As a historical archaeologist, Ross Jamieson’s research focuses on the colonial period in the highlands of Ecuador, South America. Since 2004 he has been working in the Colta region of the central highlands. Their excavations there have revealed the remains of the colonial city of Riobamba, destroyed by an earthquake in 1797, including the remains of the colonial hospital, several monasteries and convents, and a number of houses.
In 2014, he became a co-investigator on a project to look at the historical ecology of a 19th century sugar plantation on San Cristóbal Island in the Galapagos. Run partially with prison labour from the mainland, this plantation profoundly changed the ecology of the island, and our excavations there are aimed at revealing these ecological effects, as well as the daily lives of the workers who laboured there. He has also recently begun a project to study the historical archaeology of the City of New Westminster, here in British Columbia. This is a project involving student volunteers from the Archaeology Department, and so far they are working on initial setup of GIS data to understand the urban dynamics of New West, with the aim to eventually conduct excavations at various places in the city.