Earl Stefanyshen

Email: estefany@sfu.ca

M.A.: Simon Fraser University

B.A. studies (non-degree seeking):  Simon Fraser University
B.A.: University of Winnipeg (1991), Emily Carr University (1995)                       

Supervisor: Dr. Francesco Berna

Research Areas: Heritage Resource Management, Archaeology of British Columbia Interior Plateau, Anthropogenic Landscape Burning, Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, Archaeology and Architecture of Western Himalayas


The goal of my research is to provide quantitative descriptions of the effects of wildfires on the soil contexts of archaeological sites in southern British Columbia. My methodology will involve collecting samples taken from the soil profiles of various wildfires which have occurred in heavily forested areas in the vicinity of known archaeological sites. These samples will be processed in a lab into thin-section slides and analyzed using micro-infrared spectroscopy (mFT-IR). There are several indicator minerals in soils and sediments that react predictably to high temperatures. When analyzed with mFT-IR, these will accurately indicate the temperatures that have been reached at specific depths at the site of a wildfire. Other chemical and mineralogical transformations that have taken place will also be documented and described from an analysis of samples at a resolution of ~50 microns.

M.A. Thesis: http://www.sfu.ca/archaeology/graduate/theseslist/thesisstefanyshen-HRM.html

Other Academic Interests: 

Vernacular architecture of Himalayan region, Tibetan language studies.



Tree-throw at Mara Lake, British Columbia

Lahaul Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India

Rammed-earth structure, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India

Aqueduct at 4000m, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India

Documenting a cabin, White Lake, British Columbia