The Rangeland Research Institute provides researchers with opportunity to conduct a wide range of short- and long-term research projects focused on providing a solid scientific foundation for the sustainable management of rangelands.

We support research that combines expertise and approaches from a variety of academic disciplines and addresses issues related to the competing demands of ecosystem conservation and resource use, including energy exploration and extraction, grazing, water management, wildlife management and biodiversity conservation, and sustainable landscape management.

Read the University of Alberta Beef and Range Report, published in August 2014.

Baseline archaeological research on the Kinsella and Mattheis Research Ranches

Dr. John (Jack) Ives | Professor and Director, Institute of Prairie Archaeology
Department of Anthropology
Faculty of Arts
University of Alberta

Dr. Ives and Dr. Kisha Supernant (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology) will lead graduate and undergraduate students in undertaking the discovery, evaluation, and mapping of archaeological sites on the Mattheis and Kinsella Research Ranches. The number and nature of sites present will be identified using foot surveys and subsurface testing. Once identified, sites will be evaluated further through testing, mapping, and potentially through excavation programs. This research will help managers of the Mattheis and Kinsella Ranches to make decisions that take heritage and cultural landscape values into account. Furthermore, knowledge that is generated about Pleistocene, Holocene and settlement era human presence on the ranch landscapes can add a significant temporal dimension to the work of researchers from other disciplines, creating opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations among researchers working at these properties.

The Department of Anthropology runs an Archaeological Field School every second year, which will take place in part at the Mattheis and/or Kinsella Research Ranches. Learn more about the 2014 field school.



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