Faculty members are full-time members of the department who have considerable research expertise in their subject field. They supervise our graduate students, are members of professional organizations and university committees, participate in public events and are committed to the overall strength of the Department of Archaeology at Memorial University. 

Click on the faculty name to find out more about their research, current projects, student supervision and publications.


Dr. Mario Blaser
Dr. Mario Blaser

Cross-Appointed to Anthropology and Geography
Undergraduate Officer

Coordinator, Certificate in Indigenous Studies
Coordinator, Diploma in Ancient Worlds
Office: QC-4017
Email: mblaser@mun.ca

Research Interests: heritage and the politics of place; food and energy sovereignty; grassroots movements and initiatives; science and technology studies; political ontology and ontological conflicts; decolonization; Latin America; Newfoundland and Labrador.


Dr. Meghan Burchell

Associate Professor
Associate Dean, Research (Acting), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Office: QC 2007
Email: mburchell@mun.ca

Research Interests: coastal landscapes, isotope analysis, sclerochronology, geochemical applications in archaeology, climate proxies, mortuary archaeology, gender and archaeology.


Dr. Véronique Forbes at L'Anse aux Meadows
Dr. Véronique Forbes

Assistant Professor
Office: QC 4014
Email: vforbes@mun.ca

Research Interests: Environmental archaeology and palaeoecology, North Atlantic Archaeology (mostly Newfoundland and Labrador, Iceland, Greenland, Alaska), insects (mostly Coleoptera), peat bogs, sustainability.


Dr. Barry Gaulton

Editor, Newfoundland and Labrador Studies
Office: QC 2009
Email: bgaulton@mun.ca

Research Interests: Historical archaeology, early modern fisheries (and other extractive industries), European settlement, mobility-movement, vernacular architecture, material culture, historical graffiti, conflict archaeology, Eastern North America and Newfoundland.


Dr. Vaughan Grimes

Head of Department
Office: QC 2008/QC2002
Telephone: (709) 864-8861 / (709) 864-8192
Email: vgrimes@mun.ca

Research Interests: Archaeological Science, Bioarchaeology, Archaeogeophysics, Forensic Archaeology, Isotope Analysis.


Dr. Paul Ledger

Assistant Professor
Cross-Appointed to Geography
Office: QC-4011
Telephone: (709) 864-8923
Email: pledger@mun.ca

Research Interests: Norse Greenland; North Atlantic Archaeology; historical archaeology; palaeoecology; farming; biogeography; chronology; radiocarbon dating; uncertainty and error.


Dr. Catherine Losier

Associate Professor
Archaeology Co-operative Education Coordinator
Office: QC 4009
Email: closier@mun.ca

Research Interests: historical archaeology, French colonies, Atlantic colonial world, material culture studies, cultural interaction, colonial economies.


Dr. Oscar Moro Abadía

Graduate Officer
Office: QC 4019
Telephone: (709) 864-3439
Email: omoro@mun.ca

Research Interests: Prehistoric Art, Art History, Indigenous Arts, Science and Technology, Philosophy of Science, History of Science.


Dr. Scott Neilsen

Associate Professor
Cross-Appointed to Social-Cultural Program (Grenfell Campus) and School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies (Labrador Campus)
Office: Labrador Institute Research Station
Telephone: (709) 497-3630 ext. 225
Email: scott.neilsen@mun.ca

Research Interests: Cultural Resources Management; Anthropological, Community, Contemporary, Indigenous and Public Archaeologies; Decolonization; Eastern Subarctic Cultural & Environmental History; Labrador Society & Culture.


Dr. Lisa Rankin

Memorial University Research Chair, Northern Indigenous Community Archaeology
Office: QC 2010
Telephone: (709) 864-4808
Email: lrankin@mun.ca

Research Interests: post-medieval cultural encounters in the archaeological record between Labrador Inuit and Europeans, and interactions between Northeastern Indigenous populations over the past several Millennia; ethnicity and identity, landscapes, settlement patterns, eastern Sub-Arctic.


Dr. Peter Whitridge

Office: QC 4010
Telephone: (709) 864-2394
Email: peter.whitridge@mun.ca

Research Interests: embodiment, place and landscape; hunter-fisher-gatherer social and economic relations; human-animal relations; imaginaries; childhood; sport; contemporary archaeology; Arctic. 


Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Laura Kelvin (University of Manitoba)
Dr. Madeleine Mant (Memorial University)
Dr. Andrea Procter (Memorial University)
Dr. Alison Harris (Max Planck Institute for Geoanthropology, Jena, Germany)
Dr. Shannon Lewis-Simpson (Memorial University & Dallaire Centre of Excellence for Peace and Security, Canadian Forces College)
Dr. Natasha LeClerc (Memorial University)

Cross-appointed Faculty

Former Faculty

Dr. Stuart C. Brown
Dr. Michael Deal
Dr. Sonja Jerkic
Dr. Peter E. Pope
Dr. Priscilla Renouf
Dr. James A. Tuck