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ANTH 3701 Forensic Archaeology Field School

In this course, students will learn crime scene protocols, clandestine burial recovery techniques and evidence collection. Topics include the roles of crime scene personnel, scene safety and ethics, evidence photography and documentation, 3D crime scene mapping, establishing scene perimeters, crime scene surveying, gridding and mapping, and excavation techniques.

Held in Ontario, August 19-26, 2023; prerequisites: 60 university credit hours. For more information, contact Dr. Tanya Peckmann

2019 Cuban Archaeological Field School

2019 Cuba Field School - Angerona


The Department of Anthropology would like to welcome:

Dr. Daniel Gaudio  Dr. Laura Eastham


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

Andrew Rozendaal thesis defense

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: 

And this article in Halifax Magazine: 


 On the Bookstand‌‌

A little book with a long title was shortlisted for a 2014 Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing. Diaries of the Acadian Deportation No. 1: Jeremiah Bancroft at Fort Beauséjour and Grand-Pré

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. Marty Leap image
    "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!


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