Nicole Brandon, M.A. Member

Nicole Brandon is an archaeologist and material culture analyst who specializes in colonial material culture.  She has interpreted artifact collections from a variety of contexts including farmsteads, taverns, train stations, jails, and urban settings. She also has extensive archaeological field experience and holds a professional licence issued by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.  Nicole earned the distinction of Fellow for outstanding achievement for her graduate studies at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.  Her thesis research comprised of an analysis of a stoneware assemblage excavated from the Colony of Avalon, a significant 17th-century English colonial site south of St. John’s, NL.  This project brought her to Europe to research stoneware production centres.  Nicole's varied twenty-year career includes participation on projects from across Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland, including excavations at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, one of Canada's largest and best-known archaeological sites.  She currently holds the position of Lab Manager at Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants Inc. in London, Ontario.

Throughout her career, Nicole has endeavoured to contribute to the archaeological community at home and abroad through volunteer activities.  Nicole volunteered at the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, with excavations in Bermuda (Bermuda Maritime Museum partnered with Wilfrid Laurier University), and with the excavation of the Fugitive Slave Chapel in London, Ontario. Additionally, Nicole teaches material culture workshops for students and is currently serving her third term on the Ontario Archaeological Society’s Board of Directors.

Chris has over 15 years experience in archaeology in the USA, United Kingdom and Canada. His project experience includes directing excavations at an Iron Age cave site in the Mendip Hills south of Bristol, England. He was also a participant in several projects investigating the British Neolithic including the Stonehenge Riverside Project, the Southern Kintyre Project, and the Ness of Brodgar excavations.

Chris attended the University of Colorado as an undergraduate where he undertook a double major in Anthropology and History, graduating Cum Laude (B.A. 2005). After finishing his undergraduate he completed two Master’s degrees, one from the University of Manchester in Neolithic Archaeology (M.A. 2007), and the other from the University of Bristol in Landscape Archaeology (MPhil 2015). He recently received a Doctorate from University of Southampton (PhD 2020). His doctoral research focused on how the history of archaeological investigation in Orkney influenced current understandings of the Neolithic.

Chris’s research interests go beyond disciplinary histories and include the transition to agricultural lifeways, prehistoric land-use patterns, mapping soil preservation characteristics, Bayesian modeling of radiocarbon dates, and the application of new technologies to archaeological investigations.

Chris currently holds an Applied Research License from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and is a member of the Prehistoric Society, Archaeology Scotland, the Society for American Archaeology, the Colorado Archaeological Society, the Register of Professional Archaeologists, the Canadian Archaeological Association, the Ontario Association of Professional Archaeologists and the Ontario Archaeology Society. He is dedicated to community outreach and education and has recently joined the OAS Ottawa Executive Board.


Aaron Mior, M.MA. Member

Aaron has been actively involved in archaeological investigations for over eighteen years. His archaeological field experience includes the excavation and recording of prehistoric and historic period sites with domestic, military and industrial specific components in the Middle East, Greece, Australia and Canada. In addition to his terrestrial archaeology experience, Aaron has also conducted marine archaeological investigations in Lebanon, Australia and Canada.

Aaron received his undergraduate honours degree from the University of Toronto in 2002, with a double major in the Near Eastern Archaeology and Archaeology Specialist programs and completed his Master’s degree in Maritime Archaeology (M.MA) at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. He is also a member of several professional organizations including the Ontario Archaeological Society (OAS), Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA), Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA) and the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology (CNEHA).

In addition to his archaeological experience, Aaron is also regularly responsible for the topographic surveying and mapping of archaeological sites and is highly experienced with Trimble and Sokkia Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and total stations. Aaron is also proficient with a variety of surveying and GIS software programs including Interactive Coordinate Geometry (ICG), Trimble Business Center, ArcGIS, QGIS and AutoCAD.

Aaron currently holds a Professional Archaeology License issued by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and is currently employed at Golder Associates as an archaeologist, project manager and land survey consultant.

Chris Kerns, PhD. Member

Joel Bush, M.A. Member

Joel is a field archaeologist with 4 years of experience in historic and pre contact archaeology. He has participated in excavating sites across Canada including British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec. Currently working towards a Research Licence, Joel is highly driven to achieve his goal of holding a Professional Licence in Ontario. 

