The officers of the Nova Scotia Archaeology Society are elected on an annual basis, with elections being carried out during our Annual General Meeting in May. Elections may be held so long as a quorum is present, that quorum being ten (10) members or fifty-one percent (51%) of the membership, whichever is the lesser. The Chair may cast a deciding vote in the event of a tie. All Society members may vote and hold office. No member may hold any one position on the Executive Committee for more than two consecutive years.

If interested in serving of the NSAS board or committees, please contact us.

NSAS Board 2017-18




Allison Fraser works as an archaeological field technician in the Cultural Resource Management field, and holds a B.A. (Hon) in Anthropology and Classics from Saint Mary’s University. Among her research interests are public archaeology, landscape archaeology, and geomorphology. Since becoming involved with archaeology she has participated in local and international excavations, worked on projects throughout the province, and has volunteered in a variety of public archaeology programs. Allison is very interested in promoting archaeology to the public and wants to help the society encourage a strong local Archaeology community.


sjiSarah J. Ingram Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Classics from SMU, as well as a Master’s Degree in Archaeology from Memorial University, where she specialized in historical archaeology.  She was also one of the founding executive members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeology Society, and worked for the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador on several research projects surrounding intangible cultural heritage and community outreach for heritage protection.



RobAfter graduating from Trent University with a BA (hons.) in Anthropology in 1974, Rob Ferguson worked as an archaeologist with Parks Canada between 1976 and 2011. During his 35-year career, Rob has participated in and directed archaeological projects across the country and at some of Canada’s most storied national historic sites. He has pioneered the application of geophysical prospection methods in Atlantic Canada and, working with faculty members at various Atlantic Canadian universities, has helped educate a new generation of field archaeologists. In addition to serving as Treasurer of the NSAS, Rob is currently a Research Associate at The Nova Scotia Museum, where he is studying archaeological evidence associated with Fort Montague, Horton Township.


ColinColin Hicks works as an archaeological field technician and supervisor in the cultural resource management field. He has recently finished a masters degree in Atlantic Canadian studies at Saint Mary’s university, and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from the same institution. His research interests include colonial and precontact archaeology in Nova Scotia, specifically the evolution of cultural landscapes.



Past President


Sara Beanlands is a Principal and Senior Archaeologist with Boreas Heritage Consulting Inc., specializing in Cultural Resource Management. She has undertaken a wide range of archaeological projects throughout Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and in Ontario, and is an adjunct professor in the Anthropology Department at Saint Mary’s University.




Kyle Cigolotti graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2010. He has worked with Cultural Resource Management Group Ltd since 2012 throughout the Maritimes. Kyle has been a member of the NSAS since 2010 as well as a member of the Canadian Archaeology Society. His research interests include historic urban archaeology, precontact pottery, and GIS.



Vanessa cropVanessa Smith completed her MLitt with Distinction in Archaeological Studies at the University of Glasgow, with previous undergraduate degrees from Saint Mary’s University (BA Honours – Anthropology) and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA). She has wide-ranging interests in archaeology, particularly researching colonial Nova Scotia and early medieval Scotland, gender, and funerary archaeology. Vanessa has been involved in archaeological projects in Nova Scotia and Scotland, and currently works in cultural resource management archaeology and artifact photography in Halifax.


Jeff TurnerA Nova Scotia native with extensive international business experience, Jeff Turner has been an active supporter of and participant in archaeological research since returning to his home province. With a particular interest in early colonial history and archaeology, Jeff is currently completing MA research in Atlantic Canada Studies at Saint Mary’s University, where he is exploring the career of Charles Morris, Nova Scotia’s first Chief Surveyor. He has been a long-time supporter of the NSAS and the Archaeological Land Trust of Nova Scotia (ALTNS), and in his                                                        professional career manages business development for                                                                  Destination Halifax.



Courtney Glen is a Senior Archaeologist with Davis MacIntyre & Associates Limited, a cultural resource management company based in Halifax. She holds an MA in Landscape Archaeology from the University of York, UK and a BA in Anthropology with a Diploma of Forensic Science from Saint Mary’s University. Courtney has participated in archaeological excavations in Canada and the UK. Her research interests include public archaeology and eighteenth/nineteenth century crime and poverty.

John Bignell


David Jones