General Research Interests
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.