Joel attained his Bachelor of Arts honours degree from the University of Ottawa in 2012, majoring in History and Religious Studies. Specializing in colonial history, Joel focused on the effects of early European Native American contact in the new world, concentrating on Christian conversion and indigenous spirituality in North America. Joel's undergraduate research in colonial religious conversion and practical archaeological field experience has directed his passion to study a masters degree in archaeology at the University of Reading, England. Joel's graduate studies focused on 1st century Coptic Christianity in Egypt as well as monastic archaeology during Norse expansion in England.

Joel is a member of the Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA) and is an Archaeological Field Technician for Golder Associates in Ottawa, Ontario. 

Dolores Sevilla Lara, M.A.  Member

Dolores Sevilla Lara, is a PhD candidate at the University of Granada focusing on burial chambers and pits in private tombs at the Theban Necropolis in Early Dynasty XVIII.  She obtained a graduated degree in History from the University of Granada in 2009 focusing on funeral architecture in ancient Egypt, along with other topics in Egyptian history and hieroglyphics.  She was awarded a scholarship for an internship at the library of the Department of Ancient History, where she worked on database cataloguing.  In the year 2010, Dolores attained her Masters in Archaeology by the University of Granada, which focused on the evolution of royal funeral architecture in ancient Egypt (Dynasties 0-II).   During that time she also participated in the excavation of the Alfar Romano de Hornos de Cartuja (Roman clay ovens), of Granada.  That same year she carried out field work for the Burial Temple of Thutmosis III Prokect in Luxor, Egypt, which involved the excavation, documentation, and cataloguing for the project.  Dolores has also worked as a tourist guide in Alcala la Real, performing workshops and tours in the old town and its fort, called La Mota.  For 15 months she has been an instructor of the exhibition “Mummies, Witnesses of the Past”, at the Science Park of Granada, conducting workshops, tours and museum control work. 

Dolores’ areas of interest include the Paleolithic and Neolithic archaeology of the Iberian Peninsula, France and Great Britain, zoo-archaeology, different types of mummies and mummification techniques, physical anthropology, Egyptian funeral architecture in Early Egypt, the Old and New Egyptian Kingdoms, and the necropolis of Thebes and of Abydos

Lucy Semaan, PhD. Member

Having been involved in the field of archaeology since 1996, Lucy first encountered maritime archaeology through the work and research of Honor Frost in Lebanon. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Archaeology from the Lebanese University, her Masters in Maritime Archaeology from the University of Southampton, UK, and her PhD in Arab and Islamic studies with a focus on maritime archaeology from the University of Exeter, UK. She has been diving since 2001 and holds an SSI XR technical diving qualification. She is currently a member of the Bureau of the International Committee on the Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICUCH). For the past two decades, she has participated in and managed several archaeological projects in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Cyprus, and Saudi Arabia. She also taught and lectured in maritime archaeology at several educational venues in Lebanon and abroad. 

Since 2015, she has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Archaeology and Museology at the University of Balamand, Lebanon. Her current research is funded by the Honor Frost Foundation and addresses the seascape of the site of Anfeh in North Lebanon. She considers a multi-disciplinary approach in order to understand how people used, modified, and interacted with the seascape of Anfeh. To that end, she studies ancient textual sources coupled with coastal and underwater archaeological data, as well as geomorphological signatures and indications of sea level changes over time.

She has also been assisting the Honor Frost Foundation in its capacity building initiatives in Lebanon since its early beginnings. As such, she helped coordinate and lead the first Nautical Archaeological Society (NAS) field school in the country destined for students and diving amateurs of archaeology, as well as for professional archaeologists.


Kelli Alberts, B.A. Member

Keli is a draftsperson with more than eight years of experience working in the field.  She has a proficiency in both epigraphic documentation, object drawing, and digital epigraphy.  Keli obtained her Bachelor in Fine Arts with a Major in Sculpture from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2000 and a Bachelor in Egyptology from the American University in Cairo-Egypt in 2008.  Since graduating she has worked as an epigraphic artist with the Epigraphic Survey of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago since 2008.  In March 2017 Keli Taught a workshop in epigraphy and archaeological illustration through the American University in Cairo. 

