Research Key Words:
Northwest Coast archaeology and anthropology; geoarchaeology; landscape and settlement archaeology; coastal archaeology; paleoenvironmental reconstruction; sea level change; hunter-gather studies; archaeological survey methods; political theory; identity and border studies; Middle Eastern and Central Asian history and geopolitics
My current research focuses on the intersections of human settlement and shoreline change, both ‘naturally-‘ and ‘culturally-‘ driven, since the end of the Pleistocene in the Prince Rupert Harbour region, British Columbia. This work involves reconstructing the relative sea level history of the area using a range of geological and geoarchaeological methods in order to survey for archaeological sites associated with paleoshorelines to understand how people occupied a dynamic coastal landscape of shifting shore elevations. I also explore massive village sites from the latter half of the Holocene that are large mounds of human-deposited marine shells as being monumental constructions that are themselves dramatic modifications of shoreline landforms.
I also conduct research on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, where I look at settlement patterns, mortuary archaeology, the production and exchange of hundreds of thousands of very tiny ground stone disc beads…
I have also volunteered with colleagues working in Jordan for several years on a major excavation of an Epipaleolithic site of Kharaneh IV in the eastern desert of the country and a survey for early Neolithic settlements in the wadis of the northwestern portion of the country.
Coupland, Gary, David Bilton, Terence Clark, Jerome S. Cybulski, Gay Frederick, Alyson Holland, Bryn Letham, and Gretchen Williams. 2016. A Wealth of Beads: Evidence for Material Wealth-Based Inequality in the Salish Sea Region, 4000-3500 Cal. B.P.. American Antiquity 81(2): 294-315.
Letham, Bryn, Andrew Martindale, Duncan McLaren, Thomas Brown, Kenneth M. Ames, David J.W. Archer, and Susan Marsden. 2015. Holocene Settlement History of the Dundas Islands Archipelago, Northern British Columbia. BC Studies 187:51-84.