Staff

Staff

Millennia Research is a firm providing professional consulting services in the fields of archaeology, ethnology, traditional use, aboriginal forest use and history.

The full time staff at Millennia are experienced in a variety of archaeological excavation and laboratory techniques, ethnographic interviewing, and have worked in many locations throughout Canada and other countries around the world.

In addition, Millennia Research regularly employs specialists such as ethnobotanists, ethnographers, and zooarchaeologists. Millennia Research has extensive experience in archaeological assessment, and in the management of heritage resources from a land-use perspective.

Staff Members:

 

Morley Eldridge MA, RPCA, President of Millennia Research. Morley has conducted archaeological research in western Canada and abroad since 1969. Morley received his BA at the University of British Columbia, and his MA at the University of Victoria. He has subsequently pioneered research associated with archaeological potential modelling, CMT and wet site recording and reporting, and resource management procedures. He was the President of the BC Association of Professional Consulting Archaeologists (BCAPCA) in 2000-2001. Morley was a content advisor for the Resource Inventory Committee (RIC) Archaeological Inventory curriculum development and was asked to develop criteria for assessing the significance of CMTs for the Vancouver Forest Region because of his CMT expertise. He has been a member of the BC Science Council volunteer committee. Morley strives for a high professional standard of work, providing guidance and direction to Millennia Research’s project directors, reviewing final reports and directing dendrochronology analysis. He takes time from administrative duties to take part in fieldwork several times a year, recognising that this keeps him in touch with basic archaeological issues. Morley’s particular interest is in site potential modelling and wet sites and other locations with preserved organic artifacts such as basketry.
D’Ann Owens, BA (Hons), RPCA, Archaeologist and Project Co-ordinator for Millennia Research. As Project Co-ordinator, D’Ann works to ensure that project directors have the equipment and staff necessary to meet project requirements and milestones. As a Senior Archaeologist, D’Ann has intensive archaeological experience participating in and directing large scale archaeological projects since 1994. D’Ann’s archaeology degree from Simon Fraser University emphasized ethnoarchaeology and anthropological practice, and she has put her ethnographic skills to use in traditional use studies in the southern interior for the Cook’s Ferry and Lytton First nations, Lillooet (Lookout Point) and the Pavilion First Nation, on the midcoast for the Kitasoo Indian Band, and with the Kitkatla on the north coast. D’Ann also helped develop the curriculum for both the Heiltsuk CMT training programs and the RIC Archaeological Inventory and she is an approved course facilitator. In addition to her professional reporting, D’Ann has author credit in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.
DonnaDonna Eckert, Office manager. Donna has been with Millennia Research since 1995. Her Professional education is in business administration and bookkeeping, and she has previous experience in the legal, service, and high tech sectors.

 

 

 

Alyssa Parker, MSc, GIS Analyst. Alyssa has been with Millennia Research since 2006.  She focused on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) during her Bachelor’s degree studies in Geography at the University of Victoria (2005), and completed her Master of Science degree in Geographic Information Science from Birkbeck College, University of London (UK) in 2012.  She is experienced in a variety of archaeology-related GIS operations. Her primary activities at Millennia include: 3D and 2D spatial analysis and modelling; development of archaeological predictive models using TRIM-based DEM and LiDAR data; spatial data management; GPS downloads and data manipulation; mapping of archaeological sites; and troubleshooting computer issues. In addition, Alyssa enjoys researching and developing innovative and customized approaches to a variety of mapping, spatial analysis, and database problems. She is familiar and competent with a wide variety of computer software packages, including ArcGIS and Global Mapper.
Roger Eldridge, BA, Archaeologist. Roger is an archaeologist with Millennia Research Limited and has been working in archaeology and cultural heritage in BC since 2003.  Roger is a Permit Holder and Field Director in the Coastal and Subarctic/Boreal Forest regions, and a member of the British Columbia Association of Professional Archaeologists (BCAPA). Roger has broad experience in inventory and impact assessments, mitigative data recovery, and laboratory analysis and quality report writing. His knowledge of lithic technology is a valuable asset during in-field site identification and post-field analysis. His research interests include caches, Paleoindian lithic technologies and patterns of landscape use, and raw material procurement. As project lead on several ongoing projects in northeast BC, Roger actively engages and liaises with stakeholders including First Nations communities and governance, and excels at planning and leading safe, effective, results-based field programs. Roger is proficient in operating UTVS, ATVs, boats, trailers, generators and pumps and when working in remote areas is always ready to help plug a tire, rewire a trailer or replace a burned bearing or two.
Andrew Eckert, BA, Archaeologist. Andrew has been employed at Millennia Research since 2009. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Geography from the University of Victoria in 2011. He has experience in a variety of archaeological field methods. Andrew’s primary activities at Millennia are fieldwork and lab work, including analysis and processing of samples, and photography.

