Features Archive





Meet Deirdre Elliott

What archaeologist Deirdre Elliott loves most about what she does is the stories – the stories she hears when she’s in the field and the stories she is able to tell through her research.

Read more about her here.


A good investment

Those that think an arts degree isn't a good investment might want to chat with archaeology student Molly Ingenmey, a recipient of the 2018 Heaslip Award, Memorial's largest scholarship for undergraduate students.

Read more about Molly and her accomplishment in the Gazette.




Pregnant in the field

As a male-dominated field, archaeology holds unique challenges to female researchers. Mun Archaeology's Catherine Losier is the first faculty member in the history of Memorial's archaeology department to be #pregnantinthefield - read more about her and other archaeologists who are ushering in a new era in the Gazette.


Landscape listener

What does rotting cod and soil enrichment do to landscapes? Quite a bit as it turns out, according to our adjunct faculty member Amanda Crompton. Read more in the Gazette.

Summer of seals

Bet you didn't know that seal teeth have rings like the trunks of trees which can be counted to see how old they are!

Congratulations to third year student Jenn Wilkins who has received a coveted NSERC / CRSNG undergraduate student research award to study seal teeth. 

Read more about Jenn's cool research project in the Gazette.



Ethical and inclusive research required to decolonize the Academy - Op ed by Lisa Rankin

An important op ed from Dr. Lisa Rankin on how ethical and inclusive archaeology can help decolonize the university. Read it in the Gazette.


PhD Defences

The following candidates will be taking their Final Oral Examination for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Archaeology.
Arthur Clausnitzer
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, 1pm
IIC 2014, Bruneau Centre for Research & Innovation
Title:The Seventeenth-Century English Cod Fisheries of Newfoundland and New England, circa 1600-1713: An Archaeological and Historical Comparison.

Megan Bower
Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, 1pm
IIC 2014, Bruneau Centre for Research Rsearch & Innovation
Title:Exploring the Potential of Strontium Isotope Analysis to Detect Archaeological Migration Events in Southern Ontario, Canada.

'Witchcraft and 19 other unique courses offered at Canadian universities'

The Department's 'Archaeological Frauds and Mysteries' course is one of a number of unique courses offered by Canadian Universities as reported by Global News. The course looks at the sensationalized and "unreal" side of archaeology, including a look at everything from Big Foot to aliens.

Visiting Speaker Series

Dr. Ran Barkai, Chair, Department of Archaeology, Tel-Aviv University.

Title of presentation: Cultural and biological transformations in the Middle Pleistocene Levant: A view from Qesem Cave, Israel.

Friday, September 8th at 3pm in QC-2013.


Course Offerings - Fall 2017

The Department is offering a number of exciting undergraduate and graduate level courses this Fall. Register soon to ensure your placement.


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...


The Ken Reynolds Scholarship in Beothuk Archaeology

Ken Reynolds' research helped define what we now know of the Beothuk’s essential role in the province’s cultural history. A scholarship honouring Ken's memory will support future research.

'Marine Ventures: Archaeological Perspectives on Human-Sea Relations'

This book examines how the marine environment has influenced human adaptations and social complexity in the past. Two papers co-authored by Lisa Rankin focus on the seascapes of historic Inuit-French cultural contact in southern Labrador.



Course Offering - Winter 2017

ARCH 3592: Norse Archaeology

This course explores Late Iron Age/Viking Age/Medieval responses to the "new": new technologies, new cultures, new ways of doing, new lands and new religions.  Students will work with raw materials of the period to better understand material culture, and the Norse in Newfoundland and Labrador will be considered within a global context.


Course Offering - Fall 2016

ARCH 2494: Game of Genders: Sex and Society in the Medieval North

This second-year interdisciplinary course will introduce students to the gender spectrum of the medieval north. Gender identity and expression are important to understand the individual within society.


Course Offering - Fall 2016

ARCH 1005: Critical Reading and Writing in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies.

This course features the analysis of scholarly literature, media, and others sources of knowledge related to Aboriginal and Indigenous studies. This is the Introductory course for the new Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies.

Course Offering - Fall 2016

ARCH 6685: When Worlds Meet: Nature/Culture and Ontological Conflicts.

This graduate course explores the theoretical developments that are putting into question the modern ontological divide between nature and culture. Students will investigate the implications that these developments have for scientific and political practices, and will examine the emerging attempts at understanding ontological multiplicity and conflicts which challenge the most basic assumptions about the ultimate consititution of reality.


'Contact in the 16th Century: Networks among Fishers, Foragers and Farmers'

A new book, Contact in the 16th Century: Networks among Fishers, Foragers and Farmers, presents new research on the archaeology and history of early contacts between Europeans and First Nations peoples throughout Eastern and Atlantic Canada.

'Etudes Inuit Studies: The Inuit in southern Labrador'

The latest volume of  Études Inuit Studies presents research that examines the Inuit occupation of southern Labrador. With a particular focus on Inuit-European contact and relations the volume features articles by Peter Pope and Lisa Rankin.



