Samantha Letemplier

Previous Education

B.A. (Hons), Memorial University of Newfoundland


Dr. Scott Neilsen


Artifact analysis, public engagement, private collections policy, heritage interpretation and representation, lithic analysis, Indigenous archaeology, community archaeology, public archaeology.

Research Statement

My research will focus on the question of the value of analysing and recording private lithic collections. The first step in this research is the review and evaluation of existing private collections policies known internationally, with the aim to identify the best practices suitable for the analysis of private collections in Canada. Second, I will investigate various digital methods for documenting and undertaking research on private lithic collections, including the use of geometric morphometric techniques, and 3D scanning/imaging/printing. Lastly, I would like to discuss options for representing and presenting the information and interpretation of private collections to the public and/or community involved. I am particularly interested in how archaeologists can foster and improve their relationships with Indigenous communities impacted by archaeological activity.




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