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Arnoud was a charter student at SFU, and in 1969 became one of the first archaeology graduates at SFU.
Arnoud took graduate studies at the University of Calgary, where his doctoral dissertation focused on excavations at several prehistoric housepit sites in the Lillooet area. Arnoud went on to teach archaeology and anthropology at Cariboo College (now Thompson Rivers University) in Kamloops.
In 1981, along with Stephen Lawhead, Arnoud started Arcas, an archaeology consulting company. Working throughout BC, Arcas offered consulting services to First Nations, development companies, and government agencies. Over the years Arnoud was involved in more than 90 projects, most notably the Meares Island aboriginal rights court case, archaeological research for the Squamish Nation and Ucluelet Indian Band, exca¬vations and ancestral remains recovery at Tsawwassen, GIS modeling of archaeological poten¬tial for several forest districts, the Interior to Lower Mainland Transmission line project, and the CN Rail Twin Tracking inventory. Arnoud became a recognized expert on culturally modified trees, coining the term culturally modified tree (CMT) (along with Morley Eldridge) in 1984.
In 2009 Arcas was acquired by AMEC Earth & Environmental, a multi-national consulting company based in London, England. Arnoud retired in 2015, and although mainly focused on other interests now, he continues to follow up on past archaeological work.