Student Representative - University of Manitoba

Amanda Gilmore, William Harrison

Amanda Gilmore is currently in the 4th and final year of her B.A. (Honours) in Anthropology at the University of Manitoba. Amanda’s interest in archaeology started in her first years as an undergraduate, where she took introductory anthropology courses. During her time as a student, Amanda has participated in field schools both locally and internationally, gaining experience over three field seasons with Edinburgh’s Heritage and Archaeological Research Practice (HARP) studying sites spanning from the Neolithic to the post-medieval period in Blair Atholl, and the Isle of Mull, in Scotland.

Amanda has also exercised her skills as an archaeologist at the excavations at Lockport, MB, in the summer of 2016 with the University of Manitoba. In May of 2016 Amanda was the inaugural recipient of the Gurli Aagaard Woods Undergraduate Publication Award, presented by the Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian-Canadian Studies (AASSC), for her research paper titled Trees as a Central Theme in Norse Mythology and Culture: An Archaeological Perspective.

An active member of the University of Manitoba’s Anthropology Students’ Association (UMASA) for the past 3 years, Amanda has served as an executive member and conference planning committee member for UMASA, and believes that facilitating student involvement within archaeology is key to the future of the discipline. Currently, Amanda works as a student archaeological assistant for the Historic Resources Branch (HRB) of the Manitoba Government and actively conducts research on community led archaeology, the ethnography of archaeological work, and indigenous knowledge and repatriation legislation.


William Harrison decided to be an archaeologist at a very early age, as it combined two of his favourite things at that time: digging in dirt and Indiana Jones movies. His hobbies have matured over the years (he now digs with a Marshalltown instead of a plastic shovel) but the interest remained. He began studies in anthropology and archaeology at the University of Manitoba in 2013 and graduated with an B.A. (Honours) in May of 2017. During his degree, he excavated in Israel and Japan, and processed material from the Lockport site, among other coursework. He has since narrowed his research interests to the ancient production and use of ceramics and he is currently engaged in an experimental archaeology research project on use-wear analysis of Iron Age South African brewing vessels as he awaits the results from Master’s program applications.

William has been involved in the University of Manitoba Anthropology Students Association (UMASA) operations for the past two years, first as a communications co-director and now as the Undergraduate Vice President and MAS co-representative.  He hopes to use this opportunity to promote local archaeology and opportunities to the students at U of M, and get students involved with communicating the importance of archaeology to the public.