Leo's Corner


Leo Pettipas is native of Halifax, Nova Scotia and a long-standing Manitoban of French- Mi’kmaq descent. He holds an MA in Anthropology from the University of Manitoba, with a specialty in environmental archaeology. He served as a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University for six years. After that he was appointed Chief of Archaeology with Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, a position that he held for 15 years. During this time, he established several publication series on Manitoba archaeology, and was involved in the drafting of Manitoba’s Heritage Resources Act in the mid-1980s. He has published two books and over 120 articles on archaeology and related subjects. In 1995 he received the Province’s Prix Manitoba Award for excellence in Education and Communication, and in 1999 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by Brandon University in recognition of his contribution to the discipline of archaeology in the province. Leo continues to write for the Manitoba Archaeological Journal as a Society Life Member and most recently the MAS Student Paper was named in his honour. Now retired, Leo’s career spanned more than 30 years, making him one of Manitoba’s most senior and respected archaeologists. The things that interest him these days will show up on “Leo’s Corner.”

“Leo’s Corner” was set up by the MAS Executive and Council in early 2014 as a publication medium for those who want to disseminate opinion pieces, discussion papers, and short substantive essays on Manitoba archaeology outside of the newsletter, which is published twice a year, or the annual journal. The name notwithstanding, we want to emphasize that this forum isn’t just for Leo! He looks forward to soliciting papers from other individuals and editing them (the papers, that is, not the individuals) for inclusion on the website.

****Any opinions expressed in Leo's Corner are deemed to be those of the writer(s) and do not necessarily reflect the policies, mandates, or views of the Executive, membership at large, or sponsors of the Manitoba Archaeological Society.****