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Roy Skanes

Archeologist

Mr. Roy Skanes has been involved in archaeological research since 1978 and has worked extensively on Pre-Contact and Historic-Period Aboriginal and European sites in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, and Alberta. He holds a B.A in Anthropology (Archaeology and French) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Master’s degree, with a specialization in archaeology from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Since 1990, Roy has directed several Historic Resources Assessments related to road construction other developments in the province and, in the 1990s and early 2000s, directed assessments and archaeological surveys for the Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Project and for LabMag and Labrador Iron Mines in Western Labrador. He has also completed background reviews of historic archival material and conducted informant interviewing for Land and Resources Use studies.

Recently, he directed the Historic Resources Assessment of Nalcor's Labrador-Island Transmission Link from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Soldiers Pond on the Island's Avalon Peninsula and, between 2012 and 2015, led research teams that completed the excavation and recording of Pre-Contact and Historic-Period archaeological sites at Muskrat Falls and further west on the Churchill River. On the Island, he has directed multi-year achaeological research projects within Trinity Bight, Trinity Bay, and on Carbonear Island in Conception Bay, and conducted background research of 18th and 19th century documents and maps related to Fort Townshed in St. John's. He also led an extensive field study required at that site prior to construction of The Rooms Provincial Museum, Archives and Art Gallery.