- B.A. Anthropology, concentration in Archaeology (Magna Cum Laude). Franklin Pierce College, 2006. Thesis: The Abel Platts Site Revisited: Life of a New Hampshire Pioneer. (Supervisor: Dr. Kelli Ann Costa)
- M.A. Archaeology. Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2011. Thesis: A Lesson in Stone: Examining Patterns of Lithic Resource Use and Craft-learning in the Minas Basin Region of Nova Scotia. (Supervisor: Dr. Michael Deal)
- Ph.D. Archaeology. Memorial University of Newfoundland, in progress.
Archaeological Theory and Method; History of Archaeological Thought; Cultural Resource Management; Education; Employment; Pre-contact; Archaeology of the Northeastern North America; Lithic Economies; Technological Organization; Lithic Analysis; Craft Specialization
My current research interests lie with modern-day archaeologists and the goal of my doctoral research is to analyze the impact of recent social and economic developments in the field of archaeology in Canada and the United States. Coupled with increased development and the implementation of legislation concerning the preservation of heritage resources, Cultural Resource Management companies employ the largest group of archaeologists in the private sector today. My project aims to explore the following question: Have academic institutions, pressured by politics and the economy, responded to market demands by orienting archaeology students towards skill-based training through a shift in educational curricula?
Research to date suggests that students who become field-technicians or field-workers do not have a role in the production of archaeological knowledge. This raises several important questions: What is sacrificed when students employed by the private sector are asked to aid in the excavation process but not in the interpretation of cultural materials? How does the development driven nature of CRM affect the production of archaeological knowledge (including our knowledge about the past) when pressured to fulfill work in an effective and expedient way? Has the role of the archaeologist within the public and private sectors been ultimately transformed by these expectations? Ultimately, my research attempts to understand whether there exists an interconnectedness among education, economic growth, and private sector employment which has affected the way archaeological knowledge is acquired and utilized today.
Department of Archaeology
St. John's, NL A1C 5S7