Shellfish Archaeology in BC

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 19:00 - 21:00

Shellfish Archaeology in BC

February 13

Meaghan Efford, MA Student in Coastal Archaeology, UVIC

Shellfish Archaeology in BC

Meaghan Efford is on the executive of the Archaeological Society of BC and is an MA Student in Coastal Archaeology at the University of Victoria. Her research interests focus on shellfish archaeology, coastal and historical ecology, food culture, and Indigenous governance. Currently her research is looking at presumed rare shellfish taxa on the Northwest Coast, including gooseneck barnacles, marine snails, chitons, cockles, limpets, sea urchins, and abalone. She is interested in how these shellfish are represented in archaeological samples and ethnographic reports, specifically how the conventional collection and quantification analysis methods may not be catching the remains of these taxa. Additionally, she is interested in what roll these shellfish play in the dietary profiles of Nuu-chah-nulth peoples, and how can we adjust the methods to better look for these presumed rare taxa.