Christopher J. Ellis
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
Professor (University of Western Ontario,
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)
|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, in press.
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: forthcoming.
|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.|
|D. B. Deller and C. J. Ellis (with contributions by J. R. Keron and R. H. King and a foreword by H.T. Wright) - 2011 - The Crowfield Site (AfHj-31): A Unique Paleoindian Fluted Point Site from Southwestern Ontario. Memoirs of the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan No. 49. Ann Arbor, Michigan. xiii + 209 pages.|
|C. J. Ellis, D. H. Carr and T. J. Loebel – 2011 - The Younger Dryas and Late Pleistocene Peoples of the Great Lakes Region. Quaternary International 242(2):534-545.|
|C. J. Ellis - 2011 - Measuring Paleoindian Range Mobility and Land-Use in the Great Lakes/Northeast. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 30(3):385-401.|
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