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Aubrey Cannon

 

Research

 

I have a broad range of research interests, but the focus of my work has been on two main areas: 1) the archaeology of the central coast of British Columbia, in the territories of the Heiltsuk and Wuikinuxv First Nations, and more specifically at the site and environs of Namu, and 2) the archaeology of mortuary practice, with an emphasis on the analysis of historic cemeteries.

Labs

Fisheries Archaeology Research Centre

McMaster Centre for Sustainable Archaeology


Recent Publications

Cannon, Aubrey
2013 Historical and Humanist Perspectives. In Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Hunter Gatherers, edited by Vicki Cummings, Peter Jordan and Marek Zvelebil. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

 

Cannon, Aubrey
2013 Revealing the Hidden Dimensions of Pacific Northwest Coast Shell Middens. In Shell Energy: Prehistoric Coastal Resource Strategies, edited by G.N. Bailey and Karen Hardy. Oxford: Oxbow.

 

MacDonald, Brandi Lee, Ron Hancock, Aubrey Cannon, Fiona McNeill, Rudy Reimer, and Alice Pidruczny
2012 Elemental Analysis of Ochre Outcrops in Southern British Columbia, Canada. Archaeometry. In Press.

 

Burchell, Meghan, Aubrey Cannon, Nadine Hallmann, Henry Schwarcz, and Bernd Schöne
2012 Inter-site Variability in the Season of Shellfish Collection on the Central Coast of British Columbia. Journal of Archaeological Science.

 

Burchell, Meghan, Aubrey Cannon, Nadine Hallmann, Bernd Schöne, and Henry Schwarcz
2012 Refining Estimates for the Season of Shellfish Collection on the Pacific Northwest Coast:  Applying High-Resolution Stable Oxygen Isotope Analysis and Sclerochronology. Archaeometry

 

Cannon, Aubrey (Editor)
2011 Structured Worlds: The Archaeology of Hunter‑Gatherer Thought and Action. London: Equinox.

 

Cannon, Aubrey
2011 Cosmology and Everyday Perception in Northwest Coast Production and Reproduction. In Structured Worlds: The Archaeology of Hunter‑Gatherer Thought and Action, edited by Aubrey Cannon, pp. 54-68. London: Equinox.

 

Moss, Madonna L. and Aubrey Cannon (Editors)
2011 The Archaeology of North Pacific Fisheries. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press.

 

Cannon, Aubrey, Dongya Yang and Camilla Speller
2011 Site-Specific Salmon Fisheries on the Central Coast of British Columbia. In The Archaeology of North Pacific Fisheries, edited by Madonna L. Moss and Aubrey Cannon, pp. 57-74. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press.

 

Cannon, Aubrey and Dongya Y. Yang
2011 Pushing Limits and Finding Interpretive Balance: A Reply to Monks and Orchard. American Antiquity 76:585-595.

 

MacDonald, Brandi Lee, R.G.V. Hancock, Aubrey Cannon and Alice Pidruczny
2011 Geochemical Characterization of Ochre from Central Coastal British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Archaeological Science 38:3620-3630.

 

Cannon, Aubrey
2009 Mortuary Expressions of Mother-Daughter Inheritance and Identity. In Que(e)rying Archaeology: Proceedings of the 37th Annual Chacmool Conference, edited by  Susan Terendy, Natasha Lyons, and Michelle Janse-Smekal, pp. 67-76. Calgary: University of Calgary Archaeological Association.

 

Cannon, Aubrey and Meghan Burchell
2009 Clam Growth-Stage Profiles as a Measure of Harvest Intensity and Resource Management on the Central Coast of British Columbia. Journal of Archaeological Science 36:1050-1060.

 

Cannon, Aubrey, Meghan Burchell, and Rhonda Bathurst
2008 Trends and Strategies in Shellfish Gathering on the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America. In Early Human Impact on Megamolluscs, edited by A. Antcsak and R. Cipriani, pp. 7-22. BAR International Series. Oxford: Archaeopress.

 

Cannon, Aubrey and Nadia Densmore
2008 A Revised Assessment of Late Period (AD 1 - European Contact) Fisheries at Namu, British Columbia. Canadian Zooarchaeology 25:3-13.

 

Cannon, Aubrey and Dongya Y. Yang
2006 Early Storage and Sedentism on the Pacific Northwest Coast: Ancient DNA Analysis of Salmon Remains from Namu, British Columbia. American Antiquity 71:123-140.

