Student Research in Coastal and Community Archaeology at the University of Victoria

Part of: Society for American Archaeology 82nd Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC (2017)

Community driven archaeology is broadening its influence throughout anthropology undergraduate and graduate programs in North America and elsewhere. This poster session invites emerging research contributions from student scholars in archaeological and heritage conservation in coastal British Columbia which highlight how their field based learning contributes to community interests and priorities. We examine this through two separate Indigenous and non-Indigenous field school settings. Students from the Barkley Sound project have investigated a pre-contact site in the Broken Group Islands in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Their work forms a collaboration with Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation. Students from the Heritage and Historical Archaeology field project conducted research at Emanu-El Cemetery, in Victoria, the oldest continuously used Jewish cemetery in Western Canada. The projects that they have developed and report on here are part of their contribution to the Synagogue and Jewish community. This poster session will explore how student projects can expand contemporary perspectives on the possibilities of community engaged teaching and research.