I am an anthropological archaeologist, specializing in an eclectic mix of digital technology, transatlantic history and public heritage. My research explores the material manifestations of memory and heritage practices in the modern era, primarily in relation to landscapes of the dead as they are created, manipulated, and destroyed by the living. In practice, this involves reconstructing social memory and material history, particularly in the transatlantic worlds of the UK, Barbados, and Canada. Through a combination of ethnoarchaeology, digital technologies, archival research, and analysis of material culture and space, it is possible to examine the changing role of historical landscapes, memory, and heritage in communities past and present.

Photo - KatherineCookAfter completing a BA (Hons.) in History & Anthropology (2009) and an MA in Anthropology (2011) at McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada), I headed to the University of York (York, UK) to pursue a PhD in Archaeology (2017). During this time, I have also completed internships and positions with the Museums of Burlington, York Museums Trust, and Institute for Public Understandings of the Past. I also was a participant in Michigan State University’s Institute on Digital Archaeology Method & Practice, developing the Monumental Archive Project.

Recently, I have been teaching, developing curriculum, and building community archaeology projects, based at the University of Victoria (Victoria, BC), the Royal BC Museum, and McMaster University.

I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Montreal.

For more details on recent projects, review my blog and portfolio.

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