Guest Speakers: Prof. Ian McNiven and Prof. Lynette Russell discuss Indigenous archaeology in Australia

The Department of Archaeology is pleased to announce upcoming guest speakers, Prof. Ian McNiven and Prof. Lynette Russell of the Indigenous Studies Centre of Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Professor McNiven will present a talk titled "Dead and Alive: Archaeology of Torres Strait Islander spiritual and ritual relationships with the sea", on Monday, September 16, 4:00pm in QC-2013. [PDF Poster].

Professor Russell will present a talk titled "Wunungu Awara: Digital Humanities and Animating Indigenous Knowledge", on Tuesday, September 17, 4:00pm in ARTS 1046. [PDF poster]

Everyone is welcome to attend these exciting talks!

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MUN Archaeology team wins 2019 CAA Ethics Bowl

Congratulations to the MUN Archaeology team for winning the 2019 Ethics Bowl at the Canadian Archaeological Association annual meeting in Quebec City!

The team comprised graduate students Julia Brenan, Ivan Carlson, Mallory Champagne and Natasha Miller.

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Dr. Jim Tuck - A tribute

Following the recent passing of Dr. Jim Tuck, faculty pay tribute to a pioneering archaeologist and driving force behind Newfoundland and Labrador's most significant historic sites.

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Graduate students awarded prestigious research funding

The Department is pleased to announce that a number of our graduate students have recently been awarded prestigious research fellowships and scholarships.

  • Ph.D student Deirdre Elliott is the recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship for her research project 'The hunt for whales: Labrador Inuit whaling in the archaeological record.'
  • Ph.D student Julia Brenan is the recipient of the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship for her research project 'Exposing toxic legacies: The history of WWII industrial contamination on Indigenous lands and the implications for people and the archaeological record.'
  • Master's candidates Alexa Spiwak and Megan Garlie are the recipients of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Master's Scholarship for their research on 'A Slater or Two: Exploring the 17th-Century Slate Industry at Ferryland' and 'Degenerative Joint Diseases at the Fortress of Louisbourg' respectively.
  • Furthermore, Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Laura Kelvin is the recipient of the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship for her research on the 'Avertok Archaeology Archive Project'.

See the recent article in the Gazette for more details.

Congratulations everyone!

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Isotope analysis reconstructs Dorset and Beothuk subsistence and diet in Newfoundland over the past 1500 years

Exciting new research provides a dietary reconstruction and chronology of the Dorset and Beothuk peoples of Newfoundland over the past 1500 years. Published in the open access journal PLOS ONE, 'Dorset Pre-Inuit and Beothuk foodways in Newfoundland, ca. AD 500-1829' also asseses the impact of European colonization on Beothuk lifeways.

The research has been carried out by Alison Harris (former Archaeology graduate student at the MUN Applied Archaeological Sciences lab, and currently a PhD candidate at the Universities of Stockholm and York), Dr. Vaughan Grimes, and colleagues. 

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"Time On Their Hands" exhibit opened at Queen's College

On Friday 23 November, Dr. Madeleine Mant and Retired Captain David Harvey of Her Majesty's Penitentiary launched the "Time On Their Hands" exhibit in the Great Hall of Queen's College, Memorial University, St. John's.

The well-attended event was covered by CBC News, and see the MUN Gazette article and our departmental Facebook (28/11/2018) for more details.

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Palaeoenvironment of Newfoundland's north the focus of new postdoctoral research

The department welcomes Dr. Paul Ledger who is currently investigating palaeoenvironmental impacts at two of Newfoundland’s most iconic archaeological sites.

Cross-appointed with the Department of Geography, Dr. Ledger is a specialist in palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and chronological modelling and will be undertaking postdoctoral research on the Dorset era remains at Port aux Choix, and the Norse occupation at L’Anse aux Meadows.

Find out more here.

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