News Archive


2021


September

New Publication: New insights into ancient Maya diets and migration using sulfur isotope signatures

A new study in ancient Maya bioarchaeology and geochemistry spearheaded by Dr. Claire Ebert at the University of Pittsburgh and co-authored by an interdisciplinary team including Dr. Asta Rand at Memorial University, introduces a new approach to investigate ancient Maya diet and mobility using stable sulfur isotope analysis from burials.

The paper, "Sulfur isotopes as a proxy for human diet and mobility from the Preclassic through Colonial periods in the Eastern Maya lowlands" is published in PLoS ONE.

Read more >

August

Employment Opportunities: GA positions, Fall semester 2021

The Department of Archaeology is hiring two Graduate Assistant positions for the Fall Semester 2021.The two positions are:

    • 1. Virtual Workshop Technical Support (DEADLINE: Wed, 8 Sept)
    • 2. Great Hall Displays Support (DEADLINE: Fri, 17 Sept)

      Read more >

      July

      Employment Opportunity: PCI position, Fall semester 2021

      The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching the following undergraduate course in the Fall Semester 2021

      • ARCH 4172 - Post-Colonial Archaeology

      Visit our Employment Opportunities page for more detail.

      Deadline for applications: Wednesday, July 18th

      May

      Employment Opportunities: PCI positions, Fall semester 2021

      The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching the following undergraduate courses in the Fall Semester 2021.

      • ARCH 1005 - Critical Reading and Writing in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies
      • ARCH 2492 - Forensic Archaeology
      • ARCH 4015 - Cultural Resource Management
      • ARCH 4152 - Zooarchaeology

      Visit our Employment Opportunities page for more detail.

      Deadline for applications: Monday, June 14, 2021.

      PhD proposal defence: Rita Onah, 7 May 2021

      Rita Onah will be defending her PhD proposal, 'The Archaeology of Resilience', on Friday, May 7th at 1:00pm.

      Everyone is welcome to attend.

      This will be a virtual proposal defence using the Webex platform, and the link to the Online Room is here: https://mun.webex.com/mun/j.php?MTID=mbdd8236c96f773de55da6ee5f4097df8
      Meeting number (access code): 132 228 1708
      Meeting password: PAtuhe4HV44

      March

      Graduate Speakers Series 2021: MA Research Talks, 9 April

      (Poster PDF)

      As part of the Graduate Speakers Series 2021, a number of our Masters students will be presenting updates on their ongoing research on Friday, 9 April, 2021 at 1pm.

      • Jake De La Plante will present his research Re-examining the Lives of an 18th-Century Garrison at Admiral's Point, Trinity, Newfoundland.
      • Jeffrey Speller will discuss The Use of Peat Bogs by Indigenous Peoples in Northern North America.

      Use the following link to access the Online Room that will be used to broadcast the presentations: https://mun.webex.com/mun/j.php?MTID=maed127216c343816af3eb2390ea4b50a

      Please join us, and keep safe.

      New book co-edited by Dr. Oscar Moro Abadía examines the 'Ontologies of rock art'

      Congratulations to Dr. Oscar Moro Abadía on the publication of his co-edited book (with Dr. Martin Porr of the University of Western Australia) 'Ontologies of Rock Art: Images, Relational Approaches, and Indigenous Knowledges'.

      With contributions from an international group of researchers this book explores a wide range of ontological approaches to rock art interpretation, constituting the basis for ground-breaking studies on Indigenous knowledges, relational metaphysics, and rock imageries.

      The volume includes chapters from faculty and doctoral students in the Department. Dr. Moro Abadía and Amy Chase discuss Neanderthal “art”, Dr. Peter Whitridge and James Williamson discuss contemporary graffiti in Newfoundland, and Bryn Tapper discusses postcontact Mi’kmaw petroglyphs from Nova Scotia.

      Congratulations to Dr. Asta Rand for successfully defending her dissertation

      Congratulations to Dr. Asta Rand for successfully defending her dissertation entitled, "Prehispanic and colonial Maya subsistence and migration: evidence from stable sulfur isotope analysis."

      Very well done Asta, and all the best for your future career!!

       

      PhD defence: Asta Rand, 03/03/2021

      On Wednesday March 3, at 1pm, PhD Candidate, Asta Rand will be defending her doctoral dissertation, 'Prehispanic and colonial Maya subsistence and migration: contributions from stable sulfur isotope analysis'.

      Here is the meeting link: https://mun.webex.com/mun/j.php?MTID=m13d31fb1a5a1e0086bece8f691e6ede1

      Please do not join the meeting early, and instead, click on the link at 1pm. This is to allow the examination committee to meet before the candidate's presentation. Microphone etiquette is extremely important when having a multi-person conference. If possible, please wear headphones to isolate your audio to help provide a good experience for everyone involved.

