Sarah Gourlay

Sarah Gourlay
Previous Education

B. Hums. Hons., Carleton University, 2022


Dr. Mario Blaser


Historical Archeology, Experimental Archaeology, Cultural Contact, Trade Networks, Colony of Avalon

Research Statement

My research is focused on heritage and self-reliance in the European settler communities in Newfoundland. Using artefacts from the Colony of Avalon site I will explore the ways in which the settlers were able to be self-sustaining despite their limited access to the materials and trade networks to which they had access in their home countries. I will explore one task which is significant to a settlement’s successful self-reliance in comparison with the methods in which we perform this task in the modern day. I will study the benefits and downfalls of each practice in order to inspire more self-reliant and localized practices in the present.