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Dr Gerald Oetelaar, B.A., M.A., PhD

Pronouns: he/him

Contact information

Phone number

Office: +1 (403) 220-7629
Laboratory: +1 (403) 220-5228


Office: ES862
Laboratory: ES714

I prefer to be contacted by email or phone.


Educational Background

B.A. Archaeology, University of Calgary, 1976

Doctor of Philosophy Anthropology, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, 1987

M.A. Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, 1981


Areas of Research

Landscape and Indigenous archaeology

My research focuses on the evolution of the natural and cultural landscape on the northwestern Plains. To explore the evolution of the natural landscape, I rely primarily on the western scientific approach. When trying to understand human perceptions and uses of the landscape, I rely on the phenomenological approach which involves the challenging process of trying to use alternate worldviews, namely those of First Nations, to interpret the archaeological record of the Northwestern Plains. The decision to employ such complementary approaches has generated new avenues of research such as the roles of all humans in the management of ‘natural’ resources throughout the Anthropocene.

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
ARKY 201 LAB 01 B01 Introduction To Archaeology 2020
ARKY 201 LAB 06 B06 Introduction To Archaeology 2020
ARKY 201 LEC 01 01 Introduction To Archaeology 2020
ARKY 325 LEC 02 02 Ancient Civilizations 2021
ARKY 419 LEC 01 01 Tipi,Buffalo, & Vision: People 2020