      February

      Professor Lisa Rankin discusses how archaeology links to contemporary society in Newfoundland and Labrador

      Check out this terrific Youtube video in which Professor Lisa Rankin discusses how the Department of Archaeology has forged links with communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador through a number of community-based archaeology projects. In particular, Dr. Rankin talks about her research and collaboration with Inuit communities in central and southern Labrador.

      Student Jared Hogan wins 2020 Pro Vice-Chancellor's Prize for undergraduate research paper

      Congratulations to undergraduate student Jared Hogan for having been awarded the 2020 Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for his ARCH 4041: Palaeopathology paper “Life Course and Intergenerational Trauma in the Bioarchaeological Record”!

      This award recognises outstanding research essays completed in their courses by undergraduate students. Great work Jared!

       

      Graduate Speaker Series 2021: MA Thesis Proposal Defences, 12 Feb, 2021

      Please join us this week for our final set of research proposal presentations to be given by our MA students [Poster PDF]. All the presentations will be ONLINE ONLY.

      On Friday 12 Feb at 1:00pm, MA students Pier-Ann Millard and Carlos Salazar Guerra will present their research proposals.

      Type/copy this link into your web browser: https://mun.webex.com/mun/j.php?MTID=m86324541810087e24ffebc2f95a034a5
      Meeting number: 132 989 2059.
      Meeting password: m6kVUJD6XM4.

      PhD proposal defence: Kathryn D'Agostino, 12/02/2021

      Kathryn D'Agostino will be defending her PhD proposal, 'Craft commodification and cultural preservation through a contemporary archaeology lens', on Friday, February 12th at 10:00am. Everyone is welcome to attend.

      This will be a virtual proposal defence using the Webex platform, and the link to the Online Room is here: https://mun.webex.com/mun/j.php?MTID=macb11b49400a8ab774e908ec51f920d3
      Meeting number (access code): 132 383 2003
      Meeting password: AZperPJm588

      Employment Opportunity: PCI position Spring2021

      The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching the following online undergraduate course in the Spring Semester 2021.

      • ARCH 2481-081- Ancient Civilization of the Americas.

      Visit our Employment Opportunities page for more detail.
      Deadline for applications: Wednesday February 17, 2021.

      Graduate Speaker Series 2021: MA Thesis Proposal Defences, 4-5 Feb, 2021

      Please join us this week for the first set of research proposal presentations to be given by our MA students [Poster PDF]. All the presentations will be ONLINE ONLY.

      January

      Graduate Speaker Series 2021: PhD proposal defence - David Finch, 5/02/2021

      David Finch will be defending his PhD proposal, 'Practicing heritage: Community-based archaeology and learning in Labrador', on Friday, February 5th at 10:00am. Everyone is welcome to attend.

      This will be a virtual proposal defence using the Webex platform, and the link to the Online Room is here: https://mun.webex.com/mun/j.php?MTID=macb11b49400a8ab774e908ec51f9 20d3
      Meeting number (access code): 132 907 9585
      Meeting password: bAZECnFq422

      PhD proposal defence: Kirstine E. Møller, 29/01/2021

      Kirstine E. Møller will be defending her PhD proposal, 'Colonial encounters: continuity and change in the meeting between Inuit and the Moravian Brethren in Colonial Greenland', on Friday, January 29th at 10:00am.Everyone is welcome to attend.

      This will be a virtual proposal defence using the Webex platform, and the link to the Online Room is here: https://mun.webex.com/mun/j.php?MTID =m23ba7e35fa286974f9dde2d01924287d
      Meeting number (access code): 132 583 4425
      Meeting password: ZPhmMFUC325

       

      Study Recruitment! Honours Student Jared Hogan is looking for participants for his project titled 'Perceptions of Archaeology in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador'

      Jared is recruiting participants (18+) from the St. John’s and metro area (including Mount Pearl, Paradise, CBS, and Portugal Cove - St. Philips) to complete an online survey on the perception of Archaeology for his Honours Project. Find out more >

      ** Please note that participation is not a requirement of any organization, program or other intermediaries who may distribute or advertise this survey on behalf of the Principal Investigator and/or the Supervisor. Additionally, this is a student research project and not a departmental endeavor. The Department of Archaeology nor the researchers will know who does and does not participate in the survey.


      2020


      December

      *** Employment Opportunity: Graduate Assistant position - Winter 2021***

      The Department of Archaeology is hiring 1 Graduate Assistant position for the Winter 2021 semester.

      Visit our Employment Opportunities page for further details.

      November

      PhD candidate James Williamson awarded very first Dr. Ingeborg Marshall Award for Beothuk Studies

      We are starting the week with more great news for our graduate students. PhD candidate James Williamson has been awarded very first Dr. Ingeborg Marshall Award for Beothuk Studies.

      The objective of this award is to advance understanding of the Beothuk people, culture, heritage, and position in Newfoundland and Labrador society, and was recently established by Dr. Ingeborg Marshall (Order of Newfoundland and Labrador). James received this scholarship in support of his research Beothuk Settlement Patterns on the Exploits River. Congratulations James!

