I am trained as an anthropological archaeologist and I have obtained further formal education in the areas of intangible cultural heritage, the management of heritage sites, the assessment of cultural landscapes and historic districts, built heritage rehabilitation and the assessment of site significance. I have spent most of my career working in the commercial sector as a heritage consultant and I have been fortunate to work across Canada and internationally in both urban and rural environments.
I am an Expert Member and former Vice President (2011-2020) of the International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management, a scientific committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), an NGO that advises the UNESCO World Heritage Committee on matters that pertain to all aspects of the management of heritage sites and landscapes.
Since 2015, I have been an Advisory Committee member for the Canadian Archaeological Radiocarbon Database (CARD) based out of the University of British Columbia. CARD is an on-line data platform for the study of demography, geology, paleoecology, archaeology, climate studies and history from the Ice Age to modern times.
I am an anthropological archaeologist with experience working with corporations, Indigenous communities, and government agencies throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. My field work research focuses on the Northwest Coast, primarily in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and parts of Vancouver Island. Other interests relate to World Heritage, cultural heritage management, sustainable development, impact investing, and voluntary safeguard policies adopted by financial institutions to protect and manage cultural heritage.
2020 (Mason, Andrew R. and Meng Ying). “Evaluating Standards for Private-Sector Financial Institutions and the Management of Cultural Heritage.” Advances in Archaeological Practice. 8(1):1-14. DOI:10.1017/aap.2019.44.
2020 (Mason, Andrew R. and David Pokotylo). “Canada: World Heritage”. In: Smith C. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (2nd edition). Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-30018-0_2383.
2020 (Easton, Norman Alexander, Charles Moore and Andrew R. Mason). “The Archaeology of Submerged Prehistoric Sites on the North Pacific Coast of North America”. The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology. DOI:10.1080/15564894.2020.1785061.
2020 (Maclaren Fergus T., Andrew R. Mason, Rouran Zhang and Tian Jiajia). “World Heritage and the Sustainable Development Goals: Their Incorporation into Tourism Management in China’s Proposed Maritime Silk Road World Heritage Site”. Chinese Cultural Heritage. Volume 1:15-22.
2020 (Pokotylo, David and Andrew R. Mason) “Canada: Cultural Heritage Management”. In: Smith C. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (2nd edition). Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-30018-0_1189.
2020 (Pokotylo, David and Andrew R. Mason). “Canada: Cultural Heritage Management and First Nations”. In: Smith C. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology(2nd edition). Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-30018-0_1147.
2017 (Mason, Andrew R.). “Early Houses in the Lower Fraser River Region.” In, Mike Rousseau, ed., Archaeology of the Lower Fraser River Region. SFU Archaeology Press, Burnaby, British Columbia, Pp. 209-216.
2014 (Mason, Andrew R. and David Pokotylo). “World Heritage – Canada.” In, Claire Smith ed., Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Springer Press, New York.
2014 (Pokotylo, David and Andrew R. Mason). “Cultural Heritage Management and First Nations in Canada.” In, Claire Smith ed., Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Springer Press, New York.
2014 (Pokotylo, David and Andrew R. Mason). “Cultural Heritage Management in Canada.” In, Claire Smith ed., Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Springer Press, New York.
2013 (Mason, Andrew R.). “Cultural Resource Management in the Context of Forestry in British Columbia: Existing Conditions and New Opportunities.” In, D.B. Tindall, Ronald Trosper, and Pamela Perreault eds., Aboriginal Peoples and Forest Lands in British Columbia and Canada. University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver. Pp. 102-117.
2013 (Mason, Andrew R.). “North of the Equator: Where Policy Meets Practice.” International Journal of Cultural Property 20(4):484-487.
2012 (Mason, Andrew R.). “International Project Financing and Cultural Heritage Protection.” International Journal of Cultural Property 19(*):556-560.
2012 (Moore, Charles D. and Andrew R. Mason). “Demonstration Survey of Prehistoric Reef-Net Sites with Sidescan Sonar, near Becher Bay, British Columbia, Canada.” International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 41(1):179-189.
2010 (Pokotylo, David L. and Andrew R. Mason). “Archaeological Heritage Resource Protection in Canada: The Legislative Basis.” In George Smith and Phyllis Messenger, eds., Cultural Heritage Management, Policies, and Issues in Global Perspective. University Press of Florida, Gainsville. Pp. 48-69.
2005 (Mason, Andrew R.) “Urban Archaeological Sites at Risk.” ICOMOS Canada Momentum 11(1):44-48.
2005 (Kobylinski, Z., A. Smirnoff, M. Tomasek, J. Urtans, A. Ono, M. Kishimoto, D. Comer, C. Rivet, A. Mason, and M. Truscott). “Archaeological Heritage.” In, Marilyn Truscott, Michael Petzet, and John Ziesemer, eds., Heritage @ Risk: ICOMOS World Report 2004/2005 on Monuments and Sites in Danger. K.G. Saur, München. Pp. 255-259.
