Research Key Words
Beringian archaeology; lithic analysis; feminist archaeology; collaborative archaeologies; archaeological ethnography; subarctic ethnography; pXRF analysis; use-wear analysis
My graduate work is focused on illuminating the roles and contributions of women to hunter-gatherer-forager lifeways in the deep past. I will be relying on a feminist framework, ethnographic inference and lithic analysis to explore hide processing actives as a largely female enterprise. I will employ use-wear and macroscopic analysis with the intent of identifying hideworking toolkits recovered in archaeological contexts dating the Pleistocene-Holocene transition at the Little John site, in southwest Yukon.
My academic research has focused predominantly on Beringian and subarctic archaeology in both the Yukon Territory as well as interior Alaska. I have been actively engaged in research at the Little John site, located near the village of Beaver Creek Yukon, and within the traditional territory of Upper Tanana-speaking Dineh of the Yukon-Alaska borderlands, since 2011. Archaeological investigations have ran concurrently with the Scottie Creek Borderlands Culture History Project, a long-term interdisciplinary study of the borderland’s prehistory, cultural geography, traditional culture, and contemporary life of the communities of Beaver Creek, Yukon, and Northway, Tetlin, and Tanacross, Alaska.
Analytically, I have focused on lithic technology including macroscopic, microscopic and elemental analyses. I’m interested in assessing archaeological evidence in ways which highlight underrepresented peoples including women, children, and contemporary and historical Indigenous peoples.
B.A. Hons. Archaeology Simon Fraser University
Supervisor: Dr. Rudy Reimer/Yumks
M.A. Anthropology University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Dr. David Pokotylo
1. Handley J, (2018) Collaborative Archaeology: A Perspective from the Yukon-Alaska Borderlands. New Proposals: Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry. 9(2):34-50.
2. Handley J., (2014) An Exploratory pXRF Analysis of Non-Vitreous Igneous Artifacts From the Little John Site, Yukon Territory. Undergraduate Thesis. Simon Fraser University.
1. Handley, J. and N.A. Easton (2016) Elemental Analysis of Basaltic Material from the Little John Site (kdvo6), Yukon Territory, Canada. Annual Meetings of the Geological and Mineral Association of Canada, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.
2. Handley, J. and N.A. Easton (2016) Elemental Analysis of Basaltic Material from the Little John Site (kdvo6), Yukon Territory, Canada. Annual Meetings of the Canadian Archaeological Association, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.
3. Easton, N. A., M. Grooms, J. Cubley, M. Samolczyk, L. Bourgeon, J. Handley, N. Virga, V. Hutchinson, D. Yesner (2014). 2013 Excavations and Analysis of the Little John Site (KdVo-6), Yukon Territory, Canada. Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropology Association, Fairbanks, United States
4. Easton, N. A., M. Grooms, J. Handley, V. Hutchinson, and D.R. Yesner (2013). Analytical Developments in Interpreting the Little John Site, 2013 Update. Canadian Archaeological Association Meetings, Whistler, Canada. Poster presented to the Canadian Archaeological Association Meetings
5. Norman Alexander Easton, Michael Grooms, Jordan Handley, Niki Virga, and Mark Young (2013). Fieldwork at the Little John Site, Yukon Territory, Canada 2012. Alaska Anthropological Association 40th Annual Conference, Anchorage, United States
6. Norman Alexander Easton, Michael Grooms and Jordan Handley. (2012). 2011 Excavations at the Little John Site KdVo6), Yukon Territory, Canada. Alaska Anthropological Association 39th Annual Conference, Seattle, United States
1. Edziza: Life from Ash and Ice. Edziza: Life from Ash and Ice. Publisher: Out Yonder Productions, Canada, https://www.knowledge.ca/program/edziza-life-ash-and-ice
2. Season 1. Wild Archaeology. The Little John Site (Episode 2). Publisher: Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, http://micropublica.com/communities/wild-archaeology
2018 UBC TA ARCL 318 Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherer-Forager Societies
2018 UBC TA ANTH 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
2016 NLC Sessional Instructor ANTH101 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
2014 UBC TA ANTH 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology