Robyn Lacy

Previous Education

B.A. (Archaeology), University of Calgary, 2014


Dr. Barry Gaulton


Cemeteries; gravestones; historical archaeology; settlement layout; C17 British settlement in Atlantic North America; Ferryland.

Research Statement

My M.A. research will focus on attempting to locate the 17th-century burial ground associated with George Calvert’s Colony of Avalon and later Sir David Kirke’s Pool plantation at Ferryland, Newfoundland. This will be achieved, in part, through a detailed examination of the current topography around Ferryland’s sheltered inner harbour, the extent of archaeological excavations, our current understanding of the taskscapes associated with the 17th-century colony, artefactual evidence in the form of gravestone fragments, and limited test trenching in summer 2016. In addition, I will examine historic cemeteries along Newfoundland’s Southern Shore as well as those along the eastern seaboard of North America, noting their placement and layout with regards to associated settlements and town centres, among other criteria. The compiled data will be used to create a predictive model for identifying the most likely location of burial grounds within 17th-century British settlements which have not already been located.





Department of Archaeology

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

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