      PhD candidate Asta Rand wins Oschinksy-McKern student presentation award at CAPA-ACAP 2020

      Congratulations to PhD candidate Asta Rand for winning the Oschinksy-McKern Award for best student presentation at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology/L'Association Canadienne D'Anthropologie Physique (CAPA-ACAP) which took place online from November 4-6, 2020.

      The paper, entitled "Ancient Maya Catchment Use: Stable Sulphur Isotopic Evidence from Caledonia, Cayo District, Belize" was a synchronous online presentation co-authored by Asta J.Rand, Carolyn Freiwald, and Vaughan Grimes.

      The Oschinksy-McKern Award honours Dr. Lawrence Oschinsky and Dr. Thomas McKern, two researchers who were seminal to the study of physical anthropology in Canada and abroad. The award is valued at $500 and is presented to the top student podium presentation presented at CAPA-ACAP's Annual Meeting (more information about the history of the award can be found here: https://capa-acap.net/eligibility-and-history-student-awards).

      MA student Jake De La Plante wins student paper competition at CNEHA 2020

      Congratulations to MA student Jake De La Plante who won the student paper competition at this year’s Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology (CNEHA) virtual conference on November 6-7th.

      Jake presented his paper: “LOOK BEHIND YOU! Exploring the Landscape of Admiral’s Point using 360 Degree Photography as a Method for Accessible Online Site Documentation and Presentation." Through the use of 360 photography, Jake aims to create a virtual and accessible web based document of the sites surviving archaeological features and the surrounding landscape.

      October

      Employment Opportunities: PCI positions Winter 2021

      The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching the following online undergraduate courses in the Winter Semester 2021.

      • ARCH 1005 / HIST 1005 - Critical Reading and Writing in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies
      • ARCH 4015  - Cultural Resource Management

      Visit our Employment Opportunities page for more detail.

      Deadline for applications: Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

      August

      New publication: Strontium isotope ratios in East Africa and implications for palaeoanthropology and archaeology

      A new paper published in the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology  provides the first mapped predictions of the spatial variation in bioavailable strontium isotope ratios for East Africa.

      Co-authored by Associate Professor Vaughan Grimes the research represents a crucial resource for future work on ancient and modern animal and human mobility in the region, with important implications for hominin and human evolution, the dispersal of food-producing populations, and large-scale mammalian migrations.

      July

      PhD proposal defence: Julia Brenan, 05/08/2020

      Julia Brenan will be defending her PhD proposal, 'Toxic Inheritance: WWII Contamination in Labrador and its Implications for Heritage', on Wednesday, August 5th at 10:30am. Everyone is welcome to attend.

      This will be a virtual proposal defence using the Webex platform, and the link to the Online Room is here: https://mun.webex.com/mun/j.php?MTID=m144f8debf21758093c46dc822689a458

      Meeting number (access code): 132 005 3376
      Meeting password: gKDDmShS488

      PhD proposal defense: Aubrey O'Toole, 28/07/2020

      Aubrey O'Toole will be defending her PhD proposal, 'Investigating the intersection of material culture and identity among New Netherlanders and their descendants, 1650-1750', on Tuesday, July 28th at 10:00am.

      Everyone is welcome to attend.

      This will be a virtual proposal defence using the Online Rooms of Brightspace, and the link to the Online Room is here: https://ysu-na.youseeu.com/sync-activity/invite/894544/7489cf3ceb51df53a069a7964d50ab73?lti-scope=d2l-resource-syncmeeting-list

      June

      New publication: Diversity in Labrador Inuit sled dog diets

      MUN Archaeology alumni Alison Harris, current doctoral student Deirdre Elliott and faculty members Drs. Lisa Rankin, Peter Whitridge and Vaughan Grimes have recently co-authored Diversity in Labrador Inuit sled dog diets: Insights from δ13C and δ15N analysis of dog bone and dentine collagen published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.

      The authors, with others, use stable isotope analysis to reconstruct Labrador Inuit sled dog provisioning along the Labrador coast between the 15th and early 19th centuries.

      Anti-racism statement

      The Department of Archaeology at Memorial University stands in solidarity with Black, Indigenous and People of Colour engaged in the struggle against anti-Black racism today and every day and with communities around the world protesting overt and systemic racism, injustice, and inequality.

      We are committed to learning more, and fighting oppression in archaeology while providing a space free of discrimination for our students and all members of the community. We will work to address racism, racist violence and discrimination through ongoing conversations and awareness-building.

      Read the Canadian Archaeological Association's statement about how archaeologists in Canada can fight racism.

      Employment Opportunities: PCI positions Fall 2020

      The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching the following online undergraduate courses in the Fall Semester 2020.

      • ARCH 1005 - Critical Reading and Writing in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies
      • ARCH 3588 - Arctic Archaeology
      • ARCH 4182 - History of Archaeology

      Visit our Employment Opportunities page for more detail.

