I have wide-ranging methodological, theoretical and regional interests in archaeology. While I initially trained as a zooarchaeologist, my recent collaborations with Inuvialuit community members in Sachs Harbour, NWT and with academic colleagues at Western and beyond, have taken me in new directions:
Since 2007 I have been conducting archaeological research on Banks Island in Canada’s Western Arctic, in increasingly close collaboration with Inuvialuit (western Canadian Arctic Inuit) community members. Initially, that research focused on understanding long-term interactions between people, animals and the land. Community interests and concerns have led us to explore the integration of Inuvialuit knowledge and archaeological datasets, and the use of 3D modelling and digital platforms to facilitate community involvement in all stages of the research process.
My research also applies zooarchaeological techniques (the study of animal bones from archaeological sites) at a variety of geographic and temporal scales to reconstruct trends in human diet, prey selection, mobility, and social organization. My zooarchaeological work is primarily among Arctic and Sub-Arctic hunter-gatherers, but also investigates the social role of food during early state formation in Peru (in collaboration with Jean-Francois Millaire).
I am also interested in applications of geophysical techniques in Canadian archaeology, where they have not been widely utilized. This interest stems in part from my involvement in community archaeology, since many Indigenous communities wish to limit disturbance to their archaeological sites, and in many cases these techniques can help map site structure without excavation.
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