Chris Springer

MA: 2009 Simon Fraser University

BA: 2006 Simon Fraser University

Supervisor: Dr. Dana Lepofsky

Research Interests:

Household archaeology, built environment studies, landscape archaeology, the archaeology of territoriality and land tenure, coastal and riverine-based fisher-hunter-gatherers, British Columbia First Nations history past and present, lithic technology

Ph.D. Research:

The broad goal of my research is to examine the relationship between social structure (i.e., social roles, social organization, and proprietary/communal land tenure) and built environments of past coastal and riverine based, complex fisher-hunter-gatherer communities. Specifically, I am interested in how landscape modification is linked with the socioeconomic mechanisms of land tenure and territoriality among the ancestral groups that once populated the traditional territory of the Tla’amin First Nation, a Northern Coast Salish people located on the southwest coast of British Columbia. Emphasis is on determining the chronology of large settlements, locations of settlements and important resources, inter-regional socioeconomic relationships, and ethnohistoric data referring to the division of Tla’amin territory into family owned areas. The work is a sub-project of the Tla’amin-Simon Fraser University (SFU) Heritage and Archaeology Program co-directed by Dana Lepofsky (SFU), John Welch (SFU), and Michelle Washington (Tla'amin First Nation). Additional information on the project can be found at:

Master’s Thesis:

Tracking Identity in a Harrison Valley Pithouse


Journal Articles

Springer, Chris and Dana Lepofsky

2011 Pithouses and People: Social Identity and Pithouses in the Harrison River Valley of Southwestern British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 35(1):18-54.


R.G Matson and Martin P.R. Magne

2007 Athapaskan Migrations: The Archaeology of Eagle Lake, British Columbia. Reviewed for B.C. Studies Winter/Spring (156/157):187-190 (2007/2008)

Elizabeth A. Sobel, D. Ann Trieu Gahr, and Kenneth M. Ames (Eds.)

2006 Household Archaeology on the Northwest Coast. Reviewed for The Midden 39(2):18-20 (2007)