      Deadline for applications: Friday, June 19, 2020.

      May

      A tribute to Gerry Penney

      We were deeply saddened to learn about the loss of Gerry Penney on the 14th of May. Tip Evans, a former employee of the department, has written a tribute to Gerry. Many thanks to Tip for writing and sharing with us such personal and hearfelt memories about Gerry and his contributions to archaeology, and the archaeological community, of Newfoundland and Labrador.

      The Department of Archaeology would like to express their condolences to the family of Gerry Penney, as well as all of those who had the privilege of counting him as friend.

      April

      Working remotely

      THE DEPARTMENT OF ARCHAEOLOGY REMAINS OPEN, BUT WE ARE WORKING REMOTELY.

      Faculty, staff and researchers should be contacted via email.

      Keep safe everyone.

      March

      Graduate Speakers Series 2020: MA Research Talks, 3 April

      [PDF Poster]

      As part of the Graduate Speakers Series 2020 a number of our Masters students will be presenting updates on their ongoing research on Friday, 3 April, 2020 at 1pm.

      Please use the following link to access the Online Room that will be used to broadcast the presentations: https://ysu-na.youseeu.com/sync-activity/invite/539545/c6817a079a955ecea0f0abe406573015?lti-scope=d2l-resource-syncmeeting-list

      The presentations will consist of 5-minute talks (with slides) for each student. These will be followed by a question and answer period.

      Please join us, and keep safe!

      Employment Opportunity: PCI position Spring 2020

      The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching the following online undergraduate course in the Spring Semester 2020.

      • ARCH 2494-081- Game of Genders

      Visit our Employment Opportunities page for more detail. Deadline for applications: Tuesday, April 14, 2020.


      Joint Tenure-Track position, Assistant Professor, Archaeology and Geography: Job Talk by Dr. Paul Ledger, 16 March 2020

      As part of the Digitalization Job Search for a joint tenure-track Assistant Professor position, the Departments of Archaeology and Geography are pleased to host a presentation by candidate Dr. Paul Ledger from Memorial University titled "Time Future contained in time past: unlocking biocultural legacies held within natural and cultural archives."

      Dr. Ledger will be presenting at 4pm on 16 March in Queen's College QC-2013.

      ***UPDATE - In accordance with university policy limiting gatherings of more than 25 people, Dr. Ledger’s talk is now restricted to Archaeology and Geography faculty only. ***

      Joint Tenure-Track position, Assistant Professor, Archaeology and Geography: Job Talk by Dr. Kelly Monteleone, 9 March 2020

      As part of the Digitalization Job Search for a joint tenure-track Assistant Professor position, the Departments of Archaeology and Geography are pleased to host a presentation by candidate Dr. Kelly Monteleone from the University of Calgary titled "Our Submerged Past: Locating Submerged Archaeological Sites in Southeast Alaska."

      Dr. Monteleone will be presenting at 4pm on 9 March in Queen's College QC-2013.

       

      February

      PhD proposal defense: Amy Chase, 13/03/2020

      Amy Chase will be defending her PhD proposal, 'A colorful history: Iron and manganese oxide pigment utilization and procurement at El Castillo Cave, Spain', on Friday, March 13th at 1.30pm in QC-2013.

      Everyone is welcome to attend.

      MUN Archaeology Field School 2020: Excavating 'The Pebble', Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

      *** CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 ***

      The 2020 MUN Archaeology Field School will take place in Anse à Bertrand located just outside the city of Saint-Pierre in the French overseas territory of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.This site was occupied between the 17th and 20th centuries and formed an important part of the historic cod fisheries and trade networks of the North Atlantic.

      Students will participate in a variety of archaeological activities in the field and laboratory, including archival research, geophysics, survey, excavation, conservation and cataloguing.

      Contact Dr. Catherine Losier for more information.

      *** CANCELLED***Archaeology Seminar Series 2020: Prof. Neil Price discusses conflict archaeology in the Pacific

      *** CANCELLED***

      The Department of Archaeology's Seminar Series for 2020 continues with a talk by Prof. Neil Price of the University of Uppsala who will discuss "War of the Worlds: The Present Past on a Pacific Island Battlefield, 1944-2020".

      Join us on Friday 20th March between 3-4pm in QC-2013.

      Employment Opportunity: PCI positions Spring 2020

      The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching the following undergraduate courses in the Spring Semester 2020.

      • ARCH 1000 - Intro to Archaeology and Bioarchaeology
      • ARCH 2481 - Ancient Civilization of the Americas

      Visit our Employment Opportunities page for more detail.

      Deadline for applications: Friday, February 28, 2020

      Labrador Institute Archaeology Field School 2020

      *** CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 ***

      The 2020 Labrador Institute Archaeology Field School will take place in North West River, Labrador from June 29-July 31, 2020.

      Led by Dr. Scott Neilsen, participants will develop skills valuable in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences through the study of place and heritage.

