Lifeways

Personnel

Claire Bourges (Managing Partner and Senior Project Archaeologist)

Claire has over 25 years of experience in archaeology across the world. Claire has been a Project Archaeologist at Lifeways since 1998, taking on the role of Office Manager in 2001. Claire's archaeological field experience is vast, having worked on projects in the Boreal Forests of northern Alberta, in the High Arctic of the Northwest Territories, throughout the interior of British Columbia, in the American Southwest, and throughout Africa including Sudan, Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon. While working in Africa Claire gained much experience in all aspects of project management, playing an integral role in excavating complex archaeological sites. Her main areas of expertise became the analyses of ceramics and historic period artifacts. Closer to home Claire has been heavily involved in large complex project across the Province of Alberta. Her knowledge in historic artifacts transferred easily to local historic sites, and she has since gained a wide range of knowledge in lithic analysis as well. Currently Claire runs the Lifeways office and oversees the logistics of most of our projects. Claire is always happy to provide clients, new and old, with project proposals and cost estimates, project updates, or information on the Historical Resources Act clearance process.

Academic Degrees: M.A. (Archaeology) University of Calgary; B.A. (Archaeology) University of Calgary

Memberships in Professional Associations: Association of Consulting Archaeologists, Archaeological Society of Alberta

Brian Vivian (Partner and Senior Project Archaeologist)

Brian started working with Lifeways of Canada in 1981 and has over 30 years of experience in the field of archaeology, having participated in archaeological projects throughout southern Alberta and the Canadian Rocky Mountains in addition to projects further afield in places such as the Canadian High Arctic, the interior of British Columbia, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, California, New York, and Ghana, West Africa. Brian's specific fields of expertise include high altitude adaptations in the Rocky Mountains, cultural change in southern Alberta, as well as the emergence of the Asante Kingdom in Ghana, West Africa. Currently Brian is in charge of most projects in the Calgary Region, but also works all over Alberta and beyond. Brian is currently President of the Archaeological Society of Alberta, and from 1999 to 2008 and 2010 to 2016 he served as President of the Calgary Centre of Archaeological Society of Alberta. Brian remains active in providing public lectures and guided tours of Precontact and historic sites in the Calgary Region for the Archaeological Society and Lifeways of Canada (learn more about our tours here).

Academic Degrees: Ph.D. candidate (Archaeology), SUNY Binghamton; M.A. (Archaeology), University of Calgary; B.A. (Archaeology/Anthropology), Simon Fraser University

Memberships in Professional Associations: Archaeological Society of Alberta, Association of Consulting Archaeologists, Canadian Archaeological Association, Rocky Mountain Archaeological Society

Dr. Dan Meyer (President and Senior Project Archaeologist)

Dan joined the Lifeways team in 2001. Throughout his 25-year archaeological career Dan has worked on archaeological projects in the Foothills and Rocky Mountains, Northern Plains, Boreal Forest, Yellowstone National Park, American Southwest, Mexico, and the Eastern Woodlands. More specifically, he has worked in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, Colorado, New Mexico, Vermont, and Chiapas, Mexico. With his extensive knowledge of the Alberta Foothills and Eastern Slopes, he is currently managing the Historical Resources predictive modeling and management plans for Lifeways' forestry clients, as well as directing and managing numerous other projects across the Province. These include First Nations consultation and Traditional Land Use studies, and Historical Resources Impact Assessments and mitigations for small-scale oil and gas projects, coal mines, oilsands developments, utility companies, and the Provincial government. Dan has also served as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Archaeology at the University of Calgary, and is a past President and currently President- Elect of the Association of Consulting Archaeologists of Alberta.

Academic Degrees: Ph.D. (Archaeology), University of Calgary; B.A. Cum Laude with Distinction in the Major (Anthropology), University of Pennsylvania

Memberships in Professional Associations: Archaeological Society of Alberta, Association of Consulting Archaeologists, Canadian Archaeological Association, Society for American Archaeology

Dr. Brian O.K. Reeves (Founder and Senior Consultant)

Brian (Barney) is the Founder of Lifeways, Alberta's oldest cultural resource consulting and contracting company. He has over 40 years of research and professional experience and specializes in Northern North American Archaeology, Ethnohistory, and Cultural Resource Management. He has worked on and managed numerous archaeological surveys and excavations in Alberta and across western North America in his career, both for development projects and academic research. Barney was a pioneer in the development of Traditional Use Studies with First Nations groups in Alberta, and has been actively involved in many consultation programs. Over the years he has introduced and tutored numerous students in the fields of archaeology and historical resources management, and has made important contributions to the development of the field in Alberta. His career long contributions to our understanding of culture chronologies on the Northern Plains, Rocky Mountains, and the Oilsands regions have given him an international reputation as one of North America's best. Barney is also Professor Emeritus in Archaeology at the University of Calgary.

