News

2022


June

Employment Opportunities: PCI positions for Fall 2022
The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching the following undergraduate courses in the Fall Semester 2022.
  • ARCH/HIST 1005 - Critical Reading and Writing in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies
  • ARCH 4185 - History of Archaeology

Visit our Employment Opportunities page for more detail.

Deadline for applications: Friday, June 17, 2022.

May

Gradcolades 2022

In the last academic year, graduate students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Memorial University won more than 40 awards, 40 grants, and 140 fellowships & scholarships. Additionally, they produced more than 40 publications and creative endeavours. Watch the video celebration of all this success.

April

Grad student Pier-Ann Milliard a finalist for national SSHRC Competition

Archaeology grad student Pier-Ann Milliard has been named a national finalist for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s annual Storytellers Challenge. Her submission is about how climate change is affecting the frozen peat bogs of the North that archaeologists (and archaeoentomologists) like her rely on to study our past. Read more in the Gazette.

March

Launching Memorial's Online Record of Experience (MORE)

University isn’t only about course work and studying. While academics will always be one of the key components of university life, it is equally important to use your time here to build your practical experience and explore as many things as possible. Through exploration, you will be able to discover:

  • What you are truly interested in;
  • What you are not interested in:
  • What you are curious about;
  • What makes you happy;
  • And what you excel at doing.

To help you answer these questions, Student Life has created a tool to help you to engage, explore, and gain experiences.

Memorial’s Online Record of Experience (MORE) is a new experiential tracking tool that provides students with the ability to record and capture their various experiences. MORE compiles those experiences and showcases overall time committed, and competencies gained from participation. More than simply a record of student involvement or student activities, MORE uses reflection to transform activities into deeper learning experiences.

Archaeology Field Schools 2022

Are you an undergraduate student looking to gain some practical experience in archaeological techniques including fieldwork, excavation and artifact analysis?

Why not consider registering for the one of the two archaeology field schools that the deprtament is offering during Summer 2022.

On Saint Pierre-et Miquelon Dr. Catherine Losier will contiue investigations into the historic French fishery at Anse à Bertrand on Saint-Pierre. On Upper Lake Melville, Dr. Scott Neilsen will introduce students to community archaeology and cultural resource management.

 

 

February

Per-course instructor position: Spring 2022

The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching the following undergraduate course in the Spring Semester 2022.

  • ARCH 2481-081- Ancient Civilizations of the Americas

Find more details about the job on our Employment Opportunities page.

Employment opportunity: Winter 2022

The Department of Archaeology is hiring one Graduate Assistant position for the Winter semester, 2022.

  • GA – Website content management and accessibility

Find out more on our Employment Opportunities page.

January

Doctoral student Robyn Lacy passes comprehensive exam

We are pleased to announce that doctoral student Robyn Lacy has successfully completed her comprehensive exams. Robyn is pictured here with co-supervisors Drs. Barry Gaulton and Shannon Lewis-Simpson, Dr. Caitlin DeAngelis Hopkins (Examination Committee Member), and Dr. Vaughan Grimes (Committee Chair).

Robyn Lacy pictured on WebEx with her supervisors and committee

Robyn's research focuses on the creation, organization, and use of colonial mortuary landscapes in 17th-century settlements on the east coast of North America and Newfoundland.

Congratulations, Robyn!

2021


October

Employment Opportunities: PCI positions for Winter 2022

The Department of Archaeology invites applications from individuals interested in teaching the following undergraduate courses in the Winter Semester 2022.

  • ARCH/HIST 1005 - Critical Reading and Writing in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies
  • ARCH 2480 - Principles of Archaeology
  • ARCH 2495 - Archaeology Frauds and Mysteries
  • ARCH 3687 - The Archaeology of Death

Visit our Employment Opportunities page for more detail.

Deadline for applications: Friday, October 22, 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 >

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.

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!

 

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

 

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.

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.

*** 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

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.

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.

2019


November

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.

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, 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

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 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.

January

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!

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 () 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.

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.

September

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

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!

February

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!

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

The Graduate Speakers Series 2018 () 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!

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.

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!

Job Opportunities

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

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!

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

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.

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!

'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 students have produced a report documenting a privately-held collection of archaeological lithic artifacts from Burgeo on the south coast of Newfoundland.

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.

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

February

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".

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."

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!

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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

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

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

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.

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.