Christopher J. Ellis
Department of Anthropology

Western University
 Fieldwork at large Davidson Archaic Site, Ontario (ca. 2500-800 BC), June 2014. Site extends from photographer location to figures in far distance at red arrow. Click here for a link to a summary of this research project
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(519) 661-2111
Ext. 85081

Fax: (519) 661-2157
Address: Department of Anthropology
University of Western Ontario
London, ON
N6A 5C2


Academic Background
Professor (University of Western Ontario, 2004-present)
Department Chair (University of Western Ontario, 1993-2001, 2012-2013)
Associate Professor (University of Western Ontario, 1993-2004)
Assistant Professor (University of Waterloo, 1988-1990, University of Western Ontario, 1990-1993)
SSHRCC and Dean of Arts Post-Doctoral Fellow/Research Assistant Professor (University of Waterloo, 1985-1988)
Archaeological Researcher (Parks Canada, 1984-85)
PhD (Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, 1984; Click here for a pdf copy of my dissertation)
M.A. (Anthropology, McMaster University, 1979);
Hons. B.A (Anthropology, University of Waterloo, 1976)
Research/Supervisory Interests
I am an anthropological archaeologist with major theoretical and topical research interests in hunting and gathering societies, settlement and subsistence practices, chronology building and stone tool technologies. I am an active participant in both our applied MA and regular MA & PhD graduate archaeology  programs. My most recent research has focused on hunter-gatherer mobility practices including the development of more sedentary lifestyles, as these have been traditionally seen as central to understanding  these peoples. I am particularly interested in how one can measure, document or sort out the varying effects of differing kinds of mobilities in the archaeological record (range mobility, residential mobility, entrenched mobility, etc.) and of course, how one can explain the mobility strategies used by different groups and why they change.

The geographical focus of my investigations has been on Ontario and more broadly, Great Lakes, archaeology. Since the 1970s I have explored my research interests largely through work on the earlier, preceramic (Paleoindian and Archaic), time period over 3000 years old. Many of my graduate students have and continue to work on stone tool assemblages from such sites. Click here or on the research link above for an overview of my current research and potential graduate student thesis research projects.

I am currently editor of the Journal Ontario Archaeology and, while I have focused on preceramic occupations, I find just about any aspect of Ontario archaeology utterly fascinating. I have been involved in fieldwork and/or reporting on a wide range of later sites across southern Ontario, from Early Woodland lithic assemblages in areas in the southwest to Middle Woodland mound sites in the Trent-Severn waterway to Late Woodland Huron and Neutral village excavations in southcentral Ontario to historic Euro-Canadian sites in the Rideau Waterway. I have also supervised graduate theses on these later dating (as well as earlier dating!) Ontario archaeological sites/collections ranging ranging from Middle Woodland faunal remains to Late Woodland Iroquoian lithic assemblages to Historic EuroCanadian ceramic assemblages (see list of titles by clicking on the teaching tab link above) as well as theses on the archaeology of areas farther afield that fit my broader theoretical/substantive interests.
Select Recent Publications
(electronic copies of many of my published papers as well as information about books I have published can be obtained by clicking here or on the Publications/Papers link above).
W. A. Fox, D. B. Deller and C. J. Ellis – 2015 - Chert Sources and Utilization in the Southern Huron Basin During the Early Holocene. In: Caribou Hunting in the Upper Great Lakes: Archaeological, Ethnographic, and Paleoenvironmental Perspectives, edited by Lisa Sonnenburg, Ashley Lemke and John O’Shea, pp. 67-72. Memoirs of the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, University of Michigan No. 57, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

C. J. Ellis, J. R. Keron, J. H. Menzies, S. G. Monckton and A. Stewart - 2015 - For Immediate Occupancy: Cosy 3000 Year Old Heritage Winter House with River View Near Lake Huron. Apply to Terminal Archaic Realty. In: Building the Past: Studies of Prehistoric Wooden Post Architecture in the Ohio Valley-Great Lakes Region, edited by Brian G. Redmond and Robert A. Genheimer, pp. 29-62. University Presses of Florida, Gainesville.

C. J. Ellis and D. R. Poulton - 2014 - The Gosling Site (AiHb-189), A Small Parkhill Phase Paleoindian Site in Guelph, Ontario. Ontario Archaeology 94: 81-111, in press.
C. J. Ellis - 2014 - Paleoindians. In: Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, 11  volumes, edited by Claire Smith. pp. 5760-5767. Springer Reference. Springer-Verlag, Berlin and Heidelberg. 
E. Eastaugh, C.J. Ellis, L. M. Hodgetts and J. R. Keron - 2013 - Problem-Based Magnetometer Survey at the Late Archaic Davidson Site. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 37(2):274-301. 
C. J. Ellis  – 2013 - Before Pottery: Paleoindian and Archaic Hunter-Gatherers of Southern Ontario. In: Before Ontario, edited by Marit Munson and Susan Jamieson, pp. 34-47. McGill-Queens University Press, Montreal.
C. J. Ellis - 2013 - Clovis Lithic Technology: The Devil is in the Details. Reviews in Anthropology 42(3):127-160.

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