Academic Degrees: Ph.D. (Archaeology), University of Calgary; M.A. (Archaeology), University of Calgary; B.Sc. (Geology), University of Alberta; B.A. (Philosophy), University of Alberta (Calgary)

Memberships in Professional Associations: Canadian Archaeological Association, Association of Consulting Archaeologists, Archaeological Society of Alberta, Montana Archaeological Society, Alberta Historical Society, Montana Historical Society, Plains Anthropological Society

Brent Murphy (Aboriginal Engagement Specialist and Senior Project Archaeologist)

Brent is the most recent member of the Lifeways team, joining us in early 2016. Brent is an Aboriginal Engagement Specialist and Senior Project Archaeologist who brings more than 20 years of consulting experience. He has worked on a wide variety of projects from oil and gas to urban developments, linear projects, and mines throughout western and northern Canada, Tanzania, Idaho, and Texas and research experience in eastern Canada and southern France. Since 2009 Brent has been leading First Nations consultation, Traditional Land Use/Traditional Knowledge studies, and Aboriginal Engagement for projects in Alberta, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories. Brent is currently the Vice-President of the Calgary Centre of the Archaeological Society of Alberta.

Academic Degrees: M.A. (Anthropology), Memorial University of Newfoundland; B.A. Hon. (Anthropology), University of New Brunswick; B.A. (Anthropology), Saint Thomas University

Memberships in Professional Associations: Archaeological Society of Alberta, Association of Consulting Archaeologists, Canadian Archaeological Association, Archaeological Institute of America, Society for American Archaeology, Register of Professional Archaeologists

Jason Roe (Project Archaeologist)

Jason has worked with Lifeways since 1998. In his over 20-year career he has worked on archaeological projects throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, and into the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia and the Yukon, and has been involved in Traditional Use Studies with First Nations in Alberta. He is currently involved with several projects across the Eastern Slopes implementing work programs for our forestry clients, and in the rest of Alberta. Jason specializes in stone tool analysis and raw material identification. He is an accomplished flintknapper and produces museum-quality reproduction projectile points and other tools, as well as running workshops on stone tool making technology. He completed his Master's Thesis on stone tool technology in the Foothills of Alberta.

Academic Degrees: M.A. (Archaeology), University of Saskatchewan; B.A. (Archaeology), University of Calgary

Memberships in Professional Associations: Association of Consulting Archaeologists, Archaeological Society of Alberta, Saskatchewan Archaeological Society

Dr. Lindsay Amundsen-Meyer (Project Archaeologist)

Lindsay joined the Lifeways team in 2014. She brings with her consulting and research experience from across Alberta, having worked in the consulting industry as well as for Parks Canada and the University of Calgary. Lindsay has directed a multiyear research project on the southern Alberta Plains and worked on archaeological investigations in the Boreal Forest, Plains, and Rocky Mountains in a consulting context. She specializes in Plains archaeology and spatial analysis in archaeology, including the use of geographic information systems. Lindsay completed her Doctoral Dissertation on settlement patterning along the Old North Trail in the southern Alberta.

Academic Degrees: Ph.D. (Archaeology), University of Calgary; B.A. (Archaeology), University of Calgary

Memberships in Professional Associations: Association of Consulting Archaeologists, Archaeological Society of Alberta, Society for American Archaeology

Dr. Christy de Mille (Project Archaeologist)

Christy joined Lifeways in 2007 bringing with her 10 years of consulting experience across Alberta and beyond. In her almost 20 years of consulting experience, Christy has directed and been associated with archaeological investigations within a number of the varied environmental and cultural landscapes that make up Alberta, although the bulk of her experience has been on the Plains. She has applied her knowledge of stone tool technology and love of debitage to excavations in the Oilsands regions of northern Alberta. Christy also maintains an active research interest in the archaeology of Antigua, in the Eastern Caribbean, and in the past has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Archaeology at the University of Calgary.

Academic Degrees: Ph.D. (Archaeology), University of Calgary; M.A. (Anthropology), Trent University; B.Sc. (Archaeology), University of Calgary

Memberships in Professional Associations: Association of Consulting Archaeologists, Canadian Archaeological Association, Society for American Archaeology, International Association for Caribbean Archaeology, Museum of Antigua and Barbuda.