1997 (Mason, Andrew R.). “Lithic Artifacts.” In James P. Delgado, ed., Maritime and Underwater Archaeology: An Encyclopedia. British Museum, London. Pp. 242-243.
1996 (Daryl, Fedje, Joanne McSporran and Andrew R. Mason). “Early Holocene Archaeology and Paleoecology at the Arrow Creek sites in Gwaii Haanas.” Arctic Anthropology 33(1):116-142.
1991 (Pokotylo, David L. and Andrew R. Mason). “Public Attitudes Toward Archaeological Resources and their Management.” In George S. Smith and John Ehrenhard, eds., Protecting the Past, CRC Press Inc., Boca Raton. Pp. 9-18.
Not Peer Reviewed
2020 (Johnson, Raini, Andrew Mason and Andrew Martindale) “Reviewing Machine Learning Algorithms to Determine Best-Fit Models for Archaeological Predictive Modelling in British Columbia”. The Midden 50(2):38-47.
2013 (Mason, Andrew) “Archeology issues must be put in perspective.” Times Colonist newspaper. Sunday, June 23, 2013, Comment section, p.3.
2007 (Mason, Andrew) “The Forest and Range Practices Act: Implications for Archaeology.” BC Association of Professional Archaeologists Newsletter (March 2007). p.2.
2003 (Mason, Andrew R.) Solicited review of “Practicing Archaeology: A Training Manual for Cultural Resources Archaeology” and “Cultural Resources Archaeology: An Introduction” (by Thomas W. Neumann and Robert M. Sanford). Canadian Journal of Archaeology 27:335-339.
2002 (Mason, Andrew) “Cameron Hills Heritage Resource Impact Assessment (Abstract).” In, Compendium of Research in the Northwest Territories 2000 Including: Scientific Licences, Archaeological Permits, Wildlife Permits and Fisheries Permits. Aurora Research Institute, Aurora College, Inuvik. p.61.
2001 (Mason, Andrew R.) Solicited review of “Since the Time of the Transformers: The Ancient Heritage of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Dididaht, and Makah.” (by Alan D. McMillan). Canadian Journal of Archaeology 25:157-161.
2000 (Mason, Andrew R. and Pamela Perreault) “Modern bark-stripped culturally modified trees shed light on an old problem.” Forum: A Publication of the Association of British Columbia Professional Foresters. Jan/Feb 2000:28.
2000 (Mason, Andrew) “Goat Lake Reveals Culture in Transition.” The Midden, Volume 32(2):6.
1998 (Mason, Andrew R.). “Inuvik.” In, Margaret Bertulli, ed., Archaeological Field Work in the Northwest Territories, Canada in 1997. Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Archaeology Reports 19:4, 7, and 10.
1996 (Mason, Andrew R.). “Sunken Ships and Rusty Bits.” Review of “The Wreck Diver’s Guide to Sailing Ship Artifacts of the 19th Century,” and “Vancouver’s Undersea Heritage: Shipwrecks and Submerged Cultural Sites in Burrard Inlet and Howe Sound.” (by David Leigh Stone). The Midden 28(1):13-14, 16.
1993 (Mason, Andrew R.). Review of “A Complex Culture of the British Columbia Plateau: Traditional Stl’atl’imx Resource Use.” (edited by Brian Hayden). The Midden 25(1):6.
1992 (Mason, Andrew R. and David L. Pokotylo). “Now You See It, Now You Don’t: A Contemporary Stone Tool Quarry Site at Willowlake River, NWT.” (Abstract). Musk-Ox 39:335.
1992 (Mason, Andrew, David Pokotylo, and Gordon Mohs). “A 5,000 Year-Old Structure from Hatzic, British Columbia.” (Abstract). Northwest Anthropological Research Notes 26:175-176.
1992 (Easton, N. Alexander, Andrew Mason, and Charles Moore). “Inundated Cultural Deposits at Montague Harbour, Galiano Island, British Columbia: Preliminary Results of 1990-91 Fieldwork Seasons.”(Abstract). Northwest Anthropological Research Notes 26:156.
1991 (Mason, Andrew R.). Review of “Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 7: Northwest Coast.” (edited by Wayne Suttles). Nexus 9:266-269.
1991 (Mason, Andrew R.). “Excavations at the Hatzic Rock Site.” The Midden 23(4):1-2.
1991 (Mason, Andrew R.). “New Dates from Hatzic.” The Midden 23(5):3.
1990 (Mason, Andrew R.). “Montague Harbour: More Than Just Sinking Units.” The Midden 22(4): 6-7.
1990 (Mason, Andrew). “Montague Harbour: Archaeology Goes Underwater.” Island Tides 2(12), June 7.
1990 (Mason, Andrew R., V. Feddema, D. Hayles, and L. McFarlane). “Archaeology: Fascinating, But What Is It?” (reprinted). Arch Notes 90(1):24-26.
1989 (Mason, Andrew R., V. Feddema, D. Hayles, and L. McFarlane). “Archaeology: Fascinating, But What Is It?” The Midden 21(5):13.