A new book, by Dr. Catherine Losier, examines the commercial networks of French Guiana during the Ancien Regime

Dr. Catherine Losier's research details the economic and social aspects of colonial life in French Guiana during the Ancien Régime (pre-revolutionary France). Her analyses of archaeological collections and historic documents relating to the colonial French plantations of the period (1688-1794) provide new insights into the commercial networks linking French Guiana to France, as well as to the Caribbean islands and North-American colonies.

Read more here.



Studying Archaeology at Memorial: What students have to say

In this short video graduate and undergraduate students reflect on their experiences studying Archaeology at MUN.

SSHRC funding awarded to Dr. Meghan Burchell and MA students

Congratulations to Dr. Meghan Burchell who has been awarded a substantial grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Dr. Burchell is one of 32 researchers at Memorial who received a combined total of more than $4.2 million in federal support.

Congratulations are also extended to MA students Amy Chase, Deidre Elliott, Alison Harris and Natasha Leclerc who each received  the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship.


Winter 2016 Course Offering - ARCH 2493: Archaeology on Film

The Dept. of Archaeology will be offering ARCH 2493: Archaeology on Film during the winter semester. 

This course explores the use of archaeology as a popular backdrop to many films and documentaries. Yet, the manner in which archaeology is represented in modern film is hardly realistic, or is it? The portrayal of archaeology in popular film will be discussed in order to determine what movies convey to the public about archaeological method and theory as well as the historical stories that archaeologists investigate.


Per Course Instructors: Winter 2016 semester

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

For more details see Job Postings.

Closing Date: October 27, 2015


Field School 2016: Tors Cove

The Department of Archaeology’s 2016 field school will take place at Tors Cove on the Southern Shore of the Avalon Peninsula, south of St. John’s.

Dr Catherine Losier will lead the excavation of the 17-18th century English migratory fishery occupation at Tors Cove, as well as the non-invasive survey of a 19th-century cemetery site.

ARCH 3594: Archaeology of Sport

This course surveys the rich global archaeological record of past sporting practices.  While sports associated with Classical Mediterranean civilizations have been well-described, archaeology hints at a much wider – indeed, cross-culturally universal - record of sports and athletic games. 

Classes will explore the full human record of sport, beginning with the emergence of a modern human body equipped for running and other forms of athleticism, and exploring the evidence – sporting equipment, competition venues, artistic depictions, skeletal traces  and more - from diverse times and places.



    Classics Guest Lectures: Roman Vindolanda

    The Departments of Archaeology and Classics present two guest lectures (Nov. 20-21) on the archaeology and history of the Roman fort of Vindolanda located just south of Hadrian's Wall, UK.

    Course offering - Winter 2015

    ARCH 2590: Basic Research and Writing about the Archaeological Past is aimed at
    introductory level students who are curious about how archaeologists uncover
    evidence about the past.

    Course offering - Winter 2015

    ARCH 3290: Newfoundland and Labrador Prehistory explores the culture history of Newfoundland and Labrador from about 9,000 years ago until the time of European settlement.

    ISER Books: History and Renewal of Labrador's Inuit-Metis

    This collection of essays presents new research on the archaeology, history, and contemporary adaptations of Inuit-Métis of central and southeastern Labrador.

    Archaeologist Tim Rast demonstrates flintknapping techniques to students

    Memorial Archaeology undergraduate students have received a demonstration of flintknapping techniques by archaeologist Tim Rast of Elfshot as part of their studies in archaeological techniques, methodology and theory.


    Tenure-Track Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor, Historical Archaeology

    The Department of Archaeology invites applications for a tenure-track position in Historical Archaeology, at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting July 1, 2015.

    New Course Offerings in Archaeology - Fall 2014

    ARCH 3584/HIST 3535 - Historical Anthropology investigates the ways that archaeologists and anthropologists use the documentary record.

    ARCH 3688 - The Archaeology of Coastal Landscapes explores past human-environmental interaction at coastal sites.

    ARCH 3536/HIS 3536 - Object Lessons: Putting Strange Things in Context explores the interpretation of unique objects, especially those which have been separated, in some way, from their historical context or archaeological assemblage.


    CNEHA 2012

    The CNEHA 2012 conference is fast approaching, have you registered yet? We have so many great events planned, be sure to sign up for our tours and don't miss out on the Open-Vault workshops at the Rooms! The deadline to register for the awesome Post-conference tour is September 14th!


    Colony of Avalon
    The Colony of Avalon is now open for the season!


    North Atlantic Archaeology Journal Accepting Submissions for Vol. 3
    The North Atlantic Archaeology journal is now accepting submissions for Volume 3.
    Congratulations Dr. Amanda Crompton!
    Congratulations to Amanda Crompton on passing her PhD oral defense with distinction. Well done!


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