Paul Prince

Associate Professor, Anthropology
Discipline Coordinator

PhD (McMaster), MA (Simon Fraser), B.Sc. (Trent)

7-368G, City Centre Campus
10700 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Paul Prince is an anthropological archaeologist with a background in the prehistory and history of the Eastern Woodland and Pacific Northwest areas of North America. He has participated in field projects over much of North America, but his primary focus is British Columbia. Paul is especially interested in the engagement of First Nations with varoius forms of colonialism; and the long-term record of economic adaptations, including the structure of fisheries and the intensive use of animal resources. He is currently pursuing these interests in projects related tol British Columbia and the interior of Newfoundland. Paul teaches introductory anthropology and advanced archaeology courses and enjoys engaging students in anthropological thinking and hands-on research.

Available to supervise honours or individual study students.

North American archaeology, colonialism, land use patterns, fisheries, cultural perception of landscape, household archaeology

Teaching and Research Interests


  • Trade and subsistence economy on the Nechako Plateau of British Columbia
  • Colonial encounters on the central coast of BC
  • Landscape archaeology and fisheries in the upper Skeena Valley of BC
  • Cultural interaction and resource use at Birchy Lake, Newfoundland (with Donald H. Holly Jr.)


  • ANTH 101 Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH 206 Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANTH 375 Zooarchaeology
  • ANTH 385 Archaeology of the Americas
  • ANTH 388 Artifact Analysis
  • ANTH 395 Issues in Archaeological Method and Interpretation
  • ANTH 396 Archaeological Field Training
  • ANTH 440 Anthropology of Colonial Encounters
  • ANTH 481 History of Archaeological Theory
  • ANTH 496 Topics in Anthropology: Household Archaeology

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Prince, Paul. (2017). The Beaver of Children and the Poor: The Social Dimension of Fur-Bearing Mammal Exploitation in Central British Columbia. Paper Presented at the Society for American Archaeology Conference, April 2017, Vancouver.

Carter, Kari and Paul Prince. (2017). Glimpses into the Arrangement of a Planked House Village Through Multi-element Analysis of Auger-collected Sediments. Paper Presented at the 42nd Annual Canadian Archaeological Association Conference, May 2017, Ottawa.

Prince, Paul. (2016). Colonial Housing Reform and Transitions in Architecture in the Bella Coola Area of British Columbia. Historical Archaeology 50 (2), 47-68.

Holly, Donald H. and Paul Prince. (2015). The Relative Productivity of Ccoastal and Terrestrial Environments and Why People Matter: The view from Birchy Lake, Interior Newfoundland. Paper Presented at the 40th Annual Canadian Archaeological Association Conference, May 2015, St. John’s.

Prince, Paul. (2014). Fish Weirs and an Interior Salmon Fishery on the Nautley River, Central British Columbia. North American Archaeologist 35 (2), 119-148.

Prince, Paul. (2013). A Northwest Village Landscape at Kitwancool Lake. Paper Presented at the 38th Annual Canadian Archaeological Association Conference, May 2013, Whistler.

Prince, Paul. (2011). Riverine Salmon Harvesting and Processing Technology in Northern British Columbia. In The Archaeology of North Pacific Fisheries. M. Moss and A. Cannon, eds, pp. 148-180. University of Alaska Press, Fairbanks.

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Canadian Archaeological Association