Current IPIA Scholars

Rebecca Gray- PhD Student

Solene Mallet Gauthier – PhD Student

My research will focus on Métis foodways and identity through the analysis of plant and insect remains found on Métis overwintering sites.

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Elizabeth Goldberg – PhD Student

Libby's MA research examines the woven fiber perishables uncovered at the 13th c. site of the Promontory Caves, UT. Her work is complementary to her supervisor Jack Ives' previous studies of the site's moccasins, which bear structural similarities to those made by Subarctic Dene language-speakers. She seeks to determine if the site's basketry and cordage likewise have more in common with the Subarctic or if they better reflect those made by contemporaneous Fremont populations in the eastern Great Basin.

Stephanie Halmhofer- PhD Student

Since completing my undergraduate program at the University of Alberta in 2012, I've worked as an archaeologist in Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia. I finished my Masters degree at the University of Toronto, where I studied rare blown glass beads uncovered at Sexwamin (Garden Bay), British Columbia. Since then, my interests have turned to something called pseudoarchaeology, which refers to the misinterpretation, misrepresentation, and/or manipulation of archaeology for alternative and speculative theories about human history (aka archaeological conspiracy theories). My PhD research will be examining the connections between pseudoarchaeology and conspirituality (ideologies built from blending conspiracy theories with New Age spiritualism) in historic and contemporary North America, with close focus on Brother XII and the Aquarian Foundation (c. 1920s-1930s).

Andrew Lints- PhD Student

Beginning in 2007 at the Brandon University Archaeological Field School I developed a passion for the study of past lifeways within the Northern Great Plains. My research has always been centered around the holistic interpretation of past activities that blends the use of zooarchaeological, paleobotanical, and geoarchaeological perspectives. Currently I am working on my PhD that centers around how people inhabiting the Northern Great Plains during the Besant and Sonota era used pottery.

William (Liam) Wadsworth – PhD Student

Liam specializes in applying geophysics/remote sensing techniques to Canadian archaeology, primarily at the request of Indigenous communities. He has had the opportunity to work on diverse sites representing different time periods and cultures. His other research interests include: landscape archaeology, GIS, Indigenous Knowledge, non-invasive and digital technologies, archaeological science, and unmarked graves. His supervisor is Dr. Kisha Supernant. Story Map CV: 

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Zhe Zhang – PhD Student

I current focus on the study of Neolithic aurochs bonebed from northeast China. Through the application of traditional zooarchaeology methods, stable isotope analysis and GIS, I want to explore the formation process of bonebed and its possible role in identity and social complex.

Erika Sutherland – PhD Student

Dale Fisher – MA Student

My research focuses on the stone tool technology utilized by Indigenous groups throughout the Northern Plains in the precontact period. I conduct my research through the sourcing of stone, experimental archaeology through heat treatment and tool replication, and by identifying mobility patterns based on the types of stone used at geographic locations and in different time periods.

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Katherine Gadd – MA Student

My research examines the use of various remote sensing techniques, including LiDAR, Ground Penetrating Radar and magnetometry, in learning about the identification of anthropological features and the use of space at archaeological sites on the Alberta plains.

Emily Haines- MA Student

Emily Haines is a Métis and Polish-Canadian woman originally from the north end of Winnipeg, Manitoba, in the homeland of the Anishinaabe, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, and Métis on Treaty 1 territory. Her Métis relations have lived across the Métis homeland for centuries and include the Malaterre, Larocque, McIvor, Fleury, and Adam families among others. She has been living in Mistahi Sâkâhikan (St. Albert, Alberta) since 2001 and now lives and works in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta). She holds a BA in Anthropology and Classics from the University of Alberta and is currently pursuing a master’s degree through the Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology specializing in Indigenous Archaeologies. Her research involves investigating sites of historical Métis occupation in Edmonton, using GIS to map these sites onto the modern landscape, and to both encourage the vitality of modern Métis communities and to re-visualize Edmonton and other cities as Indigenous spaces. 

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Dawn Wambold – MA Student

I completed my BA in Anthropology with distinction at Athabasca University in 2017. Later that same year, I started my MA with the Exploring Métis Identity Through Archaeology (EMITA) project. As Métis, I am honoured to be able to tell the stories of my ancestors through the use of archaeology. My focus on Métis women helps connect me to the women of my own family that I didn't get to know. I hope that it will also help others know these remarkable women and how they, along with the men in their families,  made their homes in the lands between the Rocky Mountains and the Red River valley.

Eric Tebby - MA Student