I received my PhD in Archaeology from the University of Toronto in 1998 and my MA in anthropology from the University of Toronto in 1986.
For 6 years, I was the co-owner of the archaeological consulting firm Historic Horizon Inc. In this capacity, I was involved in dozens of cultural resource management (CRM) projects in Ontario, working primarily on National Historic Sites; e.g., Dundurn Castle, Ruthven Park, Battlefield House, Whitehern Museum, Chiefswood; Provincial Historic Sites: Ste. Marie among the Hurons, and Discovery Harbour, and for various municipalities in southern Ontario.
Before joining Laurier in 2000, for 10 years I taught archaeological field schools at Dundurn Castle National Historic Site in Hamilton for McMaster University and also for Laurier at Discovery Harbour Provincial Historic Site.
My research interest is the archaeology of post-1500 A.D. North America and the effects of colonization, both on First Nations people and also the transformation of European cultures in North America. My interests have focused on various domestic occupations of First Nations and early settlers in southern Ontario in the 18th and 19th centuries. Within the field of conflict archaeology, I have studied the War of 1812 period siege at Old Fort Erie, N.H.S., the British naval base at Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene, and the fortifications of Bermuda. My work in Bermuda also includes an investigation of some of the earliest English colonial sites in the New World, studied in a landscape archaeology context, using a multidisciplinary approach.
One of my goals in teaching is to provide training for students entering the field of CRM, and more generally heritage conservation and preservation. I teach archaeological field schools for credit on a regular basis during the spring semesters and will be working at old Fort Erie in 2015. During February Reading Week, I have taken students to participate on various research projects in Bermuda for non-credit field study. I have many volunteer opportunities for students to work in my lab during the fall and winter terms assisting with materials excavated on the research projects.
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