      Read more >

      January

      Graduate Speakers Series 2020: MA Thesis Proposal Defenses

      Please join us this Friday, 31 January 2020 starting at 1pm in QC-2013 for the research proposal presentations of MA students Jake De La Plante, Ian Predham, and Jeffrey Speller (PDF Poster).

      All are welcome to attend.

      Archaeology Seminar Series 2020: Dr. Severin Fowles discusses Pueblo iconology

      The Department of Archaeology's Seminar Series for 2020 gets underway with a talk by Dr. Severin Fowles of Columbia University who will discuss "The Curious Case of Coronado’s Shields: Towards an Iconology of Pueblo Visual Culture on the Eve of Spanish Colonialism". Join us on Thursday 6th Feb between 4-5:30pm in QC-2013.


      2019


      November

      Employment Opportunity: Joint Tenure-Track position, Assistant Professor, Archaeology and Geography

      The Departments of Archaeology and Geography invite applications for a joint tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.

      Read more.

      PhD proposal defense: James Williamson, 06/12/2019

      James Williamson will be defending his PhD proposal, 'Discovering Beothuk House-pits in the Exploits River Valley', on Friday, December 6th at 1.00pm in QC-2013.

      Everyone is welcome to attend.

      Employment Opportunity: PCI position Winter 2020

      The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching the following undergraduate course in the Winter Semester 2020.

      • ARCH 1005/ HIST 1005-083- Critical Reading and Writing in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies

      Visit our Employment Opportunities page for more detail.

      Deadline for applications: Monday December 2nd 2019.

      MA student Leena Bethune wins student paper competition at CNEHA 2019

      Congratulations to MA student Leena Bethune who won the student paper competition at this year’s Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology (CNEHA) conference in Lake George, NY.

      Read more ...

      Course Offering Winter 2020: Arch3592 - Norse Archaeology

      Curious about the Norse - their lifeways, beliefs, power structures, and encounters in the Medieval world of the North Atlantic?

      Find out more about ARCH 3592 - Norse Archaeology to be taught by Dr. Shannon Lewis-Simpson in the Winter semester 2020.

      Course Offering Winter 2020: Anth2220 - Labrador Society and Culture

      Are you interested in the interaction between environment, society, and culture in Labrador, from the arrival of First Peoples to the present day?

      Find out more about Anth 2220 - Labrador Society and Culture to be taught by Dr. Scott Neilsen in the Winter semester 2020.

      October

      PhD proposal defense: Deirdre Elliott, 23/10/2019

      Deirdre Elliott will be defending her PhD proposal, 'The Hunt for Whales: Labrador Inuit whale use in the archaeological record', on Wednesday, October 23rd at 12.00pm in QC-2013.

      Everyone is welcome to attend.

      NEW employment opportunities: PCIs Winter 2020

      The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching the following undergraduate courses in the Winter Semester 2020.

      • ARCH 1005/HIST1005: CRW in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies (Distance)
      • ARCH 2492: Forensic Archaeology (St. John's Campus)
      • ARCH 3291: First People of the Maritimes (St. John's Campus)
      • ARCH 4152: Zooarchaeology (St. John's Campus)
      • ARCH 4153: Lithic Analysis (St. John's Campus)

      Closing date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

      See our Employment Opportunities page for more details.

      PhD proposal defense: Brent Suttie, 11/10/2019

      Brent Suttie will be defending his PhD proposal, 'The Business of Archaeology: A critical examination of emergent vs. entrenched methods and approaches to archaeological field assessment', on Friday, October 11th at 1pm in QC-2013.

      Everyone is welcome to attend.

      June

      Employment Opportunity - PCI Falll 2019

      The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching the following undergraduate courses in the Fall Semester 2019.

      • ARCH 3040 The Human Skeleton

      Closing date: Monday, June 17, 2019.

      See our Employment Opportunities page for more details.

      May

      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.

      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.

      April

      PhD Defense: Catherine Jalbert, 25/4/2019

      On Thursday April 25, at 1pm in IIC 2012, PhD Candidate, Catherine Jalbert will be defending her doctoral dissertation. 'Archaeology in Canada: An Analysis of Demographics and Working Conditions in the Discipline'.

      Everyone is welcome to attend.

      PhD proposal defense: John Campbell, 24/4/2019

      John Campbell will be defending his PhD proposal, 'Entangled narratives: Mi'kmaw interactions, relationships, and realities during the genesis of the fur trade', on Wednesday, April 24 at 2pm in QC-2013.

      Everyone is welcome to attend.

      Employment Opportunity - Archaeology Field School 2019

      The Department of Archaeology is looking to hire a field assistant to aid in delivery of the 2019 archaeological field school, in North West River, Labrador.

      Visit our Employment Opportunities page to find out more.

      Course Offerings (Spring/Intersession/Summer 2019)

      The Archaeology Department will be offering the following courses for Spring-Intersession-Summer 2019.

