New Course: Anthropology 360 – Zooarchaeology

I am excited for the opportunity to teach this new course which will tackle zooarchaeology globally and locally in western North America.

UVic Archaeology field school in Barkley Sound

The department of Anthropology at UVic is pleased to have the support and collaboration to run an archaeology field school in Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation territories on western 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. The field school is run as two 1.5-credit courses (ANTH 343 & 344). The first few days of the field school are 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 are 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 is an immersive 6-week field experience (including hiking, camping, and boat travel) and require full days and dedicated teamwork.

for more info on this course, please visit the COURSE BLOG

Wet-screening on the beach in the Broken Group Islands.




The view of a clam garden in the Discovery Islands from a drone. Photo: Keith Holmes, Hakai Institute
The view of a clam garden in the Discovery Islands from a drone. Photo: Keith Holmes, Hakai Institute

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).


Intersections of Archaeology & Ecology at the Hakai Beach Institute


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.