Keli has done work at the Tomb of Siemnuet (once season) and the Mut Temple (two seasons) in Luxor through the John Hopkins University between 2007 and 2009.  She has also volunteered at the Cairo Museum on a database project.

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Sheri Kapahnke, B.A. Member

Sheri is an archaeologist specializing in underwater excavation with interests in the Bronze Age Mediterranean, studies of archaeometry and the effects of craft specialization on trade routes. In 2017, Sheri earned her Bachelor Degree in Greek and Roman Studies with minors in Archaeology and Art History from Carleton University. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree at Texas A&M in Maritime Archaeology and Conservation. 

Sheri has participated as a volunteer archaeologist at the Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project, Keros-Naxos Seaways Project, and the Excavations at the Athenian Agora.

Linda Chapon, M.A.  Member

Linda Chapon is a PhD candidate at the University of Granada. She got her degree in History in this same University in 2009, specializing in the field of archaeology, and consecutively the Master in Archaeology and the Master in Physical and Forensic Anthropology.

She has participated in archaeological excavations in various chronological and geographical settings. Particularly in the scope of Ancient Egypt, she worked in the Temple of Millions of Years of Thutmosis III Project in 2010, through an internship agreement with the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology of the University of Granada. She also participated at the Qubbet el-Hawa Project (Aswan) during the season of 2011-2012 as an archaeologist and physical anthropologist.

Linda is a member of the Temple of Millions of Years of Thutmosis III Project since October 2013. She is currently working on a PhD dissertation that focuses on the study of sandstone fragments reliefs documented in the temple within a collaboration agreement between the Banco Santander, the Temple of Millions of Years of Thutmosis III Project, and both universities of Granada and Tübingen where she has been carrying out a further specialisation in Egyptology. During field seasons, she undertakes the documentation of sandstone fragments that are in situ. She is also in charge of the anthropological studies and excavation works of human remains discovered during archaeological works.

Erin Rangecroft (Wilson), M.A.  Member

Erin Rangecroft (Wilson) is an archaeologist whose specialization combines human and faunal analysis.  She completed her MA Degree in Osteoarchaeology at the University of Southampton, UK and her BA Degree in Classical Studies at Brock University in Ontario, Canada.  Her research has primarily focused on osteoarchaeological approaches to palaeotrauma analysis.

Erin has been working for Golder Associates Ltd. for nine years as an archaeologist, osteoarchaeologist, project manager and Professional License holder in Ontario and has worked extensively in Cultural Resource Management in the Ottawa area for ten years.  Her professional experience includes four years in the role of archaeologist and osteoarchaeologist at the Funerary Temple of Thutmosis III (2009-2012), working for an emergency excavation of two burials associated with the medieval basilica of Ay. Giorgos in Cyprus, the review of faunal and human assemblages from various sites in Nunavut with the Museum of History in Quebec and as a consultant and zooarchaeologist on nineteenth century urban, rural and precontact sites in Ontario.

Purificación Marín Díaz, PhD.  Member

Purificación Marín Díaz (Ph.D.) is a Researcher and Associate Professor at the University of Granada (Spain), and has been active for nine years in the university's archaeological activities. Her field experience includes Iron and Middle Age archaeological excavations in Spain, Italy and Egypt, as well as urban excavations in the province of Granada (Spain). She also participates in different studies of archaeological material culture located in the Archaeological and Ethnographical Museum of Granada. Along with her research activities, she has acquired teaching experience at the University, in degrees of History and Archaeology and in Master degree.

Graduating in Art History (2007) and History (2010) at the University of Granada, she obtained her Ph.D. from the same University with a Spanish Ministry grant (FPU-MED scholarship). Her thesis deals with mosaics and wall-painting decoration of domestic spaces in the roman world, from a productive (creative processes) and social (conducts of prestige and self-representation) points of view.

Emily Ling, B.A. Member

Emily Stott Ling is an emerging Museum Professional. She recently completed the Museum Management and Curatorship program at Fleming college, completing her four month internship with the Canadian Museum of Nature in the Palaeobiology Department.

