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Dr. Lisa Rankin is an Associate Professor, and has been on the faculty of the Department of Archaeology at Memorial University since 2000. She has a B.A. from the University of British Columbia (1991), an M.A. from Trent University (1994), and a Ph.D. from McMaster University (1998). Her M.A. thesis was an ethnohistorical study of the Inka administrative policy of resettling ethnic populations from one region to another within the Inka empire to carry out specific tasks for the state, and how the policy’s implementation varied through space and time. Her Ph.D. dissertation was an archaeological study of the introduction of horticulture into southern Ontario, and the role played in that process by the interactions between prehistoric foragers and farmers. Since coming to Memorial, Dr. Rankin has applied her interest in interactions between different ethnic groups to a study of the interactions between the various Aboriginal cultures that have occupied coastal Labrador over the past 9000 years. Her recent and current field research focuses on the long-term adaptations of the Maritime Archaic (ca 7000-4000 BP), Paleoeskimo (ca 4000-1000 BP) and recent Thule/Inuit occupations.

Dr. Lisa Rankin, doing field work near Cartwright, Labrador.

In 2003, Dr. Rankin received a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant of just over $166,000 to establish the Centre for Environmental Archaeology and Cultural Systems in Central Labrador within the Department of Archaeology.

In addition to her research, Dr. Rankin teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Archaeology, serves as the Department’s Graduate Co-ordinator, and is part of the Aboriginal Studies minor within the Faculty of Arts.

You may contact Dr. Rankin at:

Department of Archaeology, Memorial University
St. John's, NL
A2C 5S7
(709) 737-4808