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Greg Monks is retired as of July 1, 2018, but continues to research and publish. His 41 year UM career culminated in the Headship of the Anthropology Department. He edited two volumes and authored and co-authored numerous refereed and non-refereed journal articles and book chapters. He served the archaeological community as a Canadian member of the Board of Representatives of the International Council for ArchaeoZoology, as a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Archaeofauna, and as Chair of the Heritage Legislation and Policy Committee of the Canadian Archaeological Association.


  • PhD (Archaeology), University of British Columbia, 1977
  • MA (Anthropology), University or Victoria, 1973
  • BA (Anthropology), University of Victoria, 1967


Research interests

  • Archaeological method and theory
  • Zooarchaeology (especially subsistence and seasonality)
  • Hunting, fishing, and gathering cultures (especially Northwest Coast)
  • Historical archaeology (especially fur trade, western Canada)
  • Cultural resource management

Selected publications

  • In press Optimal foraging, costly signaling, and Nuu-chah-nulth whaling. Aboriginal whaling and identity in the twenty-first century. James Savelle and Nobuhiro Kishigami (eds.). Tokyo, Springer Verlag.
  • The Toquaht Archaeological Project: research at T'ukw'aa, a Nuu-chah-nulth village and defensive site in Barkley Sound, western Vancouver Island. A.D. McMillan, G.G. Monks and D.E. St. Claire. British Archaeological Reports, International Series 3135. Oxford University Press.
  • 2021 Upper Fort Garry (DlLg-21) Excavation Report. Manitoba Archaeological Journal 31: 1-54.
  • 2017 Evidence of changing climate and subsistence strategies among the Nuu-chah-nulth of Canada’s west coast (chapter 10). In G.G. Monks (ed.) Climate change and human responses: a zooarchaeological perspective. Paleobiology and paleoanthropology series, Springer Verlag, Cham.
  • 2017 zooarchaeology of the northwest coast of North America. In U. Albarella, H. Russ, K. Vickers and S. Viner-Daniels (eds.) Oxford handbook of zooarchaeology. chapter 32. Oxford University press.

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