Kendra Kolomyja (Project Archaeologist)

Kendra joined the Lifeways staff in 2007. She has worked on archaeological projects in southern Alberta, the Eastern Slopes, the Oilsands, Malta, and Jordan. Kendra specializes in ceramic analysis and is also Lifeways' specialist in historic artifacts and research. Kendra is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Alberta Association of Consulting Archaeologists.

Academic Degrees: M.Phil. (Archaeology), Leiden University (Netherlands); B.A. (Archaeology), University of Calgary

Memberships in Professional Associations: Association of Consulting Archaeologists

Janet Blakey (Assistant Project Archaeologist)

Janet has worked with Lifeways since 2001. In her more than 15-year career she has worked on projects across southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Chile. Janet specializes in faunal analysis, geoarchaeological applications in archaeology including soils analysis and palaeotopographic landscape modeling, as well as other computer/graphic applications in archaeology. She has also assisted in ongoing paleoenvironmental studies in the central foothills region of Alberta. Janet is currently working on completing her Master's Thesis on topographic landscape modeling at the Stampede Site (DjOn-26), Cypress Hills, Alberta. Janet is currently the President of the Calgary Centre of the Archaeological Society of Alberta.

Academic Degrees: B.A. Honours (Anthropology), University of Winnipeg; B.Sc. (Geography), University of Winnipeg; M.A. in progress (Archaeology), University of Calgary

Memberships in Professional Associations: Association of Consulting Archaeologists, Archaeological Society of Alberta, Society for American Archaeology

Kevin Thorson (Assistant Project Archaeologist)

Kevin has worked for Lifeways since 1995, being one of the most highly-skilled field archaeologists in Alberta. He has participated in projects throughout Alberta and in high altitude environments of Montana and Wyoming in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. He has also contributed to the Muskeg River Limestone Quarry Project (2004), Cougar Ridge Project (2000), the Glacier National Park Archaeological Project (1995-1998), the Syncrude North Aurora Mine Project (1996-1997), Manitoba Hydro's Conawapa Project (2013-2014), and excavations at the Junction Site (2015). Kevin specializes in GIS mapping and drafting.

Academic Degrees: B.Sc. (Archaeology), University of Calgary

Memberships in Professional Associations: Association of Consulting Archaeologists

Derrick Foster (Senior Archaeologist)

Derrick has worked for Lifeways since 2007, participating in a wide range of projects including excavations and survey. In that time he has worked on archaeological sites in the Oilsands areas of Alberta and Saskatchewan, bison killsites in the Calgary area, Precontact campsites in Yellowstone National Park, excavations at the important Stampede site in the Cypress Hills, and surveys ranging from southern Alberta to Manitoba to the Yukon. Having extensive backcountry experience, Derrick was particularly thrilled to work on the projects in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, northern British Columbia, the Yukon, and remote areas of the Albera oilsands. Derrick specializes in lithic artifact analysis.

Academic Degrees: B.Sc. (Archaeology) University of Calgary

Memberships in Professional Associations: Association of Consulting Archaeologists

Carolyn Keagle (Senior Archaeologist)

Carolyn has worked for Lifeways since 2014. In addition to survey and excavation in both the Boreal Forest and on the plains, Carolyn is one of our GIS specialists, responsible for mapping, drafting, and GIS data duties. She was responsible for those duties for the 2014 Bow River Flood Impact Assessment. She has worked with archaeological applications of GIS since 2007 as an archaeologist and as a graduate student, focusing on both spatial data management and the modelling of Precontact landscape use. Carolyn combines this specialization with an interest in soil science and geomorphology as they relate to site formation and preservation. She worked closely with the department geoarchaeologist in her job with the Texas Department of Transportation.

Academic Degrees: M.A.(Anthropology), The Pennsylvania State University; B.A. Cum Laude (Cultural Anthropology and English Literature), University of Texas

Memberships in Professional Associations: Association of Consulting Archaeologists

Grace Kohut (Junior Archaeologist)

Grace joined Lifeways in 2015, quickly gaining experience in excavations along Calgary's Paskapoo Slopes and at the Junction Site in Fort McLeod. She also participated in an archaeological field school in the Phillipines. While an undergrad, Grace assisted in the analysis of ceramics from Meroe (Sudan), and Grace's other skills include faunal analysis. In 2014 she won the Humphreys Student Award in Archaeology from the Calgary Centre of the Archaeological Society of Alberta.

Academic Degrees: B.A. (Anthropology), Mount Royal University

Memberships in Professional Associations: Archaeological Society of Alberta, Association of Consulting Archaeologists

History

Did you know that Lifeways...

Staff have worked on 6 of the 7 continents of the world?