Reminder! Guest Lecture by Daryl Fedje: Sea Levels and Archaeology on the Northwest Coast

The VIU Department of Anthropology and Anthropology Student Club are pleased to present a free public lecture by

Daryl Fedje

Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria

Sea Levels and Archaeology on the Northwest Coast

The early archaeological record on the BC coast is poorly known, partly as a consequence of relative sea level change. Sea level history varies considerably along the coast with early shorelines having shifted rapidly during early post-glacial to early Holocene time. On parts of the coast early shorelines are now drowned up to 150 m while in other parts they are stranded 150 m or more above modern levels. By developing regional sea level histories, archaeologists are now able to design investigations to locate archaeological sites dating to this early time.

Daryl Fedje’s research interests are focused on Quaternary paleoecology and the early human history of the Pacific Northwest Coast.

Where: VIU Nanaimo campus, Building 356, Lecture Hall 109

When: Tuesday January 28, 2014, 11:30 AM – 12:50 PM


Daryl Fedje VIU ANTH Talk

M.Sc. funding for 2 students (Trent University)

Two M.Sc. fellowships are available in the department of anthropology at Trent University (Ontario, Canada) under the supervision of Eugène Morin. The fellowships are funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant entitled “Reassessing the chronology, composition and climatic implications of three Neandertal and early modern human sites from France.”
Full funding will be provided to each student for a period of up to two years starting in 2014-2015. The successful applicants will be expected to focus on one of the following topics:
– spatial analysis of faunal and lithic objects in a cave sequence
– archeozoological analysis of a Middle or Upper Paleolithic assemblage
International students are welcome to apply. Interested applicants should contact Eugène Morin by February 1, 2014.
Eugene Morin
Associate Professor
Trent University, Dept. of Anthropology
DNA Block C, 2140 East Bank Drive
Peterborough, ON, Canada K9J 7B8
Tel: 705-748-1011, ext. 7682

Musqueam First Nation preserves Marpole Midden site

Portion of one of BC’s most significant archaeological sites under threat of development will be preserved following land deal

From (by YOLANDE COLE on OCT 2, 2013 at 2:30 PM)

CECILIA POINT IS breathing a sigh of relief following news of a deal reached between the Musqueam Indian Band and Century Group.

 The First Nation and developer announced the successful sale of a two-acre portion of land known as the Marpole Midden on Tuesday (October 1). The deal follows more than 18 months of negotiations.

Point was among the Musqueam community members who held vigil for 200 days last year after intact human remains were found during archaeological work on the site that was slated for a condo development.

Now that the sale has been finalized, the Musqueam say the ancient burial site and village can be preserved.

“I’m happy and relieved, and I’m glad it’s over, and I look forward to the next steps,” Point told the Straight by phone.

“I know that ourselves, and actually the community members of Marpole that came by to visit us, are all very enthused about having a beautiful green space there.”

Musqueam band councillor Wade Grant told the Straight that a meeting will be held in the coming weeks to gather input from community members on ways to preserve the site, including the possibility of turning the area into a park.

“I think the most important thing is that we protect it, and we want people to know, not only our community members, but we want all people to know that that place is now protected, and we can share that with them,” he said in a phone interview.

The councillor described the site near the north end of the Arthur Laing Bridge as the Musqueam’s “last remaining connection” to how the community’s ancestors lived.

“The city of Vancouver has grown up around us—a lot of our traditional sites, our village sites and historic sites have been developed and destroyed in the past,” said Grant.

“Luckily that site itself still remains intact underneath the ground…it’s our way of being able to connect to who we are for thousands of years in history and share that with our community members and our children in the future. If we had destroyed that, we lose a connection to who we are.”

Full story at

Approaches to the Anthropocene: A Conversation with Philippe Descola and Bruno Latour at UBC

Approaches to the Anthropocene

Join us September 25th at UBC MOA for a conversation with Bruno Latour and Philippe Descola

Bruno Latour and Philippe Descola are two of France’s most prominent intellectuals, and both have redefined their respective fields of expertise by considering the place of human agency – and non-human actors – in the construction of the modern world. In this conversation, Latour and Descola will discuss the idea of the anthropocene, a new geological era in which humans have become the principal agents for the transformation of our planetary systems: from small-scale consumption of natural resources to large-scale human-induced climate change. Drawing on the fields of anthropology, science studies, and other allied disciplines, these two thinkers will discuss their views on how human intervention in the natural world has not only transformed planetary ecosystems, but also the very ideas and models we use to think about the planet as a whole.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register online here.

Doors open at 5:00 PM.

Space is limited and seating is on a first-come basis: *MUST ARRIVE BY 5:15 PM for your registration to be valid*

A reception will follow.

This event is co-sponsored by the Museum of Anthropology, the French Consulate Vancouver, and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC.

September 25th, 2013 5:30 PM through 7:00 PM
Museum of Anthropology
Great Hall
6393 Northwest Marine Drive

Master’s Scholarship in Archaeology – Cambridge University

University of Cambridge

MPhil Scholarship

University of Cambridge -Division of Archaeology

One River Project MPhil Scholarship funded by the Leverhulme Trust

Applications are invited for the above scholarship in the Division of Archaeology, University of Cambridge. Applicants must hold a degree in Archaeology from a recognised University at the time of application [a North American BA in Anthropology generally is considered equivalent]. Expertise in GIS analysis, hydrological modelling and/or in South American archaeology are highly desirable. The successful applicant will carry out a one year, fully-funded Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Archaeological Research in the Division of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, to bring together various lines of archaeological survey data using the Arc-GIS platform to meet the various objectives of the One River Project:  Changes in ancient land and water-use along the Río Ica, south-central Andes.

The One River Project aims to track the flux in rich cultural florescence and collapse through the past along the course of a single river — the Río Ica — from the southern Andes to its arid coast. It combines archaeological survey with geoarchaeological and archaeobotanical data to explain how settlement along the drainage has shifted throughout prehistory in response to changes in climate, water and land use and cycles of human-induced landscape degradation and recovery.

The successful candidate will receive a bursary to cover University of Cambridge Fees, and receive a maintenance grant of £14,000 for the year.

Due to funding restrictions applicants must meet all entrance requirements for the MPhil in Archaeology including holding at least a 2.i honours degree from a UK university or equivalent and must be able to provide proof that they meet English language requirements for this course. A full list of entrance requirements can be found on the University of Cambridge Graduate Admissions website

Applications are sought by the indicated closing date to start the MPhil course by October 2013. Interviews for the scholarship will be held at the Division of Archaeology on Friday 20 September 2013.

For further information please contact the Graduate Administrator: Ben Davenport 01223 333520

Application can be made by submission of a comprehensive CV with details of two academic referees and a one page covering letter explaining your interest in the project sent to:

Please use the reference code JD31522 in all correspondence regarding this scholarship.

The closing date for applications is 17:00 [UK Time] on Monday 16 September 2013