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Cannon Aubrey, Professor


Research & Supervisory Interests

My general interests include archaeological theory, and the archaeology of hunter-gatherer settlement and subsistence, marine-based economies, mortuary practices, and material fashion. I am engaged in fisheries archaeology research on the Northwest Coast and Tonga, which is looking at the temporal and spatial variability of fisheries in relation to environmental, social, demographic, and ideological structures and events.

I also have a research interest in the dialectical relationship between material culture and individual and social attitudes and perceptions. My research has looked at fashions in adornment and housing, but is focused on Victorian gravestones and prehistoric mortuary practices.

I am also more broadly interested in the relationship between archaeology and history, and in the writing of archaeological histories that explicitly incorporate conceptions of structure, agency, and contingency.



PhD Cambridge, 1987


Courses (2016-17)


  • ANTHROP 3DD3 - Archaeology of Death
  • ANTHROP 4F03 - Current Debates in Archaeology



  • ANTHROP 3X03 - Zooarchaeology
  • ANTHROP 738 - Archaeology as History

Courses (2015-16)


  • ANTHROP 2O03 - Themes: History of North America
  • ANTHROP 4HF3 - Archaeology of Hunter-Fisher-Gatherers


  • ANTHROP 2C03 - Archaeology of Enviro Crisis and Response
  • ANTHROP 3DD3 - Archaeology of Death

Courses (2014-15)


  • ANTHROP 2PA3 - Introduction to Anthropological Archaeology
  • ANTHROP 3DD3 - Archaeology of Death


  • ANTHROP 738 - Archaeology as History
  • ANTHROP 3XO3 - Zooarchaeology


Recent Publications

Cannon, Aubrey and Katherine Cook
2015 Infant Death and the Archaeology of Grief. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 25:399-416.

Cannon, Aubrey
2014 Historical and Humanist Perspectives. In Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Hunter Gatherers, edited by Vicki Cummings, Peter Jordan and Marek Zvelebil, pp.92-103. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Burchell M, N. Hallmann, B.R. Schöne, A. Cannon and H.P. Schwarcz
2014 Biogeochemical Signatures of Marine and Estuarine Bivalves: Implications for Interpreting Seasonality at Shell Midden Sites Using High-Resolution Stable Isotope Sclerochronology. In The Cultural Dynamics of Shell-Matrix Sites, edited by M. Roksandic, S. Mendonça de Souza, S. Eggers, M. Burchell and D. Klokler, pp. 241-249. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press

Cannon, Aubrey
2013 Revealing the Hidden Dimensions of Pacific Northwest Coast Shell Middens. In Shell Energy: Mollusc Shells as Coastal Resources, edited by G.N. Bailey, K. Hardy, and A. Camara, pp. 21-34. Oxford: Oxbow.

Ferris, Neal, John Welch, and Aubrey Cannon
2013 Towards a Sustainable Archaeology. In Archaeology and Sustainability, edited by Scarlett Chiu and Cheng-hwa Tsang, pp. 387-410. Taipei: Center for Archaeological Studies, Research Center for Humanities and Social Science, Academia Sinica.

MacDonald, Brandi Lee, Ron Hancock, Aubrey Cannon, Fiona McNeill, Rudy Reimer, and Alice Pidruczny
2013 Elemental Analysis of Ochre Outcrops in Southern British Columbia, Canada. Archaeometry 55:1020-1033.

Burchell, Meghan, Nadine Hallmann, Andrew Martindale, Aubrey Cannon and Bernd R. Schöne
2013 Seasonal Patterns and Intensity of Shellfish Harvesting on the Northern Coast of British Columbia. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 8:152-169.

Burchell, Meghan, Aubrey Cannon, Nadine Hallmann, Bernd Schöne, and Henry Schwarcz
2013 Refining Estimates for the Season of Shellfish Collection on the Pacific Northwest Coast:  Applying High-Resolution Stable Oxygen Isotope Analysis and Sclerochronology. Archaeometry. 55:258–276.

Burchell, Meghan, Aubrey Cannon, Nadine Hallmann, Henry Schwarcz, and Bernd Schöne
2013 Inter-site Variability in the Season of Shellfish Collection on the Central Coast of British Columbia. Journal of Archaeological Science 40:626-636.

Cannon, Aubrey (Editor)
2011 Structured Worlds: The Archaeology of Hunter Gatherer Thought and Action. London: Equinox.

Cannon, Aubrey
2011 Cosmology and Everyday Perception in Northwest Coast Production and Reproduction. In Structured Worlds: The Archaeology of Hunter Gatherer Thought and Action, edited by Aubrey Cannon, pp. 54-68. London: Equinox.

Moss, Madonna L. and Aubrey Cannon (Editors)
2011 The Archaeology of North Pacific Fisheries. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press.

Cannon, Aubrey, Dongya Yang and Camilla Speller
2011 Site-Specific Salmon Fisheries on the Central Coast of British Columbia. In The Archaeology of North Pacific Fisheries, edited by Madonna L. Moss and Aubrey Cannon, pp. 57-74. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press.

Cannon, Aubrey and Dongya Y. Yang
2011 Pushing Limits and Finding Interpretive Balance: A Reply to Monks and Orchard. American Antiquity 76:585-595.

MacDonald, Brandi Lee, R.G.V. Hancock, Aubrey Cannon and Alice Pidruczny
2011 Geochemical Characterization of Ochre from Central Coastal British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Archaeological Science38:3620-3630Cannon, Aubrey

2009 Mortuary Expressions of Mother-Daughter Inheritance and Identity. In Que(e)rying Archaeology: Proceedings of the 37th Annual Chacmool Conference, edited by  Susan Terendy, Natasha Lyons, and Michelle Janse-Smekal, pp. 67-76. Calgary: University of Calgary Archaeological Association.

Cannon, Aubrey and Meghan Burchell
2009 Clam Growth-Stage Profiles as a Measure of Harvest Intensity and Resource Management on the Central Coast of British Columbia. Journal of Archaeological Science 36:1050-1060.

Cannon, Aubrey, Meghan Burchell, and Rhonda Bathurst
2008 Trends and Strategies in Shellfish Gathering on the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America. In Early Human Impact on Megamolluscs, edited by A. Antcsak and R. Cipriani, pp. 7-22. BAR International Series. Oxford: Archaeopress

Cannon, Aubrey and Nadia Densmore
2008 A Revised Assessment of Late Period (AD 1 - European Contact) Fisheries at Namu, British Columbia. Canadian Zooarchaeology 25:3-13.

Cannon, Aubrey and Dongya Y. Yang
2006 Early Storage and Sedentism on the Pacific Northwest Coast: Ancient DNA Analysis of Salmon Remains from Namu, British Columbia. American Antiquity 71:123-140.

Cannon, Aubrey
2005 Gender, Agency, and Mortuary Fashion. In Interacting with the Dead: Perspectives on Mortuary Archaeology for the New Millennium, edited by Gordon F.M. Rakita, Jane E. Buikstra, Lane A. Beck, and Sloan R. Williams, pp. 41-65. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.