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.
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
Donna 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 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 has been employed as an archaeologist at Millennia Research since 2003, and has prior volunteer archaeological experience. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria in 2011. Roger has experience in a variety of archaeological field methods and reporting formats. Roger’s primary activities at Millennia include: fieldwork, including survey and excavation; laboratory work, including analysis and processing of samples with a speciality in lithics; and report production, including writing and editing reports to current Archaeology Branch and BCAPA standards.
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 April 2012. She has specialized in Arctic and Subarctic archaeology, and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) throughout her 12 year career in Canada and Alaska. Since completing her BA and MSc degrees, 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 coast 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, IDRISI and open-sourced GIS platforms; cartography; survey and mapping grade GPS operation and data collection; spatial and attribute data management; vector graphic design; database management systems; digital image processing; and report production. Sarah has an unfaltering interest in exploring patterns of archaeological datasets, using advanced spatial technologies, within a landscape archaeology framework.
C. 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.
Christine Mueller, BA, Archaeologist
. Christine has been working for Millennia Research since 2012 and operates out of Millennia’s Prince Rupert office. A long time resident of the northern coast, her experience with Millennia includes excavation, field survey, and report production. As well, she has been involved in the analysis and research of both lithic and faunal artifacts, and the generation of artifact reports. Other archaeological experience comprises several multi-year research projects, including the investigation of high elevation early Holocene occupations on the northern coast as well as an intensive mapping project of a 23 house depression village in Venn Passage. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Studies from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University.