J. Fowler


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

Office: MS226
Phone: 902-420-5631
Email: jonathan.fowler@smu.ca

Selected Articles & Reports

Fowler, J. (forthcoming) A Contempt for the Wild: Landscape Archaeology and the Forced Removal of the Acadian French, in Lee, Daniel, Gibbon, Sarah Jane, and Thomas, Antonia (eds.). Contemporary and Historical Archaeologies of Rurality and the Rural. Proceedings of the 2016 Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory Conference (CHAT), Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland 21-23 October 2016. UHI Archaeology Institute Monograph Series No. 2. Oxford: Archaeopress. 

Guiry, Eric, Noël, Stéphane, and Fowler, J. 2021. Archaeological herbivore δ13C and δ34S provide a marker for saltmarsh use and new insights into the process of 15N-enrichment in coastal plants. Journal of Archaeological Science vol. 125, pp. 1-9. 

Fowler, J. 2020a. Albion Mines Foundry Ground-Penetrating Radar Survey: HRP ANS2020100. Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 

Fowler, J. 2020b. As a fishing dispute in N.S. sees no swift end, it wasn’t always this way. CBC Nova Scotia, Sept. 27.  As a fishing dispute in N.S. sees no swift end, it wasn't always this way 

Fowler, J. 2020c. Geophysical Surveys at Grand-Pré National Historic Site, 2017-2019. Manuscript Report: Parks Canada. 

Fowler, J. 2020d. Of Middens and Wayward Rabbits. Rural Delivery vol. 45 no. 3, September, pp. 18-20. 

Fowler, J. 2020e. Forests on the Ocean Floor. Atlantic Forestry Review vol. 26 no. 6, July-August, pp. 39-40. 

Fowler, J. 2020f. Ground-Penetrating Radar and Acadian Graves at Grand-Pré. American-Canadian Genealogist, issue 157, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 21-26.  

Fowler, J. 2020g. Multi-Instrument Geophysical Survey in Horton Town Plot. Heritage Research Permit A2020NS022. Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 

Fowler, J. 2020h. Thousands of people are buried under downtown Halifax. What are they owed? CBC Nova Scotia, Feb. 23. 

Fowler, J. 2020i. Vieux Logis Geophysical Survey. Heritage Research Permit A2020NS058. Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 

Fowler, J., Barker, B., Fox, A., Jackson, A., and Michels, L. 2020 Geophysical Surveys at the SS Atlantic Heritage Interpretation Park. Heritage Research Permit A2019NS109, Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 

Fowler, J., Madinsky, E., and Ryder, S. 2020 Geophysical Surveys at Starr’s Point, BgDc-12. Manuscript Report: Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 

Fowler, J., Swiatoniowski, Ania, Payne, R., and Zwicker, K. 2020. Three GPR Cemetery Surveys. Heritage Research Permit A2019NS111, Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 

Fowler, J. 2019a Why Halifax’s Cornwallis should follow Montreal’s lead on the path to reconciliation The Coast, Jul. 11, p. 5. 

Fowler, J. 2019b Halifax’s First Ice Skating Rink: An Historical and Archaeological Survey, HRP A2018NS057. Heritage Research Permit A2018NS057, Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 

Fowler, J. 2019c HRP A2018NS056: Geophysical Surveys at Halifax’s Old Burying Ground. Heritage Research Permit A2018NS056, Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 

Fowler, J. 2019d Geophysical Surveys at Government House, St. John’s, Antigua. Report for the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda and the Government House Restoration Initiative. 

Fowler, J., Smith, V., and Weatherbee, W. 2019 Modern Archaeology Meets Halifax’s Old Burying Ground. Society for Historical Archaeology Newsletter, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 16-18. 

Fowler, J. 2018a Book review: Claire Campbell – Nature, Place, and Story: Rethinking Historic Sites in Canada. Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, vol. 21.  

Fowler, J. 2018b Halifax needs a civic museum – a place to remember even the paupers The Chronicle Herald, 23 November.  

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

Fowler, J. 2018d Extra-Mural Geophysical Survey of Fort Edward National Historic Site. Manuscript Report: Parks Canada. 

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

Fowler, J. 2018f BdCv-9 pXRF Survey: HRP A2017NS054. Manuscript Report: Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 

Fowler, J. 2018g New Research at BdCv-09, The Bayers Lake ‘Mystery Walls.’ Nova Scotia Archaeology Society Newsletter, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 9-10. 

Fowler, J., Robichaud, A., and Laroque, C. 2018. Dating the Morris House: A Study of Heritage Value in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Northeast Historical Archaeology vol. 47, pp. 161-86. 

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

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

Fowler, J. 2017c A Preliminary Report of Electromagnetic Induction Surveys at Angerona Plantation, Artemisa, Cuba. Manuscript Report: Gabinete de Arqueología de la Oficina del Historiador de la Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba. 

Fowler, J. 2017d Landscape Archaeology at Grand-Pré, 2016: HRP A2016NS024. Manuscript Report: Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 

Fowler, J. 2017e The Mission Sainte-Anne Archaeological Landscapes Project, 2016: HRP A2016NS025. Manuscript Report: Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 

Fowler, J. 2017f Report of 2015 Geophysical and Archaeological Investigations at Grand-Pré National Historic Site. Manuscript Report: Parks Canada. 

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

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

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

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

Fowler, J. 2016e Landscape Archaeology at Grand-Pré, 2015: HRP A2015NS024. Manuscript Report: Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 

Fowler, J. 2016f The Mission Sainte-Anne Archaeological Landscapes Project, 2015: HRP A2015NS034. Manuscript Report: Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 

Fowler, J. and McNeill, D. 2016 High-Resolution Magnetic Susceptibility Survey at Fort Edward National Historic Site, Canada. International Society for Archaeological Prospection News 45, pp. 13-14. 

Books

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.

Chapters 

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 Nova Scotia Planters in the Atlantic World, 1759-1830. 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.

Media

2020 Acadian Cemetery at Grand-Pré

2019 Mass graves complicate former Halifax library's futureThe Chronicle Herald

2019 Church project sparks call for Halifax archeology planThe Chronicle Herald

2019 SMU archaeology students investigating mass grave of SS Atlantic victimsHalifax Today

2019 Students sleuthing boundaries of mass grave of 1873 shipwreck victimsCBC News

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

Research

Archaeology in Acadie
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Archaeology at Grand-Pré
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