 

Sarah Kessick, MSc, Archaeologist and GIS Technician. Sarah has been employed full-time as an Archaeologist at Millennia Research since 2012. She has specialized in Arctic and Subarctic archaeology, and GIS  throughout her 18 year career in Canada and Alaska. Since completing her BA in Anthropology and MSc degree in Archaeological Computing, Sarah has been a Permit Holder and Field Director for Archaeological Impact Assessments and Traditional Land Use Monitoring projects in North East British Columbia and Alberta and has lead projects in the coastal and interior regions of Alaska. Sarah’s skills include: archaeological survey and excavation; GIS spatial analysis using vector and high resolution raster data (LiDAR); GIS suitability modelling, terrain analysis, landscape and economic analysis as it pertains to archaeology; ESRI and open-sourced GIS platforms; cartography; survey and mapping grade GPS operation and data collection; spatial and attribute data management; database management systems; and report production. Sarah has an unfaltering interest in exploring patterns of archaeological datasets, using advanced spatial technologies, within a landscape archaeology framework.
Erin WillowsC. Erin Willows, BA, RPCA, Archaeologist. Erin has worked as a professional archaeologist in BC for over 11 years. She has completed over 100 provincially regulated archaeological assessments in BC including archaeological impact assessments, overview assessments, archaeological data recovery, human remains salvage, SDR, archaeological investigations, excavations and archaeological monitoring. Internationally, she has completed 3 field seasons on a multi-component project at Amato, PV 74-19 located in the Acarí Valley of Peru. Her primary role on this project was the excavation and analysis of human remains at various stages of mummification; and the analysis of mortuary practices. Erin will be completing a forensics and human  rights program in Guatemala in 2015 working with individuals affected by human rights violations. She will work with participants in an applied capacity to impart how inter/multidisciplinary fields collaborate in the investigation of human rights violations, as well as in the process of the examination, recovery and analysis of mass graves, and transitional justice. Erin is an active volunteer in the community working with local NGOs on environmental stewardship education & outreach programs.
Nova Pierson, MA, RPCA, Archaeologist. Nova has been working in cultural resource management since 2007. She has worked throughout British Columbia and Alberta’s varied regions during this time, and has maintained a commitment to being a well-rounded archaeologist. She has expertise in field, laboratory, and reporting environments. Nova is a Field Director in the Northwest Coast and Interior Plateau regions of British Columbia. She has co-ordinated field crews on a large mining development, supervised field assessments throughout the province, and been lead author on multiple reports. Nova joined Millennia in 2016 after working for more than six years on the Lower Mainland. She is committed to consultative research and applied archaeology. Her Master’s thesis used faunal data from coastal midden sites to provide baseline ecological data to current First Nations marine conservation efforts. She has analyzed faunal remains from dozens of archaeological sites throughout the province.
Jenny Cohen, MA, Archaeologist. Jenny has been employed as an archaeologist with Millennia Research Limited full-time since 2016. She brings a wealth of experience working on coastal BC, and specializes in submerged and raised archaeological landscapes in relation to sea level histories. Jenny completed her double major B.A. at University of Victoria in 2010; and went on to complete her M.A. in Anthropology in 2014. Her thesis focused on the paleoethnobotany of a 10,700 year old intertidal wet-site. She has spent seven years working with Parks Canada in the Gwaii Haanas and Gulf Islands National Park Reserves in BC. Recently, Jenny has worked as a Project Director and Field Supervisor with Millennia Research in Victoria, BC and has experience analyzing historic and pre-contact artifacts.
 Thea Lamoureux, BA, Archaeologist. Thea has been employed as an archaeologist at Millennia Research Limited full-time since 2016. She specializes in human osteology and mortuary archaeology, working closely with human remains in various laboratory and field contexts. Her research interests include health, diet, obstetrics, human variation, and burial practices. Thea completed her BA with distinction and has since been working on her Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded MA at the University of Victoria. Thea’s skills include the identification of human remains in disturbed contexts, excavation and data recovery of human remains, metric and non-metric analyses of human remains, pathological analysis, statistical analysis, database management, desk-based research, and report production.

