2012 Ian Kenyon Memorial Award

Chris Ellis


Dr. Chris Ellis (l) receiving the Ian Kenyon Memorial Award from OAS Treasurer Jim Keron (r) during the banquet at the Annual OAS Symposium held in Windsor, Ontario, November 9-11, 2012.


Dr. Christopher J. Ellis is the leading expert in Paleo and Archaic archaeology of the Great Lakes Region. He has published numerous papers and publications documenting these two important periods of early Ontario history, including his most recent work:

C. J. Ellis – 2012 - Foreword. In: Late Pleistocene Archaeology and Ecology in the Far Northeast, edited by Claude Chapdelaine. Texas A & M University Press for the Centre for the Study of the First Americans, College Station, Texas, in press.

D. B. Deller and C. J. Ellis (with contributions by J. R. Keron and R. H. King and a foreword by H.T. Wright) - 2011 - The Crowfield Site (AfHj-31): A Unique Paleoindian Fluted Point Site from Southwestern Ontario. Memoirs of the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan No. 49. Ann Arbor, Michigan. xiii + 209 pages.

C. J. Ellis, D. H. Carr and T. J. Loebel – 2011 - The Younger Dryas and Late Pleistocene Peoples of the Great Lakes Region. Quaternary International 242(2):534-545.

C. J. Ellis - 2011 - Measuring Paleoindian Range Mobility and Land-Use in the Great Lakes/Northeast. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 30(3):385-401.

C. J. Ellis - 2011 - Lithic/Stone Technology of the Debert Site (Discussion paper and discussion transcript). In Ta’n Wetapeksi’k: Understanding Where We Come From, Proceedings of the 2005 Debert Research Workshop, Debert, Nova Scotia, Canada, edited by T. Bernard, L. M. Rosenmeier, and S. Farrell, pp. 91-109. Eastern Woodland Print Communications, Truro, Nova Scotia.

K. Snarey and C. J. Ellis - 2010 - Evidence for Bow and Arrow Use in the Smallpoint Late Archaic of Southern Ontario. In The "Compleat Archaeologist": Papers in Honour of Michael W. Spence, edited by Chris J. Ellis, Neal Ferris, Peter Timmins and Christine D. White, pp. 21-38. London Chapter Ontario Archaeological Society, Occasional Paper No. 9 (co-published as journal Ontario Archaeology 85-88).

C. J. Ellis, P. Timmins and H. Martelle - 2009 - At the Crossroads and Periphery: The Archaic Archaeological Record of Southern Ontario. In Archaic Societies: Diversity and Complexity Across the Midcontinent, Thomas E. Emerson, Andrew C. Fortier and Dale McElrath (eds.), pp. 787-839. State University of New York Press, Albany, New York.

D. B. Deller, C. J. Ellis and J. R. Keron - 2009 - Understanding Cache Variability: A Deliberately Burned Early Paleoindian Tool Assemblage from the Crowfield Site, Southwestern Ontario, Canada. American Antiquity 74(2):371-397.

C. J. Ellis - 2008 - The Fluted Point tradition and the Arctic Small Tool tradition: What’s the Connection? Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 27:298-314.

The meticulous documentation of the Davidson site is one of Dr. Ellis’ most important contributions to Ontario Archaeology. This site has great implications on the way in which we interpret the late Archaic people of Southwestern Ontario. Dr. Ellis has also greatly contributed to the documentation of the Paleo within the Great Lakes Region, with the discovery and documentation of such sites as Bolton, Crowfield, Culloden Acres, Ferguson, McLeod, Murphy, Parkhill, Snary, Thedford II and Weed Sites. Dr. Ellis has worked with several graduate students during the course of his tenure in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario.

On top of the countless hours of research, Dr. Ellis has served the archaeological community by being an active member of the Ontario Archaeological Society, London Chapter since 1994, a member of the Board of Directors of the Museum of Ontario Archaeology (formerly the London Museum of Archaeology) since 1994 and editors of the Kewa and the Ontario Archaeology.

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