      • Archaeology Field School Orientation
      • Introduction to Archaeology
      • Ancient Civilizations of the Americas
      • Archaeology Field School (July 1 - Aug 2)

      March

      Archaeology Research Symposium 2019

      Join us Friday April 5, from 2-4 pm in the Great Hall, Queen's College for the first annual Archaeology Research Symposium.

      Poster presentations from 10 MA students will be featured at the symposium.

      Everyone is welcome to attend - light refreshments will be served.

       

      February

      MUN Archaeological Field School 2019

      MUN Archaeology will be hosting our field school in Labrador this summer.

      The 2019 Labrador Institute Archaeological Field School will take place in Upper Lake Melville, Labrador from July 1st to August 2nd, 2019.

      Students will participate in a variety of archaeological activities in the field and laboratory, including the excavation and analysis of a 3,000-year-old campsite in Sheshatshiu, Labrador.

      [Field School Brochure PDF]

      NEW employment opportunities: PCIs Spring 2019

      The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching the following undergraduate courses in the Spring Semester 2019.

      • ARCH 1000: Intro to Archaeology and Bioarchaeology (DISTANCE online)
      • ARCH 2481: Ancient Civilizations of the Americas (DISTANCE Online)
      • ARCH 2483: Archaeology Field School Orientation (St. John's Campus)

      Closing date: Friday, February 22, 2019.

      See our Employment Opportunities page for more details.

      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!

      January

      Graduate Speakers Series 2019: MA Thesis Proposal Defenses

      The Department is pleased to announce the schedule for the Graduate Speakers Series 2019.

      During the week 21-25 January our 1st Year MA students will be defending their research proposals.

      All are welcome to attend.

      Guest Speaker: Dr. Paul M. Ledger, 18 Jan 2019

      On January 18 at 3:00pm in QC-2013, Dr. Paul M. Ledger, postdoctoral researcher in the Department, will be giving a talk entitled: "Time is of the Essence:High-resolution Palaeoecology to Reconstruct Archaeological Site Histories".

      Everyone is welcome to attend!

      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. 


      2018


      November

      PhD proposal defense: Michelle Davies, 7/12/2018

      Michelle Davies will be defending her PhD proposal on Friday 7th December at 10:00am in QC-2013, entitled 'Hebronimiut: practicing memory, identity, and archaeology with a resettled community'.

      "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.

      NEW employment opportunity: PCI Winter 2019

      The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching the following undergraduate course in the Winter Semester 2019.

      Closing date: Saturday 1st December 2018.

      October

      DAG and The Cyprus Institute. A Virtual Student Seminar: Bridging Continents

      A virtual seminar (PDF) discussing digital technologies in archaeology and cultural heritage will be held on Nov 2, 9:30am -12:30pm in C4011.

      The seminar is a collaboration between PhD students from the Digital Archaeology Group (DAG) based in the Department of Archaeology, MUN and The Cyprus Institute.  A wide range of techniques and topics will be presented, from high resolution close range 3D scanning to aerial surveys with drones, and from the iconography of Medieval ecclesiastical art to prehistoric figurines.

      Fellow students welcome!

      MA student Alexa Spiwak wins best graduate paper award at CNEHA 2018

      Congratulations to MA student Alexa Spiwak who has won first place in the Graduate Student Paper Competition awarded by the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology!

      Read more.

      PhD student Catherine Jalbert wins the CAA Daniel Weetaluktuk Award

      Congratulations to PhD student Catherine Jalbert who has been awarded the Daniel Weetaluktuk Award from the Canadian Archaeology Association (2018) for the best graduate student research paper!

      Read more.

      Coming Soon - "Time On Their Hands: Historical Artifacts from Her Majesty's Penitentiary"

      A new exhibit showcasing the material culture of prison life is coming soon to The Great Hall in Queen's College!

      Join us on Friday Nov. 23, 3-5pm to celebrate the opening reception of "Time On Their Hands: Historical Artifacts from Her Majesty's Penitentiary".

      Please RSVP to Dr. Madeleine Mant by Nov. 13 to attend the exhibit launch. All are welcome.

      NEW Employment Opportunity - PCIs Winter 2019

      The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching the following undergraduate courses in the Winter Semester 2019.

      • ARCH 1005/HIST1005: Critical Reading and Writing in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies
      • ARCH 3510: Ancient Americas
      • ARCH 4015: Cultural Resource Management
      • ARCH 4153: Lithic Analysis

      Visit our Employment Opportunities page for more details. Closing date Friday 26th October 2018.

      HSS Student of the Month: Bryn Tapper

      October's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences graduate student of the month profile is Bryn Tapper, PhD candidate in the department.

      Find out more about Bryn's research on the rock art of the Canadian Maritimes.

      September

      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.

      Archaeology Co-Operative Education (ACE) Information Session: Oct 4, 2018

      Are you a full-time Archaeology major student at MUN? Do you want to build your skills?

