The Historical Ecology and Coastal Archaeology (HECA) Lab at the University of Victoria is a multi-disciplinary group of students and collaborators working with Dr. Iain McKechnie and coastal First Nations on zooarchaeological and coastal archaeological research topics that have relevance for contemporary conservation and environmental management. We use a variety of geospatial, geochemical, ecological, and osteological methods to highlight the contributions that hundreds of human generations of Indigenous settlement have had on coastal environments in British Columbia. Please explore this site by clicking on the tabs above and links to the right.

With respect, we acknowledge the Indigenous Nations in whose territories we are fortunate to live and work in and recognize the privilege and responsibility that archaeology has in contributing towards greater understanding of Indigenous sovereignty, territories, and histories.