UBC Anth Colloquia: Chris Arnett and Colin Grier

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 | 11:30 am-1:00 pm

Room 134    |  Anthropology & Sociology Building, 6303 NW Marine Drive

“Archaeology, History and Colonial-Indigenous Conflict at Lamalchi Bay, British Columbia”


Lamalchi Bay on Penelakut Island in southwestern British Columbia was the site of a dramatic conflict between Lamalchi villagers and the British Colonial government on April 20,1863. The battle has been historically documented, but until recently almost no archaeological research had been conducted at the site. This talk will include a report on recent archaeological investigations that focus both on the historic battle and the long record of precontact Salish village life in the bay. Archaeological evidence from surface survey, percussion coring, geophysics and radiocarbon dating suggests a plankhouse village had existed in this location for several millennia. The speakers will highlight the community-based collaboration behind this project, and how archaeological and historical documentation can provide a strong basis for redressing colonial actions against sovereign First Nations.


Chris Arnett is an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at UBC. His research interests include rock art and the colonial history of British Columbia.

Colin Grier is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University and visiting scholar at the Peter Wall Center (UBC). For the last two decades his archaeological work has focused on the southern BC coast, involving investigations into the long-term histories of Salish households, communities and resource management strategies.