Archaeological Gender-Based Spatial Analysis
Methods of Analysis
1. Archaeological Site Survey
To theorize how herd followers survived in
Canada's Barrenlands, we begin by examining the landscape for evidence
presence. Where tool artifacts have accumulated in
stratified campsites, we can accurately identify the period they were
created. This information then becomes the key to deciphering
those artifacts that are found scattered upon open ground, and of
mixed periods of manufacture.
Now we can apply our knowledge of ancient hunting societies to
guide to how their rangewide campsites were used in every respect of
2. Spatial Analysis of Artifacts
From a vast collection of gathered artifacts, researchers at
the Archaeological Survey of Canada have
assembled computer databases for inventory and analysis.
We may choose to examine how the many tools are used in the
butchering of caribou, followed by other tools used in working bone and
antler, plus special tools used in woodworking. As our plot here
suggests, there are
numerous combinations of tools that are manufactured within the narrow
confines of the campsite - and this is specific to only one of seven
cultures that left such evidence for us.
Let's take a look at the customized tools our Team use today,
in solving the riddle of a palimpsest.
After conducting our research on a topic, we document our
conclusions and present them at conferences, as published papers,
and for readers' comment through this Website. Due to copyright
restrictions, not all of these papers can be reproduced on-line.
It is our intent to post selective work-in-progress, however, to
promote dialogue with other researchers in Spatial Analysis and
Gender-based Archaeology. We appreciate comments on our research and
sometime accept new members living in the Ottawa region and who are
able to devote 8-12 hours weekly.
Visit our Interpretations
Section to access our current papers, and to share your ideas with
For further readings, please consult our Bibliography