ANTH 343 and ANTH 344: UVic Archaeology field school in Barkley Sound

I teach the archaeology field school UVic Department of Anthropology in Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation territories on western Vancouver Island. The course is supported in partnership with the Tseshaht and Huu-ay-aht First Nations and the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The field school is actually two separate courses (ANTH 343 & 344) which are each UVic 1.5 credits. 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


ANTH 340 – Archaeology of British Columbia

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).

The view of a clam garden on Quadra Island from a drone (aka. UAV). Photo: Keith Holmes, Hakai Institute.

ANTH 360 – Zooarchaeology

This course surveys the methodological practice of zooarchaeology. Through lectures and labs, we consider how human-animal relationships are represented and interpreted in the archaeological record. While zooarchaeology was initially considered a sub-disciplinary specialty at the margins of archaeology, it is an increasingly central focus for archaeological research globally. This course tracks this historical and methodological development focusing on the many ways humans utilized animals in diverse settings and communities in the past. We also examine how zooarchaeological research has enriched anthropological understanding of ancient foodways, human evolution, the impacts of animal domestication and management, and environmental change. We will examine how these observations have broad implications today, particularly in conservation, Indigenous reconciliation, and environmental governance.

Humback Whale inside a Pacific Herring from Haida’ artist April White’s Herring People series.

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 [.pdf download].

Ecology Meets Archaeology on Calvert Island.