Christopher Ellis, Western University

Anthropology Professor London, Ontario cjellis@uwo.ca Office: (519) 661-2111 ext. 85081

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Bio/Research

I am an anthropological archaeologist with major theoretical and topical research interests in hunting and gathering societies, settlement and subsistence practices, chronology building and stone tool technologies. I am an active participant in both our applied MA and regular MA & PhD graduate ar...

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Bio/Research

I am an anthropological archaeologist with major theoretical and topical research interests in hunting and gathering societies, settlement and subsistence practices, chronology building and stone tool technologies. I am an active participant in both our applied MA and regular MA & PhD graduate archaeology programs. My most recent research has focused on hunter-gatherer mobility practices including the development of more sedentary lifestyles, as these have been traditionally seen as central to understanding these peoples. I am particularly interested in how one can measure, document or sort out the varying effects of differing kinds of mobilities in the archaeological record (range mobility, residential mobility, entrenched mobility, etc.) and of course, how one can explain the mobility strategies used by different groups and why they change.

The geographical focus of my investigations has been on Ontario and more broadly, Great Lakes, archaeology. Since the 1970s I have explored my research interests largely through work on the earlier, preceramic (Paleoindian and Archaic), time period over 3000 years old. Many of my graduate students have and continue to work on stone tool assemblages from such sites. Click here or on the research link above for an overview of my current research and potential graduate student thesis research projects.

I am currently editor of the Journal Ontario Archaeology and, while I have focused on preceramic occupations, I find just about any aspect of Ontario archaeology utterly fascinating. I have been involved in fieldwork and/or reporting on a wide range of later sites across southern Ontario, from Early Woodland lithic assemblages in areas in the southwest to Middle Woodland mound sites in the Trent-Severn waterway to Late Woodland Huron and Neutral village excavations in southcentral Ontario to historic Euro-Canadian sites in the Rideau Waterway. I have also supervised graduate theses on these later dating (as well as earlier dating!) Ontario archaeological sites/collections ranging ranging from Middle Woodland faunal remains to Late Woodland Iroquoian lithic assemblages to Historic EuroCanadian ceramic assemblages (see list of titles by clicking on the teaching tab link above) as well as theses on the archaeology of areas farther afield that fit my broader theoretical/substantive interests.



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