Emily has her honours B.A. in Pre-Contact Archaeology from Wilfred Laurier University and has participated in archaeological excavations in both Ontario and Bermuda.  She
 assisted with the set up and running of the Fossil Prep station at the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Queensland Australia in 2014.

Emily has knowledge of Archaeological practices, Fossil preparation, Exhibit Development, Museum Management and Collections Management and is a member of The Council for North Eastern Historical Archaeology (CNEHA) and the Ontario Museum Association (OMA).

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Florian Loffler, M.A.  Member

Florian Löffler is a German Egyptologist and currently a PhD student at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen. He graduated with an M.A. in Egyptology, Assyrology and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East  with a thesis “Die Ritualszene “Darbringen der Töpferscheibe” in den  Tempeln der griechisch-römischen Zeit” (The offering scene “Offering  of the potter´s wheel” in the temples of the Graeco-Roman period).  Since 2013 he is working on his PhD-Thesis with the preliminary title “Die Bandeau-Inschriften des Tempels von Edfu” (The Bandeau-inscriptions of the temple of Edfu). His scientific interests lie, among others, in Egyptian philology and religion, especially of the Graeco-Roman period.

Florian Löffler has been working for the Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Dept. of Egyptology of the Eberhard-Karls-Universität  Tübingen since 2008. Since 2010 he is working in the long-term project “Der Tempel als Kanon der religiösen Literatur Ägyptens” (The temple as canon of the religious literature of Egypt) funded by the Heidelberg Academy of Science and Humanities focusing on the extensive study of the temples and the religion of Graeco-Roman Egypt.

Randy Hahn, PhD Member

Randy Hahn is an archaeologist with working experience in Peru, Canada, and the Middle East. His research interests include colonialism, the development of power relations, and the overt and covert ways in which power is implemented and maintained. Dr. Hahn has led excavations at the Chimú Period (AD 900-1470) settlement of Huasi Huaman in Peru’s Jequetepeque Valley. This research examined how architecture and the use of space were impacted by the conquest of the Jequetepeque Valley by the Chimú Empire, a pre-Columbian polity that would grow to span much of Peru’s North Coast region. Changes in architecture were used to elucidate processes of subjectification and the extent to which local leaders affiliated themselves with the Chimú elites.

Dr. Hahn has also worked as a sessional lecturer at McGill University in Montreal where he taught the introductory archaeology course the Archaeology of Early Cities. He obtained his PhD in Anthropology from McGill University in 2015 and is currently working in cultural resource management in Ontario.

Helen Moore, B.A. Member

Helen Moore is a Canadian Archaeologist, Material Culture Specialist and Project Manager.  She has worked with the engineering and environmental consulting company of Golder Associates in its Ottawa, Ontario location since 2008.  Helen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology and Fine Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario in 2004. 

Helen is an experienced field archaeologist and is competent in detailed hand excavation as well as working with large machinery.  She is skilled at drawing and recording, and has trained to record stratigraphy using the Harris Matrix.

As well as her field experience excavating and recording sites, she also has a strong background in laboratory protocol, material culture analysis and collections management.  Since joining Golder in 2008 she has been responsible for identifying, inventorying and curating over 250,000 artifacts.  Other work includes the maintenance and improvement of a project database, artifact inventory database and reference collection.  Previously, she worked closely with material culture research and collections staff at the Parks Canada Ontario Service Centre in Cornwall, as well as with the Catarqui Archaeological Research Foundation in Kingston.

​Heather Tulloch, M.A. Member

Heather is an archaeologist with over 10 years of experience excavating and analyzing archaeological data.  The majority of her experience has been working on Federal sites in Canada as a former Parks Canada archaeologist and now with a variety of Federal clients with Golder Associates Ltd.  She specialize in historic archaeology, particularly in the excavation, recording, and analysis of urban sites with complex stratigraphy.  Heather also has a significant amount of experience in material culture analysis, mainly of Canadian historic sites.

Though the majority of her experience has been in Canada, specifically in Ontario, Heather has had the opportunity to work on several international projects.  Her field school was a seven week excavation on the island of Crete in Greece and she participated in the excavation of a Neolithic site in Calabria, Italy.  On four occasions she participated in and supervised excavations of historic sites in Bermuda, which was a joint venture between Wilfrid Laurier University and the Bermuda Maritime Museum.