Roy Carlson


Areas of interest

North American archaeology and prehistory with particular interests in the Northwest Coast, the Southwest, and PaleoIndian cultures.


Major research programs since 1980 include several archaeological site surveys in coastal B.C. and Alaska, excavation of a potlatch house at Troup Passage on the B.C. central coast, a large scale three year excavation of the Pender Canal site in the B.C. Gulf Islands, and further work at the site of Namu. Research into PaleoIndian studies has also been on-going through the continued analysis of materials from Namu on the B.C. central coast, and field work at the Pink Mountain site in northeastern B.C. All of the B.C. field projects have employed undergraduate and graduate student crews and lab workers. The Troup Passage project (1983), and the Pender Canal (1984 -1986) and Namu (1994) excavations were integrated with SFU archaeological field Schools. The 1994 excavation at Namu was carried out jointly with the Heiltsuk Tribal Council and employed Native students.

Recent Publications

1996 Early Human Occupation in British Columbia (ed.). University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver.

1994 Before Malaspina: the Archaeology of Northwest Coast Indian Cultures In Malaspina '92, edited by M. Palau Baquero and N. Orozco Acuaviva, pp.–34–42. Real Academia Hispano-Americana, Cadiz.

1991 Clovis from the Perspective of the Ice Free Corridor. In Clovis Origins and Adaptations, edited by R. Bonnichsen and K. L.Turnmire, pp. 81–90. Center for the Study of the First Americans, Oregon State University, Corvallis.

1990 Cultural Antecedents. In Handbook of North American Indians 7 Northwest Coast, edited by W. Suttles, pp. 60–69. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

1983 Indian Art Traditions of the Northwest Coast (ed). Archaeology Press, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby.