Dr. Scott Neilsen

Assistant Professor
Department of Archaeology/Labrador InstituteDr. Scott Neilsen
Memorial University

Labrador Institute of Memorial University
P. O. Box 490, Station B
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
A0P 1E0

Office: Research Station, North West River, NL
Tel: (709) 497-3630, Ext: 225
Fax: (709) 497-3634

Email: scott.neilsen@mun.ca

PhD, Memorial University, 2015

MA, Memorial University, 2006

BA, St. Thomas University, 2000

Research Interests

My primary focus is on the long-term history of indigenous people in eastern Quebec and Labrador, and their relations with one-another, settlers, visitors, government, and the environment. More generally, I am curious about the culture and history of small-scale societies from around the world, and the impact of climate, environment and policy on their immediate adaptations and long-term transformations. I am also interested in cultural resource management and archaeological and anthropological theory, and the history and role of these disciplines within society.

Current Research




Selected Publications

Neilsen, S. (2013). The river runs through it. Them Days. Invited article, special issue: Churchill River.

Neilsen, S. (2010). A story told in stone: Unearthing ancient artifacts near Sheshatshiu, Labrador. Labrador Life 4(1), 14-18.

Neilsen, S. (2009). A critical review of the relationship between Innu and Inuit in Southern Labrador ca. 1500 to 1900 CE. Report on file with NunatuKavut Community Council, Labrador.

Neilsen, S. (2006). Uncovering History in Labrador West. Labrador Life 1(1), 31-32.

Selected Presentations

Neilsen, S. (2102). Regrettably, still implicit…. Paper presented at the 45th annual conference of the Canadian Archaeological Association, Montreal, Quebec.

Neilsen, S. (2010). Knowing your Place. Paper presented at the 43rd annual conference of the Canadian Archaeology Association, Calgary, AB.

Neilsen, S. (2008). Over the hills and far away: Accounting for Nutshimit in the archaeology of coastal Labrador. Paper presented at the 74th Annual Society for American Archaeology Conference, Vancouver, B.C.

Neilsen, S. (2007). Two worlds, one life: Straddling the line between Innu knowledge and archaeology. Paper presented at the 40th annual conference of the Canadian Archaeology Association, St. John’s, NL.

Neilsen, S. (2005). Following in the footsteps of development: the revitalization of Intermediate (Amerindian) period archaeology in Labrador. Paper presented at the 38th annual conference of the Canadian Archaeological Association, Naniamo, BC; and Labrador Exploration Symposium, Northwest River, NL.


Labrador Institute

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