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Ernie Walker

Ernie Walker

BEd University of Saskatchewan 1971; BA University of Saskatchewan 1972; BA [Hons] University of Saskatchewan 1973, MA University of Saskatchewan 1978, PhD University of Texas, Austin 1980


Office: Archaeology 208
Phone: 966-4181


Saskatchewan Order of Merit, 2001

Order of Canada, 2004

3M Teaching Fellowship, 2007



Biological Anthropology – Major interests are in the area of human Osteology and skeletal biology including paleopathology and forensic anthropology. Forensic identification of human remains for law enforcement agencies is a specialty. Secondary interests include human evolutionary studies and vertebrate paleontology. Ongoing research includes projects in DNA studies and the paleopathology of some Northern Plains burials.

Archaeology – The major research interests are centered around North American precontact archaeology specializing in the Great Plains and American Southwest regions including geoarchaeology and paleoenvironmental studies. Ongoing research is centered on the archaeology of Wanuskewin Heritage Park near Saskatoon and the Big Muddy area of southern Saskatchewan.



Recent Publications:

Sharanowski BJ, Walker EG, Anderson GS.  2008. Insect succession and decomposition

patterns on shaded and sunlit carrion in Saskatchewan in three different seasons. Forensic Science International 179: 219-240.

Evans CP, Aitken AE, Walker EG.  2007.  A GIS Approach for Archaeological Site

Distribution Analysis by Physiographic Elements in the Lake Diefenbaker Region, Saskatchewan, Canada. In: Reconstructing Human-Landscape Interactions, Wilson L, Dickinson P, Jendron J (Eds.), pages 68-83, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Leyden JL, Wassenaar LI, Hobson KA,Walker EG.  2006.  Stable hydrogen isotopes of

bison collagen as a proxy for Holocene Climate on the Northern Plains, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, and  Palaeoecology 239 (1 and 2): 87-99.