Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies
Department of Anthropology
Adjunct Professor, Department of Geological Sciences
B.A. (Hons) University of Waterloo
M.A. Trent University
Ph.D. McMaster University
Research Interests and Specialization
Dr. Milne is an archaeological anthropologist specializing in the analysis of northern latitude stone tool-using hunter-gatherer cultures. Her field of expertise is lithic (i.e. stone) technology, with a special focus on debitage (i.e. stone waste flakes). Dr. Milne’s theoretical interests include technological organization and mobility, skill acquisition, social organization, enculturation, and landscape learning. Dr. Milne’s current research integrates geochemical provenance techniques to characterize lithic source areas on southern Baffin Island. Using these sourcing data as proxies for human behaviour, Dr. Milne and her co-investigators are reconstructing ancient seasonal land use patterns among the Palaeo-Eskimo populations that lived in this region. Dr. Milne’s future research, with partnerships through the University of Waterloo and Government of Nunavut, aims to investigate the impacts of climate change on frozen archaeological deposits in Nunavut using non-invasive geophysical surveying instrumentation and 3D laser topographic scanning technology.
- "The Analytical Quandary of Chert Quarries: A Multi-Scalar Approach using GIS Modelling, Archaeo-Geophysics, Lithic Provenance, and Debitage Analysis to Understand Palaeo-Ekimo Lithic Technological Organization and Novice Skill on Southern Baffin Island.” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Grant Program. (2017 — 2022)
- “Preservation and Promotion of Canadian Northern Heritage Resources: A Non-Invasive/Non-Destructive Approach to Archaeological Research.” Canada Foundation for Innovation, Leaders Opportunity Fund – Established.
- “Preservation and Promotion of Canadian Northern Heritage Resources: A Non-Invasive/Non-Destructive Approach to Archaeological Research.” Manitoba Innovation Fund, Government of Manitoba; Manitoba Heritage Grants Program, Government of Manitoba.
- “Chert Sourcing and Palaeo-Eskimo Lithic Technology: An Archaeometric Approach to Understanding Technological Organization on Southern Baffin Island.” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Grant Program. ($256,140; 2012 – 2016)
- “Culture Continuity and Change in the Interior of Southern Baffin Island: Revisiting the Pre-Dorset/Dorset Transition.” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Standard Research Grant Program ($84,713; 2007 – 2010)
- “ Why Go Inland? Investigating Pre-Dorset Inland Occupations on Southern Baffin Island.” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Northern Research Development Program ($39,370; 2004 – 2006).
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