Department of Anthropology
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2019 Cuban Archaeological Field School
The Department of Anthropology would like to welcome:
CIS Academic All-Canadian Award
Laurel O'Bright (Honours) receiving the CIS Academic All-Canadian Award and Dr. Tanya Peckmann.
Andrew Rozendaal's Master of Applied Science Thesis Defence
Pictured from left to right are: Andrew Rozendaal and Dr. Tanya Peckmann.
NSAS Archaeology Photography Workshop
Participants learn what all those camera settings actually mean in a recent workshop on artifact photography hosted by the Anthropology Department and the Nova Scotia Archaeology Society. The workshop was held in our Archaeology Lab (MS228) and was led by honours Anthropology graduate, Vanessa Smith.
"A life-changing Saint Mary's experience"
Anthropology alum Laura de Boer spoke to Global News about how a Saint Mary's-led field school helped her find her professional calling. de Boer had planned to study Egyptology, but her 2007 field work on Cole Harbour's Poor's Farm led her to focus her career right here in Nova Scotia.
Today a Senior Archaeologist at Davis MacIntyre & Associates, a local archaeological consulting firm, de Boer recalls excavating the farm's cemetery, a major provincial historical site, with dozens of 19th-century graves. The farm housed hundreds of people considered unable to care for themelves. who lived, worked, and in many cases, died on the farm, being buried in an on-site cemetery. "We're kind of bringing back these forgotten people," de Boer says.
Paul Erickson Welcomes Scott Taylor
Paul Erickson (right) welcomes journalist Scott Taylor (left) to his talk "Clash of Cultures" at the Halifax Central Library, September 10th, 2015
Credit: Julie Simoneau
Acadian Child Facial Reconstruction
Check out this link for information: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/acadian-child-s-face-reconstructed-to-illustrate-history-1.2839645
And this article in Halifax Magazine: http://halifaxmag.com/features/ghosts-of-old-acadia-2/
On the Bookstand
A little book with a long title was shortlisted for a 2014 Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing.
Launched at Saint Mary's University in September 2013 and co-written by Jonathan Fowler and Earle Lockerby, Diaries of the Acadian Deportation No. 1: Jeremiah Bancroft at Fort Beauséjour and Grand-Pré offers an eyewitness account of the Acadian Deportations of the mid-18th century.
The book, which was published by Gaspereau Press, is constructed around the diary of a New England soldier named Jeremiah Bancroft who participated in the siege of Fort Beauséjour and who was later deployed to Grand-Pré as part of the 1755 deportation campaign.
In the Classroom
- Anthropology professor, Dr. Marty Zelenietz is featured in the latest report on the very successful LEAP Program.
"The LEAP Program has benefitted from the hard work of faculty, staff and students and I encourage you to read of the many contributions and accomplishments outlined in the report."
- Dr. David Gauthier
Vice-President, Academic and Research
In the News
- SMU adjunct professor and archaeologist Dr. Henry Cary was interviewed by CBC for this article on the archaeological excavation at the Lunenburg Academy.
- SMU Linguistic Anthropology professor Dr. Eric Henry was interviewed for this article in Halifax Magazine on the importance of ancestral languages.
- SMU Anthropology student David MacLellan is trying to conserve ancient artifacts on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Click here to see the Global News segment.
- SMU Anthropology professor and archaeologist Dr. Jonathan Fowler digs into the legend of buried Acadian treasure in CBC's 'Land and Sea'. Click here to watch!
- Dr. Paul Erickson and Dr. Jonathan Fowler unearth stories from their book 'Underground New Brunswick' on Halifax's Global Morning News. Click here to watch!
- SMU Anthropology professor and archaeologist Dr. Jonathan Fowler is interviewed in this article about the dissapointing closure of the Parks Canada Archaeology Lab in Dartmouth, which will be a cultural loss to the province.
- SMU Anthropology professor and archaeologist Dr. Jonathan Fowler's Letter to the Editor in a King's County newspaper discusses the importance of the Canard River Valley to Acadian history. See article here!
In the Field
Anthropology student Travis Crowell's co-op work term is featured on a Global TV commercial. Check it out!