Frederic Dussault

Previous Education

M.A. (Archaeology), Université Laval, 2011
B.A. (Archaeology), Université Laval, 2009


Dr Vaughan Grimes / Dr. Trevor Bell


Pre-contact archaeology, environmental archaeology, palaeoecology, palaeoethnobotany, archaeoentomology, Dorset archaeology, historical ecology, hunter-gatherer archaeology.

Research Statement

My research explores the ways in which the Dorset population interacted with their environment in Newfoundland. By using environmental proxies, such as entomological remains (beetle exoskeletons) and botanical remains (plant seeds and charcoal), I examine the modifications, voluntary and involuntary, that were made on the environment by the human presence at two sites - Phillip's Garden (EeBi-1) on the Northern Peninsula and Stock Cove (CkAl-3) at the bottom of Trinity Bay on the Avalon Peninsula. By analysing the entomological and botanical remains extracted from numerous column samples recovered from excavations throughout the Phillip's Garden site, it will be possible to articulate the history of change in the immediate environment surrounding the Dorset occupation.

This research is currently funded, in part, by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) through a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship. Past funding has been received from the Fond de recherche du Québec - Société et Culture, as well as the F.A. Aldrich doctoral fellowship.




Department of Archaeology

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000