the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology Conference, St. John’s, NL. June 2010.

Lisa K. Rankin and Peter Ramsden
2010 Thule Radiocarbon Chronology and its Implications for Early Inuit-European Interaction In Labrador. Paper presented at the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology Conference, St. John’s, NL. June 2010.

Lisa K. Rankin
2009 A People for All Seasons: Expressions of Inuit Identity over the past 500 years in Southern Labrador. Paper presented at the 42th Annual Chacmool Archaeology Conference, Calgary, AB. November 2009.


Recent Awards

2015-2020 SSHRC Partnership Grant (Co-Investigator)
2009-2014 SSHRC CURA (PI) (Meritorious).
2010-2014 IRIF, Leverage Grant (PI).
2013 Memorial University President’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Supervision.
2010-2012 SSHRC Public Outreach Grant.
2012 Memorial University, Dean’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Supervision.
2012 Outstanding Paper, 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, Porto, Portugal,.

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