Sunrise in Marten Hills

Sometimes working as an archaeologist involves getting up really early. After driving for an hour, this photo was taken in the morning of 2014 in the Martin Hills on the second last day of fieldwork.

Author: bromano

I have been working in the cultural heritage sector since 2008. I currently work as a permit-status archaeologist at Tree Time Services Inc. in Alberta, but also have excavation and research experience in Ontario, Manitoba, and Greece. I first gained experience in Alberta working as a field technician excavating at the Quarry of the Ancestors for Alberta Culture and Tourism. This experience deepened my appreciation for the province’s rich heritage and prompted me to pursue more work in Alberta. Recently, I have also been able to pursue more research when I worked as part of a research team for Fort Edmonton Park, looking at First Nations History in the Edmonton area. I have extensive experience researching, writing, and editing in an academic setting and for the private sector. As part of a research team hired by Fort Edmonton Park, we looked at archaeological, historic, and oral history sources in order to learn more about the Edmonton area in 1600-1850 AD. This was a collaborative project where we worked closely with the other stakeholders of the project including the Fort Edmonton Park staff, Treaty Six representatives and the designers.I have also authored, co-authored, and edited multiple archaeological reports during my time at Tree Time Services. My academic background includes working as a Research Assistant and a Teacher’s Assistant during the course of my Bachelor’s and my Master’s. I also worked for the University of Alberta at their Alberta Land and Settlement Infrastructure Project. During my time there, I examined thousands of scanned microfilm reels concerning early homestead records. This has not only greatly expanded my knowledge of Alberta and its various communities, but the homesteading process and what life was like for Alberta’s early settlers. I have also work experience in museums and public outreach. Recently I have helped organize a two day public archaeology outreach event at Fort Edmonton Park in partnership with the Strathcona Archaeological Society and Tree Time Services. I also helped organize two evenings for training Fort Edmonton Park interpreters on Alberta archaeology. I first gained experience organizing outreach events as an interpreter for both the Kenosewun Museum and Captain Kennedy House Museum for the Government of Manitoba in 2008 and 2009. I was responsible for interpretive program development including tours, special events, and displays. I conducted and coordinated research with my assistants on a variety of subjects, ranging from local histories to native fauna and flora. Working for Tree Time Services, I have also organized and participated in Tree Time Services public outreach events at Sundre Museum and World of Wildlife, Rocky Mountain Rodeo, and Peace River Museum.

2 thoughts on “Sunrise in Marten Hills”

  1. I’m curious about your work on the Alberta Land and Settlement Infrastructure Project. You wrote, “During my time there, I examined thousands of scanned microfilm reels concerning early homestead records.” Did you see any records for the northern area such as the Peace River area? Was the research used in your masters thesis? I’m a director of the South Peace Regional Archives Society so I’m curious about all things historical in this region.


    1. Hi Walter,

      It is great to hear from you. I did see a fair amount of records from the Peace Region. From what I remember they had a local agent (or subagent) working out of that area. I had started to work on the project after I had finished my thesis (which was about pastoralism in Hellenistic Greece).

      The project was run by Dr. Peter Baskerville as the principle investigator, and Dr. Sarah Carter and Sean Gouglas as Co-investigators. My job was mainly to pull out relevant information for them. If you are interested in the project, there have been some publications to date (I am not sure how many) that have used material from it. Sarah wrote a book called Imperial Plots: Women, land, and the Spadework of British Colonialism on the Canadian Prairies. Peter has published A Silent Revolution? Gender and Wealth in English Canada 1860-1930. He has also edited with Kris Inwood, Lives in Transition: Longitudinal Analysis from Historical Sources. The project has spanned multiple years (I was there for a relatively small time), and is still on-going. I expect more publications in the future. In addition, our blog will be publishing three articles (likely in the next month) on homesteads in Alberta. They will focus on a homestead that we found, a brief description about the homesteading process, followed by instructions on how to use the homestead index.

      Thanks for reading,



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