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Robert J Losey, PhD, MSc, BA

Associate Professor



About Me

I am an associate professor at the University of Alberta, and my specialization is the archaeology of human-animal relationships. I hold courtesy appointments at the Smithsonian Institution and the Centre for Advanced Study, Norwegian Academy of Sciences. Most of my field research takes place in Eastern Russia, ranging from the steppe lands along its southern border, to the maritime regions of Pacific coast, to the Arctic. Much of my recent work involves the study of dog life histories and how these interweave with those of people, but I am involved in projects on pastoralism, sealing on Lake Baikal, domestication, and hunter-gatherer subsistence practices. Most of this work is zooarchaeological, but I also have a strong interest in northern ethnography. 


Please see the following web pages for information on some of my current research projects:

Arctic Domestication in the Era of the Anthropocene:

Long-term History of People and their Dogs in the North:

Arctic Domus Project:

Baikal-Hokkaido Archaeology Project:


Courses taught at the University of Alberta:

Anth 206: Introduction to Archaeology

Anth 219: Introduction to World Prehistory

Anth 480: Development of Anthropological Archaeology

Anth 477/577: Northwest Coast Archaeology

Anth 480/580: Zooarchaeology

Anth 481: Development of Anthropological Archaeology

Anth 484/584: Archaeology of Animals in Ritual

Anth 484/584: The Archaeology of Dogs

Anth 486/586: Archaeology of Aquatic Adaptations

Anth 486/586: People and Animals

Anth 584: Modern Archaeological Theory

Anth 584: Advanced Zooarchaeology