 

Cannon, Aubrey
2005 Gender, Agency, and Mortuary Fashion. In Interacting with the Dead: Perspectives on Mortuary Archaeology for the New Millennium, edited by Gordon F.M. Rakita, Jane E. Buikstra, Lane A. Beck, and Sloan R. Williams, pp. 41-65. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

Significant Past Publications

Cannon, Aubrey
2002 Sacred Power and Seasonal Settlement on the Central Northwest Coast.  In Beyond Foraging and Collecting: Evolutionary Change in Hunter-Gatherer Settlement Systems, edited by Ben Fitzhugh and Junko Habu, pp. 311-328. New York: Kluwer-Plenum Press.

 

Cannon, Aubrey
2002. Spatial Narratives of Death, Memory, and Transcendence. In The Space and Place of Death, edited by Helaine Silverman and David B. Small, pp. 191-199. Arlington, Virginia: Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association, Number 11.

 

Cannon, Aubrey
2000 Assessing Variability in Northwest Coast Salmon and Herring Fisheries: Bucket-Auger Sampling of Shell Midden Sites on the Central Coast of British Columbia. Journal of Archaeological Science 27: 725-737.

 

Cannon, Aubrey
2000 Settlement and Sea-Levels on the Central Coast of British Columbia: Evidence from Shell Midden Cores. American Antiquity 65:67-77.

 

Cannon, Aubrey
1991 The Economic Prehistory of Namu: Patterns in Vertebrate Fauna. Simon Fraser University, Publications in Archaeology No. 19, Burnaby, B.C.

 

Cannon, Aubrey
1989 The Historical Dimension in Mortuary Expressions of Status and Sentiment. Current Anthropology 30:437‑458.

 

Recent Books

 

 

Book Series

Archaeology of Colonialism in Native North America

University of Arizona Press

Series Co-editors: Liam Frink and Aubrey Cannon

Volumes:

The Archaeology of Native-Lived Colonialism: Challenging History in the Great Lakes
By Neal Ferris

Landscapes and Social Transformations on the Northwest Coast: Colonial Encounters in the Fraser Valley
By Jeff Oliver

Outside the Hacienda Walls: The Archaeology of Plantation Peonage in Nineteenth-Century Yucatán
By Allan Meyers

Revolt: An Archaeological History of Pueblo Resistance and Revitalization in 17th Century New Mexico
By Matthew Liebmann

 

Graduate Supervision

I have supervised a broad range of graduate student topics over the years, though the main focus has been on aspects of fisheries archaeology, the archaeology of the Northwest Coast, and hunter-fisher-gatherers more broadly, and mortuary archaeology, with a particular emphasis on the study of historical cemeteries. I currently have limited capacity to take on new graduate students, but will consider applications from prospective MA students, who are interested in pursuing very tightly focused projects directly related to my own areas of research interest, and highly qualified prospective PhD students, who have imaginative, but carefully crafted proposals for research in areas closely related to my topical, theoretical or methodological interests and expertise.

 

Completed supervisions: PhD (9), MA (11)

 

Topics (some supervisions are listed in more than one category)

Archaeology of hunter-fisher-gatherers: Northwest Coast (PhD:4, MA:3), Arctic (PhD:2, MA:1)

Fisheries archaeology (PhD:1, MA:3)

Northeastern Woodlands archaeology: Ontario (PhD:2, MA:1)

Historical cemeteries (PhD:1; MA:3)

 

Ongoing supervisions: PhD (7), MA (1)

 

Topics (some supervisions are listed in more than one category)

Archaeology of hunter-fisher-gatherers: Northwest Coast (PhD:2;MA:1 ).

Fisheries archaeology (PhD:3)

Northeastern Woodlands archaeology: Ontario (PhD:2), New Brunswick (PhD:1)

Historical cemeteries (PhD:2)

 

Former Supervisees in Academic Positions:

 PhDs:

Maribeth Murray
Associate Professor, International Arctic Research Center and Northern Studies Program, University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Paul Prince
Faculty Member, Department of Anthropology, Grant MacEwan University.

S. Brook Milne
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Manitoba.

Neal Ferris
Associate Professor and Lawson Chair in Canadian Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, University of Western Ontario.

Rudy Reimer
Assistant Professor, Departments of Archaeology and First Nations Studies, Simon Fraser University.

Jennifer Birch
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia.

Meghan Burchell
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Post-doctoral Fellows:

Andrew Martindale
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia.

Kathryn Denning
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, York University.

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