J. Casey O’Neill

Email: joseph_oneill@sfu.ca

M.A.: Simon Fraser University (In progress)

B.A.: (Honours) B.Sc.: University of Toronto (2001)

Others Credentials: Registered Professional Consulting Archaeologist (RPCA) with the British Columbia Association of Professional Archaeologists (BCAPA)                             

Supervisor: Dr. John Welch

Research Areas: Heritage Resources Management, Northwest Coast Archaeology, Boreal Forest Archaeology, Lithic Analysis, Canadian and International Politics.    

Introduction

After a decade and a half hiatus I was overdue to return to the halls of academe; partially for an educational update, partially to take advantage of a great new learning opportunity in my profession of choice! My interest in the HRM program sparked by the program’s applicability to my work and because it offered an opportunity to research a topic that was relevant to my practice. Currently, I am a practicing professional archaeologist and I have served as a volunteer on the BCAPA membership committee for many years. I also served on the BCAPA executive for five years, initially as First Director then Vice President, and finally as President. I am always happy to swap intrepid adventure stories or share consulting experiences.

Research Interest:

I am interested in the governance and management of archaeological resources, particularly where development interests drive the necessity for consulting archaeologists to mitigate unavoidable direct impacts to heritage resources. My interest extends to the etymology of the concept of mitigation, current decision making processes, the inputs considered to manage resources, and the outputs created by this type of archaeological work. I hope my thesis will make positive contributions to the profession by defining best practices.  

M.A. Research:

My thesis research is addressing current methods for determining appropriate data sample acquisition strategies for lithic archaeological sites in advance of site removal by development. I am examining existing archaeological data from consulting projects in BC, Ontario, and Alberta using a theoretical significance assessment scheme to determine appropriate levels of effort for archaeological data recovery. I intend to use this data to determine what archaeological data could be missed and/or where recovered archaeological data becomes redundant. The main goal of my thesis research is refine current methods used to determine the level of effort required to mitigate project-related impacts through archaeological data recovery projects; while defining a process that would maximize the value of recovered data while balancing the quality and cost of archaeological work.

Other Activities:

As a student of the outdoors and archaeology I enjoy all the great experiences they have to offer. I am also an avid board-sports enthusiast and enjoy downhill skiing, snowboarding, waterskiing, and wake boarding.

 

Select Consultant Reports:

Dodd, Christopher, Casey O’Neill, Dana Dalmer and Andrew Mason.

2011. Archaeological Impact Assessment and Monitoring Program Permit Report – Fraser River Flood Protection Works, Surrey, BC. HCA Permits 2010-002 and 2010-0234. Unpublished report on file with the Archaeology Branch, Victoria, BC.

Donaher, Olivia and Casey O’Neill.

2014. SFPR Heritage Recognition Area at DgRr-002 (the St. Mungo Cannery Site) Delta, BC. HCA Permit 2012-0114. Unpublished report on file with the Archaeology Branch, Victoria, BC.

Miller, Les and Casey O’Neill.

2013. Final Site Alteration Permit Report – DgRs-056: The Nottingham Farm Site. HCA Permit 2009-0150. Unpublished report on file with the Archaeology Branch, Victoria, BC.

Nascou, Alexander and Casey O’Neill.

2014. Archaeological Impact Assessment - ZED Septimus Creek Wind Power Project, northeast British Columbia. HCA Permit 2011-0149. Unpublished report on file with the Archaeology Branch, Victoria, BC.

O’Neill, Casey.

2006. Archaeological Impact Assessment: Recreational Lease Lots at Pinaus Lake and Dominic Lake, southern interior BC. HCA Permit 2006-225. Unpublished report on file with the Archaeology Branch, Victoria, BC.

O’Neill, Casey.

2006. Archaeological Impact Assessment: Section 13, Otter District, British Columbia. HCA Permit 2006-053. Unpublished report on file with the Archaeology Branch, Victoria, BC.

O’Neill, Casey.

2014. Archaeological Impact Assessment Final Permit Report: Little Rock Quarries – South Bradner Gravel Pits. HCA Permit 2012-0017. Unpublished report on file with the Archaeology Branch, Victoria, BC.

O’Neill, Casey.

2014. Archaeological Impact Assessment – Transportation and Related Infrastructure Developments Proposed by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. HCA Permit 2010-0068. Unpublished blanket permit report on file with the Archaeology Branch, Victoria, BC.

O’Neill, Casey, Cheryl Denley, and Eva Brooke.

2015. HCA Site Alteration Permit 2011-0238 – EdSr-020 Archaeological Mitigation and Monitoring for the Highway 19 Nimpkish River Bridge Rehabilitation Project. HCA SAP Permit 2011-0238. Unpublished report on file with the Archaeology Branch, Victoria, BC.

O’Neill, Casey and Christopher Lemon.

2015. Archaeological Impact Assessment Final Report – TransLink Hamilton Transit Centre, Richmond, BC. HCA Permit 2010-0198. Unpublished report on file with the Archaeology Branch, Victoria, BC.

O’Neill, Casey and Eva Brooke.

2010. Archaeological Impact Assessment Final Permit Report: Kwikwexwelhp Healing Village, New Water Pipeline and CORCAN Building, Harrison Mills, BC. HCA Permit 2010-0091. Unpublished report on file with the Archaeology Branch, Victoria, BC.

O’Neill, Casey and Eva Brooke.

2013. Final HCA Permit Report Addendum No. 3: South Fraser Perimeter Road Silda Channel Area. HCA Permit 2004-052. Unpublished report on file with the Archaeology Branch, Victoria, BC.

O’Neill, Casey and Ian Streeter.

2011. Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd. Archaeological Overview Assessment for the Jennings Project, Yukon. Yukon Archaeological Sites Regulation Permit # 10-17. Unpublished report on file with the Yukon Cultural Services Branch, Whitehorse, YT.

O’Neill, Casey and Les Miller.

2013. Final Site Alteration Permit Report: Telus Harrison River HDD Project – Alterations to DhRl-024. HCA Permit 2012-0406. Unpublished report on file with the Archaeology Branch, Victoria, BC.   

Images:

Traditional Land Use site – a mineral (moose) lick in the Heart Ranges of the Rocky Mountains, BC.

Archaeology field crew taking some well-deserved time off on the way home.

Sorted and landscaped piles of archaeological shell midden, South Pender Island, BC.

South Pender Island, south of Egeria Bay.

Culturally modified tree – bark stripped cedar from coastal BC.

Exposure of with the Mount Mazama ash layer (ca. 7,700 BP) visible, Deadman River valley, interior of BC.