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.
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?
Want to know more? An information session about the ACE program will be held on Thursday October 4, 2018 in SN1060.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
CONGRATULATIONS on a super achievement!
The Department of Archaeology is hiring 3 teaching assistants for the winter semester - check out the Employment Opportunities page to apply!
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'.
The Department will be offering a wide range of interesting and exciting courses during the Winter Semester 2018. Our scheduled courses include:
- ARCH 1000 - Introduction to Archaeology and Bioarchaeology
- ARCH 2480 - Principles of Archaeology
- ARCH 2493 - Archaeology on Film
- ARCH 2495 - Archaeological Frauds and Mysteries
- ARCH 3040 - The Human Skeleton
- ARCH 3592 - Norse Archaeology
- ARCH 3688 - Archaeology of Coastal Landscapes
- ARCH 4411 - Theory and Method in Archaeology and Prehistory
View the complete Winter 2018 Course Schedule.
Register soon to ensure your place!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
It is with great sadness that the Department of Archaeology marks the passing of Dr. Peter Pope, eminent archaeologist and historian, colleague and friend.
Daniel Rees, a student in the Department of Archaeology, is the winner of the 2017 Memorial University Award for Outstanding Self-Directed Learning.
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'.
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.
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...
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.
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!
Congratulations to a number of our Archaeology undergraduate students who have made this year's Dean's List in recognition of their outstanding achievements.
Find out more in the MUN Gazette.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students participating in the Archaeological Field School Orientation had a unique experiential learning opportunity at MUN Botanical Garden during the Spring intercession.
The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching undergraduate courses in the Fall 2016 semester.
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.
Dr. Lisa Rankin, associate professor in the Department of Archaeology, has won the Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award from the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.
Former MUN Archaeology student Corey Hutchings is a professional archaeologist who has been working in Cultural Resource Management for the past five years.
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.
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'.
As part of Aboriginal Peoples Week, Dr. Mario Blaser, Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies, discusses the findings of his recent research with the Inuit and Innu peoples of Labrador.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.'
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.'
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.'
The journal publishes archaeological research articles and preliminary reports focusing on, or related to, the archaeology of the North Atlantic region.
The last day for adding courses is 20th January, 2016. Register soon to ensure placement!
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'.
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."
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 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!
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.
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.
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."
MUN archaeology graduate and undergraduate students recently participated in
International Archaeology Day 2015 held at the Rooms Provincial Museum in St. John's.
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."
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".
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).
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.
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.
Parks Canada is accepting resumes for the following positions: Contract Management Archaeologist (HR-02) and Industrial Archaeology Contract Management Supervisor.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
The Dean's List is a way of recognizing excellence in students who are registered for a BA or BA Honours degree.
Department of Archaeology
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