Former Students

Our students have gone on to pursue a variety of careers, taking with them the knowledge and skills gained during their time in the Department of Archaeology. Here is an update on some of our former  students who outline how their archaeology degree at MUN influenced their career paths.

Tessa de Roo

Dr. Tessa de Roo completed her B.A. Honours degree in historical archaeology in 2009, under the supervision of Dr. Barry Gaulton, with a thesis entitled All the King's Ponies: The Story of Ferryland's Horses as Told by their Furnishings. During her time as an undergraduate at Memorial she held a Memorial Undergraduate Career Experience Program (MUCEP) job in the finds laboratory of the Department, and had the opportunity to spend a summer excavation season working at the Dorset Paleoeskimo site of Phillip's Garden in Port au Choix. She earned her Master’s Degree and Ph.D from Cambridge University, UK. Tessa continues to draw on the wide range of material and skills learned as an undergraduate at Memorial in her current job as an editor with British Archaeological Reports (Oxford, UK).


Robyn Fleming

Robyn Fleming received her B.A Honours and Master’s degrees from Memorial. She earned her M.A in 2010 with a thesis entitled Robert's Cove 1 (DjAv-05): A Transitional Recent Indian Site on the Northeast Coast of Newfoundland, under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Rankin. With an interest in prehistoric archaeology and looking towards a professional career in archaeology, Robyn found a number of courses offered by the Department that concentrate on practical field survey and excavation skills, documentary and archival research, and cultural resource management issues, to be particularly useful. Robyn currently works as an Archaeological Field Director and Job Supervisor for the Department of Archaeology at Memorial, and combines this with her work as a Fisherperson with her family’s crab fishing business.

Todd N. Garlie

Dr. Todd N. Garlie completed his B.A Honours degree in 1993 with a thesis entitled An Ethnohistorical and Archaeological Review Regarding Aboriginal Mortuary Remains Reported from Nova Scotiaand New Brunswick and the Potential for Future Research, under the supervision of Dr. Michael Deal. During his time with the Archaeology Department Todd took the opportunity to participate in several excavations at Port aux Choix and at Ferryland, both in Newfoundland. Todd credits the variety and depth of coursework and hands-on experiences he obtained at Memorial with providing him with the skills that laid the foundation for his subsequent Masters and Ph.D degrees in Anthropology from McMaster University. Todd is currently a Biological Research Anthropologist with the Department of Defense, United States Army, Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), Natick, MA.


Margaret James 

Margaret James earned her B.A. Honours degree in 2010 with a thesis entitled Death and Christianity in the New World: An Examination of Christian burials in 17th-Century Atlantic Settlements, under the supervision of Dr. Barry Gaulton. Margaret went on to complete her Master’s Degree in European Historical Archaeology in 2011 from the University of Sheffield, UK. With a particular interest in material culture studies, Margaret’s work at the early English colony of Ferryland, NL, introduced her to the role of archaeology in public heritage conservation projects, and the importance of interpretation and museum displays. Today, as an Educator with the Milwaukee Public Museum, Wisconsin, US, Margaret employs the strong foundations of archaeological method and theory gained from her time at Memorial to teach visiting school groups and the general public about the importance of artifacts and the fascinating stories they can tell.



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