Western University AntropologyWestern Social Science

Chris Ellis

Professor - Archaeology

PhD 1984 (Simon Fraser University)
Office: Social Science Centre 3409
Tel: 519 661-2111  ext. 85081
E-mail: cjellis@uwo.ca

 

 

Research 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. 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 in 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. 

Selected List of Publications

J. C. Lothrop, D. Lowery, A. E. Spiess and C. J. Ellis - 2016 - Early Human Settlement of Northeastern North America. PaleoAmerica 2:192-251. (available as open access online @ Paper Access)

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.

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 - 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 - 2011 - Measuring Paleoindian Range Mobility and Land-Use in the Great Lakes/Northeast. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 30(3):385-401.

C. J. Ellis, P. Timmins and H. Martelle - 2009 - At the Crossroads and Periphery: The Archaic Archaeological Record of Southern Ontario. In Archaic Societies: Diversity and Complexity Across the Midcontinent, edited by Thomas E. Emerson, Andrew C. Fortier and Dale McElrath, pp. 787-839. State University of New York Press, Albany, New York.

D. B. Deller and C. J. Ellis - 2001 - Evidence for Late Paleo-Indian Ritual from the Caradoc Site (AfHj-104), Southwestern Ontario, Canada. American Antiquity 66(2):267-284.

C. J. Ellis, A. C. Goodyear, D. F. Morse and K. Tankersley - 1998 - Archaeology of the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition in Eastern North America. Quaternary International 49/50:151-166.

D. B. Deller and C. J. Ellis - 1992 - Thedford II: A Paleo-Indian Site in the Ausable River Watershed of Southwestern Ontario. Memoirs of the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, No. 24. xii + 157 pages.

C. J. Ellis and N. Ferris (editors) - 1990 - The Archaeology of Southern Ontario to A.D. 1650. Occasional Publications, London Chapter, OAS No. 5. xxii + 570 pp.

C. J. Ellis and J. Lothrop (editors) - 1989 - Eastern Paleoindian Lithic Resource Use. Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado. xxiii + 398 pp.

For a more complete list of publications see my Academia.edu page: http://westernu.academia.edu/ChristopherJEllis

Recent Conference/Workshop Presentations

D.B. Deller & C.J. Ellis – The Rogers Site: A Fluted Point Site in the Niagara Peninsula. Paper presented in symposium “Paleoindian occupations of the Great Lakes/Northeast”, organized by Robert von Bitter, Ontario Ministry of Culture, and Chris Ellis, University of Western Ontario, at the 50th Annual Meeting, Canadian Archaeological Association, Ottawa/Gatineau, Canada, May, 2017.

C. J. Ellis – Paleoindian Research, 25+ Years Later. Invited paper presented in symposium “The Archaeology of Southern Ontario to A.D. 1650 (edited by Ellis and Ferris), A 25+ Year Retrospective”, organized by Gary Warrick, Wilfred Laurier University, at the 43rd Annual Meeting, Ontario Archaeological Society, Waterloo, Ontario, November, 2016.

C. J. Ellis – Archaic Research, The Black Hole of Southern Ontario Archaeology. Invited paper presented in symposium “The Archaeology of Southern Ontario to A.D. 1650 (edited by Ellis and Ferris), A 25+ Year Retrospective”, organized by Gary Warrick, Wilfred Laurier University, at the 43rd Annual Meeting, Ontario Archaeological Society, Waterloo, Ontario, November, 2016.

Recent Research Funding

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) Insight Research Grant - "The Davidson Site: Refining Chronology and Explanations of Changing Late Archaic Settlement Systems" (Principal applicant with collaborator Lisa Hodgetts [University of Western Ontario]) - $73,445. 2013-2015.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) Standard Research Grant – "Archaeological Investigations at the Davidson Broad Point Archaic Site" (Principal applicant with collaborators Joseph Desloges [University of Toronto], Sarah Finkelstein [University of Toronto], Lisa Hodgetts [University of Western Ontario], John Menzies [Brock University] and Andrew Stewart [Independent Scholar and Consultant]) - $115,590.00. 2007-2010.

Teaching and Graduate Supervision

My undergraduate teaching has covered everything from the history of archaeological/anthropological thought to the ethnography of hunting and gathering societies but a main focus has been on North American archaeology.

While I find just about any aspect of Ontario archaeology utterly fascinating, and have supervised students working on wide range of sites and materials, many of my graduate students have and continue to work on stone tool and other assemblages from preceramic sites. Note however, that I am retiring as of June 30, 2018. Hence, I am not taking on any more graduate student supervisions.

Current Students:

John Dunlop (MA): Testing the Peripheries: Lithic Scatters and their Place within the Landscape of Ontario.

David Norris (PhD): Geometric Morphometric Analyses of Late Paleoindian Projectile Points from Northwestern Ontario.

Scott Eckford (MA): Comparative Analyses of “Clovis-Like” Fluted Points from Southern Ontario Sites.

Ramsay Macfie (MA): Analyses of Fire-Cracked Rock from Late Archaic Feature Clusters.

Recent Graduate Students Supervised:

Kyle Forsythe (MA; 2016): Buried Dreams: Refitting and Ritual at the Mount Albert Site, Southern Ontario. (Middle Archaic)

Kaitlyn Malleau (MA; 2015): Practice Makes Projectiles: A Study of Genesee Lithic Biface Technology. (Late Archaic)

James R. Keron (PhD; co-supervisor with E. Molto), 2015: The Use of Point Pattern Analysis in Archaeology: Some Methods and Applications.

Monica Maika (MA; 2012): A Use-Wear Analysis of Gravers from Southern Ontario Paleoindian Sites.