Department of Anthropology

Dr. Jonathan Fowler at Grand-Pré National Historic Site (Paul Darrow photo).

Jonathan Fowler
Anthropology Department

Saint Mary's University
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

DPhil (Oxford), Associate Professor. Archaeology and colonialism; landscape archaeology; material culture and identity; archaeological geophysics; public archaeology.

Office: MS226
Phone: 902-420-5631


Fowler, Jonathan 2018 Removing Cornwallis from his perch: History evolves. Statues do not. The Globe and Mail, 8 February, O5. 

Fowler, Jonathan 2018 We Should Distinguish History From Heritage in Cornwallis Debate. The Chronicle Herald, 6 February. 

Fowler, Jonathan 2017 Myth, Memory, and Militarization: A Case of Selective Amnesia at Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia. Anthropology Now, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 45-56.

Fowler, Jonathan 2017 Finding Daub. Society for Historical Archaeology Newsletter, vol. 50, no. 2, pp. 7-8.

Fowler, Jonathan 2016 Viewing Conductivity and Susceptibility in Stereo: A Geophysical Survey in Colonial Acadia. International Society for Archaeological Prospection News 48, pp. 3-5.

Fowler, Jonathan 2016 President's Letter: Defending Archaeology. Nova Scotia Archaeology Society Newsletter, vol. 26 no. 2, pp. 3-4.

Fowler, Jonathan 2016 President's Letter: A Year of Renewal for the Nova Scotia Archaeology Society. Nova Scotia Archaeology Society Newsletter, vol. 26 no. 1, pp. 3-4.

Fowler, J. 2016 John Winslow's Fingerprints: A Case of Archaeological Detection. American-Canadian Genealogist, vol. 42 no. 145, pp. 39-45.

Fowler, Jonathan 2015 Acadian Archaeology and the Canard River Valley. The Register/Advertiser.

Fowler, Jonathan 2013 Seeing Through Soil with Archaeogeophysics at the Thibodeau SiteArchaeology in Nova Scotia 2012 News. Halifax: The Nova Scotia Museum.

Fowler, Jonathan 2012 On Not Meeting Arthur Noble at Grand-PréArchaeology in Nova Scotia: 2011 News. The Nova Scotia Museum.

Fowler, Jonathan 2012 Finding Samuel Copp at Grand-PréArchaeology in Nova Scotia: 2011 News. The Nova Scotia Museum.

Fowler, Jonathan 2009 A 17th Century Sluice Raises New Questions at Grand-PréLa Société Historique Acadienne, Les Cahiers, vol. 40 no. 3, pp. 100-128.

Fowler, Jonathan 2007 Keeping the tides at bayThe Nova Scotian, 27 May, pp. 1, 3-4.

McNeill, J. Duncan and Fowler, Jonathan 2013 Quadrature-Phase Susceptibility Anomalies Detected with the Geonics EM 38B. International Society for Archaeological Prospection (ISAP) Newsletter no. 35, pp. 15-16.


Erickson, Paul, and Fowler, Jonathan (eds.) 2013 Underground New Brunswick: Stories of Archaeology. Halifax: Nimbus 

Erickson, Paul, and Fowler, Jonathan (eds.) 2010 Underground Nova Scotia: Stories of Archaeology. Halifax: Nimbus

Fowler, Jonathan and Lockerby, Earle 2013 Diaries of the Acadian Deportations Volume 1: Jeremiah Bancroft at Fort Beauséjour and Grand-Pré. Kentville: Gaspereau Press.


Fowler, Jonathan 2018 The Archaeologist's Evangeline: Historical Archaeology in Acadia. In Symonds James and Herva, Vesa-Pekka (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Historical Archaeology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Fowler, Jonathan and Noël, Stéphane 2017 Poetry is Always Truer than History: The Curious Parentage of Acadian Archaeology, in Brooks, A. and Mehler, N. (eds.) The Country Where My Heart Is: Historical Archaeologies of Nationalism and National Identity. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, pp. 37-68.

Fowler, Jonathan 2013 Saint Croix Island, Archaeology, and the Memory of Firsts, in Erickson, Paul, and Fowler, Jonathan (eds.) Underground New Brunswick: Stories of Archaeology. Halifax: Nimbus, pp. 65-73.

Fowler, Jonathan 2012 From Acadians to Planters in the Grand-Pré Area: An Archaeological Perspective, in Henderson, Stephen and Robichaud, Wendy (eds.) The New England Planters in the Atlantic World, 1760-1830. Fredericton: Acadiensis Press, pp. 37-61.

Fowler, Jonathan 2010 A Walk Back in Time at Grand-Pré, in Erickson, Paul, and Fowler, Jonathan (eds.) Underground Nova Scotia: Stories of Archaeology. Halifax: Nimbus, pp. 43-54.

Fowler, Jonathan and Ferguson, Rob 2010 Beneath the Blockhouse Floor, in Erickson, Paul, and Fowler, Jonathan (eds.) Underground Nova Scotia: Stories of Archaeology. Halifax: Nimbus, pp. 63-74.


2018 ‘Statues are not history’: considering the removal of Sir John A. Macdonald, Global News

2018 Archeologists searching for Victorian-era rink in Halifax Public Gardens, The Chronicle Herald

2018 The quest to find a Victorian-era rink buried beneath the Public Gardens, CBC News

2018 Remember This? Thousands of years of buried history shows HRM needs an Archaeological Management Plan, Halifax Today

2018 The Mystery of Grand-Pré’s Stone House, The Chronicle Herald

2018 Remember This? 18th Century Fort Massey Beneath Queen Street and South Street, Halifax Today

2018 Remember This? Halifax’s Historic Forts, Halifax Today

2017 “Why is Ottawa trying to move Atlantic Canada’s artifacts to Quebec?”

2017 Students Cuba-bound for slave plantation ‘dig’, The Chronicle Herald

2017 Concerns that the feds are moving Atlantic Canada's archaeology lab in Dartmouth to Gatineau, Quebec - and taking our artifacts with them, CBC Information Morning Halifax

2017 Archaeologist mourns upcoming loss of 'state-of-the-art' lab in Dartmouth, CBC News

2016 Archeologists may study Bayers Lake Mystery Walls with Halifax's help, CBC News

2016 Archeologists look for star-shaped fort near Lunenburg Academy, CBC News

2015 La région de Grand-Pré pourrait bientôt révéler ses secrets, CBC Radio-Canada

2015 Phlis McGregor, Archeologists searching for Grand-Pré Acadian church site

2015 Fowler strives to uncover Grand Pre, The Chronicle Herald, 7 June, by John DeMont: 

2014 Acadian child’s face reconstructed to illustrate history, CBC News Nova Scotia, 19 Nov.

2014 Ghosts of Old Acadia: Halifax researchers put a human face on Nova Scotia’s forgotten history, Halifax Magazine, 2 Sept.

2014 Fouilles archéologiques à Grand-Pré, CBC Radio-Canada, 2 Sept.

2014 Acadian Treasure, Land and Sea, CBC Television, 2 Feb.


Archaeology in Acadie

Archaeology at Grand-Pré