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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
February 7, 2016
Canadian Excellence
Gary Warrick

Dr. Gary Warrick

Associate Professor, Society, Culture, and Environment and Indigenous Studies; Fellow, Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa

Contact Information
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5710
Fax: 519.759.2127
Office Location: RCE 315

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I was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. A Grade 11 ancient history course sparked my interest in archaeology and prompted me to attend McMaster University, where I studied first Classics and later Anthropology, specializing in Iroquoian archaeology. In addition to southern Ontario, I have worked in the Canadian Arctic and the mountains of B.C. I was and continue to be attracted to archaeology not for its popular appeal of exotic places and beautiful artifacts but because of a desire to learn what everyday life was like for the common person of the past. Prior to graduating with a Ph.D. in Anthropology from McGill University, I accepted a position as Regional Archaeologist with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and applied my academic training in the public sector for several years before returning to university teaching. While archaeologists tend to live and breathe their discipline even after the work day is done, my leisure time is spent travelling, bike riding, playing ice hockey, and reading non-fiction and historical novels.


  • PhD, Anthropology, McGill University
  • MA, Archaeology, Simon Fraser University
  • BA (Hons.), Anthropology, McMaster University

Research Interests:

Iroquoian archaeology and history, Ontario archaeology, colonialism and Indigenous peoples, history of the Grand River watershed, Indigenous archaeology

Representative Publications:

2006 (with R. Pearce, R. MacDonald, D. Smith, P. Timmins) "Bruce Trigger’s Impact on Ontario Iroquoian Settlement Pattern Studies". In The Archaeology of Bruce Trigger: Theoretical Empiricism, edited by R.F. Williamson and M.S. Bisson, pp. 114-134. McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal.

2006 (with L. Groarke) "Stewardship Gone Astray? Ethics and the SAA". In The Ethics of Archaeology, edited by C. Scarre and G. Scarre, pp. 163-180. Cambridge University Press, New York.

2004 (with P. General)  "The Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) and Archaeology." The SAA Archaeological Record 4(5): 29-32.

2004 "Early Aboriginal Occupation of the Grand River Watershed." In Towards a Grand Sense of Place, edited by G. Nelson, B. Veale and B. Dempster, pp. 83-98. Heritage Resources Centre, University of Waterloo, Waterloo.