      Are you interested in gaining practical experience in a professional work environment within the province, within Canada, or even internationally?

      If so, apply to the Archaeology Co-operative Education (ACE) program administered by Co-operative Education at Memorial University in conjunction with the Department of Archaeology.

      Want to know more? An information session about the ACE program will be held on Thursday October 4, 2018 in SN1060.

      [Poster: PDF]

       

       

      Maritime Studies Unit/Nexus Speaker Series: Dr. Madeleine Mant, 19 Sept 2018

      On 19 September at 1:00pm in SN4022 (Nexus Seminar Room), Dr. Madeleine Mant, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Dept. of Archaeology at MUN will be giving a talk entitled, ‘Fractures, Fevers, & Frostburn: 19th-century inpatient seamen at the St. John's General Hospital'.

      Everyone is welcome to attend!

      Meet Latonia Hartery

      Latonia Hartery's interest in archaeology began young - at the age of 7 she asked for children’s books about ancient Egypt. She remains constantly curious about the past cultural lifeways of people, and how understanding them is relevant for society today.  Dr. Hartery has a PhD in NL and Artic archaeology. She is director of the Bird Cove Archaeology Project, Director of Archaeology for Adventure Canada, and President of AARA Inc. Also an entrepreneur, Latonia is an award-winning filmmaker and works created by her company, LJH Films, have been seen in over thirty countries. Read more about her here.

      August

      NEW Employment Opportunity: Per-Course Appointment Fall 2018

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

      • ARCH 1005-082- Critical Reading and Writing in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies

      Visit our Employment Opportunities page for more details.

      Closing date: 16 August 2018.

      June

      NEW Employment Opportunity - PCIs Fall 2018

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

      • ARCH 1000: Intro to Archaeology and Bioarchaeology
      • ARCH 2480: Principles of Archaeology
      • ARCH 3020: What is Human?

      Visit our Employment Opportunities page for more details. Closing date 30 June 2018.

      March

      Dr. Lisa Rankin recognized for distinguished scholarship

      In recognition of her pioneering research in southern Labrador,  Dr. Lisa Rankin is the recipient of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2018 Dean's Award for Distinguished Scholarship.

      Since 2001, Dr. Rankin has developed strong community-university partnerships with the Labrador Inuit. With an exceptional track record of funding success and publications of international significance, Dr. Rankin's work is particularly important for the sustained and positive outcomes seen at the community level.

      MUN Indigenous Research Speaker Series: 'Mi'kmaq Oppression Period and Effects on Today's Society'.

      The MUN Indigenous Research Speaker Series begins with a talk given by Dr. Elder Calvin White, Elder Victor Muise, and Grandmother Jacqueline Snook of Flat Bay on Friday, March 23rd at noon in the Nexus Centre.

      The speakers will discuss the 'Mi’kmaq Oppression Period and Effects on Today’s Society'. The Mi’kmaq Oppression Period, occurring between 1940-2000, has had a widespread and lasting effect on Mi’kmaq identity in Newfoundland. Dr. Elder Calvin White, Elder Victor Muise, and Grandmother Jacqueline Snook discuss the traditional profile of Newfoundland Mi’kmaq and the causes of the oppression period, methods of persecution, generational impacts, and perceptions of the intergenerational impacts today.

      Attention 3rd and 4th year Honours Archaeology Students - We need YOUR help!

      Undergraduate Archaeology Program Survey.

      All registered 3rd and 4th year Honours students in Archaeology are invited to participate in a short survey regarding your experience in the department of Archaeology at Memorial University. The results of the survey will be included in the Academic Unit Planning (AUP) Report of the Department of Archaeology at Memorial University and will contribute to the evaluation and improvement of the current undergraduate program.

      Read more here.

      Attention Archaeology Graduate Students - we need YOUR help!

      Graduate Studies in Archaeology - Program Survey

      All registered graduate students in Archaeology are invited to participate in a short survey regarding your graduate experience in the department of Archaeology at Memorial University. The results of the survey will be included in the Academic Unit Planning (AUP) Report of the Department of Archaeology at Memorial University and will contribute to the evaluation and improvement of the current graduate program.

      Read more here.

      Graduate Speakers Series 2018: MA Research Talks, 14 March

      The Graduate Speakers Series 2018 continues on 14 March at 3:30pm in QC 2013, when 2nd year MA students Jacinda Sinclair and Duncan Williams will be presenting findings from their ongoing research.

      Everyone is welcome to attend!

      North Atlantic Archaeology Vol.5, 2018 now available

      The new volume of North Atlantic Archaeology (Volume 5, 2018) is now available.

      The volume features articles on Late Dorset anthropomorphic art, Inuit communal houses and cultural identity, the archaeological history of Ashuanipi in Labrador, gravestones from Ferryland and more.