 

 

Graham Bowles, BA, Archaeologist. Since completing his double major BA in 2012, Graham has contributed to cultural heritage and archaeological impact assessment projects through field work, research and report writing and artifact analysis. Graham has been employed as an archaeologist with Millennia Research Limited full-time since February 2017. Prior to joining Millennia research, Graham worked as an archaeologist at Golder Associates, where he developed his skill-set working with clients and First Nations. He quickly excelled in his position and his responsibilities expanded to include training new employees and taking on crew lead positions. He has worked in a variety of archaeological contexts ranging from urban infrastructure to remote wilderness. Graham is a member in good standing with both the British Columbia Association of Professional Archaeologists (BCAPA) and the Archaeology Society of BC. Recently, Graham has worked as a Project Director with Millennia Research in Victoria, BC. His experience conducting archaeological surveys and excavations, office based research and reporting, rapport building with stakeholders, and artifacts analysis have all been invaluable additions to the Millennia Research team.
 Sally Bowman, BA. Sally has been employed as an archaeologist with Millennia Research Limited full-time since January 2017. She completed her BA in Anthropology at the University of Victoria in 2014, and has since worked as an archaeologist in both Manitoba and British Columbia. Sally brings diverse experiences having worked on the prairie grasslands through to coastal BC. Prior to being hired by Millennia Research, Sally was employed with Bison Historical Services in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She worked on the Line 3 Expansion Project during multiple phases of archaeological investigation; including the initial impact assessment, through to large-scale mitigative excavation. Since being employed with Millennia Research, Sally has been involved in numerous projects, with her tasks including: report writing, editing, archaeological impact assessments, archaeological monitoring, lab work and conducting safety meetings. Sally maintains a high level of professionalism while communicating with clients, First Nation liaisons, and coworkers.
 Paul Ewonus, PhD, Senior Archaeologist. Paul is Senior Archaeologist at Millennia Research Limited and has practiced as a professional archaeologist in British Columbia since 1998. He holds Field Director status on the Pacific Northwest Coast and Interior Plateau as recognized by the BC Archaeology Branch. He has worked extensively in the Salish Sea region of BC, as well as in the Fraser Valley, on northern Vancouver Island and in the Broughton Archipelago, on the central and northern BC coasts, and in the south-central and central interior of the province. Paul has been involved in proposal writing, costing, field work, faunal, artifact and lithic analysis, permit reporting and project management for archaeological consulting and research projects in forestry, mining, infrastructure development, and oil/gas industries. He has completed over 100 provincially regulated archaeological assessments in BC including archaeological impact assessments, overview assessments, post-impact assessments, archaeological data recovery (including SDR), excavations and archaeological monitoring. Paul’s methodological specializations include zooarchaeology, human osteology, biomolecular analysis (DNA, radiocarbon, stable isotopes) and landscape archaeology. In his consulting work and research Paul maintains high standards of professional conduct and/or scholarly achievement. He has experience in particular working, collaborating and liaising with First Nations in British Columbia, including long-term research partnerships.