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. 

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Dr. Mario Blaser

Associate Professor
Tier II Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies
Office: QC-4017
Email: mblaser@mun.ca

Research Interests: Indigenous politics, ontology, the study of science and technology.


Dr. Meghan Burchell

Associate Professor
Associate Dean (Acting), School of Graduate Studies
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

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

Research Interests: Quaternary entomology, environmental archaeology, sustainability, public archaeology, Newfoundland and Labrador, Iceland, Greenland, Alaska. 


Dr. Barry Gaulton

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

Research Interests: Historical archaeology, early modern fisheries, European exploration and settlement, mobility-movement, vernacular architecture, material culture, historic graffiti, conflict archaeology, Eastern North America and Newfoundland.


Dr. Vaughan Grimes

Head of Department
Office: QC 2008/QC2002
Email: vgrimes@mun.ca

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

Dr. Paul Ledger

Assistant Professor
Office: QC-4011
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

Assistant Professor
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

Associate Professor
Graduate Coordinator
Office: QC 4019
Email: omoro@mun.ca

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

Dr. Scott Neilsen

Assistant Professor
Office: Labrador Institute Research Station
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
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; hunter-gatherers, ethnicity and identity, landscapes, settlement patterns, eastern Sub-Arctic.


Dr. Peter J. Whitridge

Office: QC 4010
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. Amanda Crompton
Dr. Laura Kelvin (University of Manitoba)
Dr. Shannon Lewis-Simpson (Memorial University)
Dr. Madeleine Mant (Memorial University)
Dr. Andrea Procter (Memorial University)

Cross-appointed Faculty

Dr. Trevor Bell (Geography)
Dr. Marica Cassis (History)
Dr. Neil Kennedy (History)

Former Faculty

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




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