      February

      Graduate Speakers Series 2018: MA Research Talks, 7 March

      The Graduate Speakers Series 2018 continues on 7 March at 3:30pm in QC 2013, when 2nd year MA students Julia Brenan, Meghann Livingston and Ian Petty will be presenting findings from their ongoing research.

      Everyone is welcome to attend!

      Guest Speaker: Dr. Madeleine Mant, 28 Feb 2018

      On 28 February at 3:30pm in QC 2013, Dr. Madeleine Mant, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Dept. of Archaeology at MUN will be giving a talk entitled, ‘A Leg thrice fractur’d’: An interdisciplinary investigation of fracture risk and treatment.

      Everyone is welcome to attend!

      HSS Researcher of the Month: Dr. Vaughan Grimes

      Would you like to know more about what inspires our faculty?

      This month's HSS Researcher of the Month is our own Dr. Vaughan Grimes, a bioarchaeologist whose research interests include biomolecular archaeology, human evolution and osteology, radiocarbon dating and archaeological geophysics. 

      Graduate Speakers Series 2018: Jessica Munkittrick, PhD Proposal Defence, 14 Feb

      The Graduate Speakers Series 2018 (PDF) continues on 14 February at 3:30pm in QC 2013, when Jessica Munkittrick will be defending her PhD Research Proposal entitled: 'Regional Insights into Childhood Lead Exposure from Historical North American Skeletal Remains'. (PDF)

      Everyone is welcome to attend!

      NEW Employment Opportunity

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

      • ARCH 2481-081- Ancient Civilization of the Americas

      Visit our Employment Opportunities page for more details. Closing date 28 Feb 2018.

      Graduate Speakers Series 2018: MA Proposal Defences, 7 Feb 2018

      The Graduate Speakers Series 2018 (PDF) continues on 7 February at 3:30pm in QC 2013, when François P. Levasseur, Anna Sparrow, Alexa Spiwak and Allan Wolfrum will be defending their MA Research Proposals.

      Everyone is welcome to attend!

      January

      Graduate Speakers Series 2018: MA Proposal Defences, 31 Jan 2018

      The Department is pleased to announce the schedule for the Graduate Speakers Series 2018. Over the next few weeks a number of our graduate students will be defending their research proposals.

      Graduate Speakers Series Poster (PDF).

      On 31 January at 3:30pm in QC 2013, JD Archer, Rachelle Brydon, Emma Lewis-Sing, and Natasha Miller will be defending their MA Research Proposals.

      Everyone is welcome to attend!

      Field Schools 2018

      The Department will be offering two field schools during the summer of 2018.

      The MUN Archaeology Field School will take place at Anse à Bertrand located just outside the city of Saint-Pierre on the French islands of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, between June 25th and August 3rd, 2018. Led by Dr. Catherine Losier, the school will continue to investigate the 17-18th century European fishing rooms established at the cove.

      The Labrador Institute Field School will take place in Upper Lake Melville, Labrador from July 2nd to August 3rd, 2018. Led by Dr. Scott Neilsen, students will participate in a variety of archaeological activities in the field and classroom, including the excavation of a 3,000-year-old campsite in Sheshatshiu, Labrador.

      Visit the Field School webpage for more information about participation, course content, and fees.

      MUN students win SHA 2018 Ethics Bowl

      A team of MUN archaeology undergraduates has won the Society for Historical Archaeology's 5th Annual Student Ethics Bowl. The team, comprising  Maryssa Barras, Mallory Champagne, Christine Conlan, Jazpyn Osmond and Chanelle Zaphiropolous, won the competition which was hosted by the SHA 2018 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology held in New Orleans, Louisiana between Jan 3-7, 2018.

      Read more in the Gazette.

      CONGRATULATIONS on a super achievement!

      Job Opportunities

      The Department of Archaeology is hiring 3 teaching assistants for the winter semester - check out the Employment Opportunities page to apply!


      2017


      December

      PhD proposal defence: Jamie Brake, 11/12/2017

      Jamie Brake will be defending his PhD proposal on Monday 11th December at 2:00pm in QC-2013, entitled 'Heritage Policy Landscapes of Nunatsiavut: A Proposed Approach to the Development of Historic Resource Management Policy and Law in Northern Labrador'.

      November

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

      Last updated: 29th Nov 2017.

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

      • ARCH 1005/ HIST 1005-083: Critical Reading and Writing in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies.

      Visit our Employment Opportunities page to find out more.

          October

          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.

            September

            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

            August

            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.

            July

            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.

            April

            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.

            March

            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.

            February

            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.

            January

            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.


            2016


            November

            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.

            October

            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.

            September

            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.

            July

            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.

            June

            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.

            May

            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.

            April

            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.

            March

            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.

            February

            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'.

            January

            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.'


            2015


            December

            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!

            November

            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.

            October

            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."

            September

            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.

            March

            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. 

            January

            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.


            2014


            December

            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.

            November

            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.

            October

            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.

            Contact

            Department of Archaeology

            230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

            Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

            Tel: (709) 864-8000