Dr Eric Tourigny
Lecturer in Historical Archaeology
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School of History, Classics and Archaeology
Newcastle University, NE1 7RU, United Kingdom
Wednesdays 11:00 to 13:00;
Fridays 14:00 to 15:00.
I joined Newcastle University in January 2018 as Lecturer in Historical Archaeology. Previously, I was a sessional lecturer in Archaeology at my hometown institution of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Canada. Prior to undertaking my PhD, I worked as an archaeological field director in northern British Columbia.
Area of Expertise
Identification and analysis of animal bones; archaeologies of food and human-animal relationships; Treatment of pets in the post-medieval period; 17th-19th century British settlement of Canada.
PhD in Archaeology, University of Leicester, 2016
M.A. in Archaeology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2009
B.Sc. in Anthropology, Laurentian University, 2007
ORCID number: 0000-0003-3262-9885
I am happy to supervise PhD projects on any topic related to my own research interests. Additionally, I can co-supervise with other colleagues on topics combining zooarchaeological analyses with their areas of interest. Informal enquiries are welcomed and I am always happy to discuss the development of potential topics.
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- Historical zooarchaeology, paleopathology,
- Archaeology of dogs
- Food and identity
- human-animal relationships
- Commemoration and memorialisation of animals
- Historical archaeology of Canada
- North Atlantic fisheries
- Historic North America and post-medieval Britain
- Provisioning frontier settlements
Current and past projects
Archaeology of the animal welfare movement
My current research investigates the origins of the modern animal welfare movement using a combination of archaeological and historical evidence. Experts often point to the Victorian period as a watershed in British society’s changing attitudes towards pet animals: marked by the appearance of various institutions like the RSPCA, animal shelters and an increased number of laws dedicated to their protection. Others argue these institutions better protected the wealthy pet owner rather than the animals. This project investigates whether or not changing attitudes actually resulted in the improved treatment of the animal body. Through an investigation of post-medieval pet burials, it tracks the incidence of trauma and disease as well as changes in nutrition to determine whether or not the animal body benefited from changing attitudes.
Remembering Fido – Tracing the memorialisation of pets in the British landscape
As part of the study on changing attitudes towards animals, I am conducting an archaeological investigation into the memorialisation of pets across the British Landscape. The roles occupied by animals in society changed during the post-medieval period and this is documented in the ways the dead were treated and memorialised. The locations of memorials as well as the shapes they took and the inscriptions they hold inform on how people conceptualised the roles of animals within the family and their place in the afterlife. The distribution of memorials across the landscape traces the propagation of new attitudes throughout society and across the country.
Upper Canada foodways – food habits and identity among immigrant populations
This research identified and described the diets and foodways of recent immigrant groups in the newly formed province of Upper Canada (southern Ontario) in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The project provided a critical examination of the relationship between food and identity through an exploration of the archaeological remains of animal bones and historical documents. It identified the development of local cuisines and explored the influence of British working-class traditions on the development of early Canadian identities.
Elite foodways of 17th-century fishing plantations
This project investigated food consumption as markers of socio-economic status amongst residents of a 17th-century fishing station in Newfoundland, Canada. Zooarchaeological data were interpreted alongside historical documents to explore how wealth and status played out in remote plantations through differential access to food, not as a result of greater purchasing power but as a product of more access to spare time.
Research grants, awards and fellowships:
I have received funding from the following organizations:
-Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
-Institute of Social and Economic Research
-JR Smallwood Foundation
-Canadian Polar Commission
-University of Leicester
-Memorial University of Newfoundland
I am Degree Programme Director for the MA Archaeology programme.
Coordinator for following modules:
ARA3117 – The Archaeology of Animal Bones
ARA8290 – Research Themes, Theory and Skills in Archaeology II
Contributor to the following modules:
ARA1001 – Stuff: Living in a Material World
ARA1026 – Introduction to Archaeological Science
ARA1027 – Introduction to Archaeology
ARA2004 – Animals, Plants and People: An Introduction to Environmental Archaeology
ARA2097 – Historical Archaeology of the Modern World
ARA3031 – Historical Archaeology of Britain
ARA3036 – Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Britain in European Context
- Tourigny E, Newstead S. Introduction. Global Post-Medieval/Historical Archaeology: What's Happening Around the World 2018?. Post-Medieval Archaeology 2018. In Press.
- Tourigny E. Foodways in Historical Archaeology. In: Smith, C, ed. Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. New York: Springer Reference, 2018.
- Tourigny E. Eating barreled meat in Upper Canada: Cultural and archaeological implications. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 2018, 22(4), 843-864.
- Tourigny E, Newstead S. Introduction. Global post-medieval/historical archaeology: What's happening around the world?. Post-Medieval Archaeology 2017, 51(3), 515-516.
- Tourigny E. Minimum sample sizes, recovery techniques, and the reporting of animal bones from historic-period assemblages in Ontario. Ontario Archaeology 2017, 97, 44-60.
- Tourigny E, Thomas R, Guiry E, Earp R, Allen A, Rothenburger JL, Lawler D, Nussbaumer M. An osteobiography of a 19th-century dog from Toronto, Canada. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 2016, 26(5), 818-829.
- Tourigny E, Gaulton B. A casualty of the 1696 French attack on Ferryland, Newfoundland. North Atlantic Archaeology 2014, 3, 119-124.
- Betts M, Noël S, Tourigny E, Burns M, Pope PE, Cumbaa SL. Zooarchaeology of the historic cod fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Journal of the North Atlantic 2014, 24, 1-21.
- Tourigny E, Noël S. Status and diet: Variations in elite foodways at Newfoundland fishing stations in the 17th and 18th centuries. In: Pope,PE;Lewis-Simpson,S, ed. Exploring Atlantic Transitions: Archaeologies of Permanence and Transience in New Found Lands. Woodbridge, Suffolk, U.K: Boydell and Brewer, 2013, pp.233-244.
- Guiry E, Noël S, Tourigny E, Grimes V. A stable isotope method for identifying transatlantic origin of pig (Sus scrofa) remains at French and English fishing stations in Newfoundland. Journal of Archaeological Science 2012, 39, 2012-2022.
- Guiry E, Noël S, Tourigny E. Stable-isotope bone chemistry and human/animal interactions in historical archaeology. Northeast Historical Archaeology 2012, 41, 126-143.
- Wolff C, Negrijn M, Swinarton L, Tourigny E. New research at Stock Cove, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland. PAO Archaeological Review 2009.
- Hawkins A, Tourigny E, Long D, Julig P, Bursey J. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy of geological and archaeological chert from southern Ontario. North American Archaeologist 2008, 29(3-4), 203-224.