2017 UVic Archaeology field school in Barkley Sound
The department of Anthropology at UVic will be running an archaeology field school in Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation territories on western Vancouver Island as part of two 1.5-credit courses (ANTH 343 & 344). The first four days of the field school will be based in Victoria followed by two and a half weeks of remote camp-based fieldwork in the Broken Group Islands in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The final 3-weeks of the course will be spent at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (a UVic supported teaching and research facility in Barkley Sound) where students will conduct laboratory analyses and prepare written research reports on recovered archaeological material. This course will be an immersive 6-week field experience (including hiking, camping, and boat travel) and require full days and dedicated teamwork.
Archaeology of British Columbia (ANTH 340)
This course focuses on the vast and vibrant human history in British Columbia represented at archaeological sites created by First Nations peoples. The course will highlight recent research on the coast, plateau, and subarctic and consider the many ways Indigenous peoples thrived in diverse places and communities from post glacial times up to the current moment. We will also examine how archaeological research has been conducted in the province including investigating foodways, settlement practices, as well as environmental changes and how these observations have surprising implications today. This course is a chance to consider the much more ancient human history often right under our doorstep(s).
Coastal Archaeology & Historical Ecology in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
I co-instruct a 6-week, 6-credit, archaeological field school in Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation territories in Barkley Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The course is supported is run in partnership with the Tseshaht and Huu-ay-aht First Nations and and supported by the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. This community oriented course is open to students from the five member universities that collectively operate the the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (i.e., UBC, UVIC, SFU, UAlberta, and UCalgary). We are running the course again this upcoming summer (2017) and you can find additional details here or here.
In 2014, I was fortunate to co-teach a 2-week graduate level course on Ecology and Archaeology on the Central British Columbia Coast at the Hakai Institute’s Calvert Island Field Station, an amazing marine research facility where students and guest lecturers read, discussed, and ventured about on boat-based fieldtrips to learn from Indigenous knowledge holders and Hakai Institute affiliated researchers. To read student reflections about this course please visit this page.