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Brooke Milne Ph.D. Dean, Arts & Science and Professor, Department of Anthropology

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Research Area(s)

  • Stone Tools (lithics)
  • Lithic Provenance
  • Novice Skill Acquisition
  • Gender and Agency
  • Digital Site Preservation
  • Archaeogeophysics


Select Recent Publications

(Graduate Student advisees, Postdoctoral Fellows, and/or HQP indicated by underline)

Landry, David B., Ian Ferguson, S. Brooke Milne, Mulu Serzu, and Robert Park (2019) Integrated Geophysical Techniques for the Archaeological Investigation of LbDt-1: A Palaeo-Inuit Quarry in the Interior of Southern Baffin Island, Nunavut. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory doi.org/10.1007/s10816-018-9370-6

Landry, David B., S. Brooke Milne, and Rachel E. ten Bruggencate (2018) Combining Remote Sensing, Geophysics, and Lithic Provenance and Reduction to Understand Long-Term Continuity in Paleo-Inuit Chert Quarrying and Seasonal Inland Travels on Southern Baffin Island, NU. Quaternary International /doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2018.04.021

Gamble, Julia A., and S. Brooke Milne (2018) Using LEXT Laser Microscopy to Identify Enamel Surface Defects in Archaeological Caribou Dentition: A Pilot Study from Southern Baffin Island NU. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.12.033

Park, Robert W., S. Brooke Milne, and Douglas R. Stenton (2017) Burin and Spall Use at an Inland Arctic Small Tool Tradition Site, Southern Baffin Island, Nunavut. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 41(1):63-78.

ten Bruggencate, Rachel E., S. Brooke Milne, Mostafa Fayek, Robert W. Park, and Douglas R. Stenton (2017) Combining Chert Provenance and Least-Cost Pathway Analyses to Reconstruct Pre-Dorset and Dorset Mobility on Southern Baffin Island. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 14:651-661.

Thacher, Dana, S. Brooke Milne, and Robert W. Park (2017) Applying GIS and Statistical Analysis to Assess the Correlation of Human Behaviour and Ephemeral Architectural Features among Palaeo-Inuit Sites on Southern Baffin Island, Nunavut. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 14:21-30.

Milne, S. Brooke and Robert W. Park (2016) The Pre-Dorset Culture. The Oxford Handbook of the Prehistoric Arctic, eds. T.M. Friesen and O. Mason, pp. 693-712. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Gamble, Julia, and S. Brooke Milne (2016) Explorations in LEXT Image and Profile Capture for Dental Enamel Surface Morphology. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 10:454-463.

Landry, David B., S. Brooke Milne, Robert W. Park, Mostafa Fayek, and Douglas R. Stenton (2016) Manual Point Cloud Classification and Extraction for Hunter-Gatherer Feature Investigation: A Test Case from Two Low-Arctic Palaeo-Eskimo Sites Open Archaeology. DOI: 10.1515/opar-2016-0017

ten Bruggencate, Rachel, Jeffrey Stup, S. Brooke Milne, Douglas R. Stenton, Robert W. Park, and Mostafa Fayek (2016) A Human-Centered GIS Approach to Modeling Mobility on Southern Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. Journal of Field Archaeology 41(6):684-698.

ten Bruggencate, Rachel, S. Brooke Milne, Mostafa Fayek, Robert W. Park, Douglas R. Stenton, and Anne C. Hamilton (2016) Characterizing Southern Baffin Island Chert: A Cautionary Tale for Provenance Research. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports DOI:10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.03.016

ten Bruggencate, Rachel, S. Brooke Milne, Mostafa Fayek, Robert W. Park, and Douglas R. Stenton (2015) Characterization of chert artifacts and two newly identified chert quarries on southern Baffin Island. Lithic Technology 40(3):189-198.

Landry, David B., Ian J. Ferguson, S. Brooke Milne, and Robert W. Park (2015) Combined Geophysical Approach in a Complex Arctic Archaeological Environment: A Case Study from the LdFa-1 Site, Southern Baffin Island, Nunavut. Archaeological Prospection 22:157–170.


Brooke is an established and collaborative interdisciplinary researcher who draws expertise, techniques, and analytical approaches from across the Social and Natural Sciences, and Humanities to explore the long-term human occupation of the Canadian Arctic. Her research and fieldwork programs have been generously supported by SSHRC, CFI, NCE, Natural Resources Canada, Manitoba Heritage, and Research Manitoba, among other agencies, for nearly three decades.

Brooke has published on diverse topics in high impact journals and is renowned for her work in the areas of lithic (stone) technology, novice skill apprenticeship, geochemical provenance and technological organization, and the reconstruction of long-term human land use patterns in the Canadian Arctic. She has been nominated twice for the Faculty of Arts, Excellence in Teaching award at the University of Manitoba, and has successfully mentored and advised both undergraduate and graduate students in her interdisciplinary research lab, ArcTec. Dr. Milne is a tireless advocate on behalf of graduate students and graduate education and was awarded a Presidential Citation from the Graduate Student’s Association at the University of Alberta in 2020 in recognition of her efforts.

Current Grants

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Grant Program

  • Amount: $283,666
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Title: The Analytical Quandary of Chert Quarries: A Multi-Scalar Approach using GIS Modelling, Archaeo-Geophysics, Lithic Provenance, and Debitage Analysis to Understand Palaeo-Inuit Lithic Technological Organization and Novice Skill on Southern Baffin Island