Sr. Project Archaeologist

Angela Younie

Angela Younie is a Sr. Project Archaeologist at Ember Archaeology, with a focus on northeast Alberta.  She is also Ember’s primary contact for Treaty 8 First Nations and our Team Lead for Indigenous Services. She has over 15 years of experience in cultural resources management, and has worked in Alberta, Yukon, Alaska, and California before joining Ember in 2021. Her experience includes directing archaeological survey, excavation, and laboratory analysis for precontact and historic-era archaeological resources, ethnographic recording and mapping of traditional use sites, stone tool technologies, and Consultation with First Nations communities.

From 2005 to 2009, Angela worked on various projects in the Boreal, Plains, and Parkland subregions of Alberta, focusing on survey and mitigative excavation for large oil and gas projects. Her MA graduate research focused on the technological analysis of a microblade and core assemblage from a site in the Fort Hills area north of Fort McMurray. In 2010, Angela left Alberta to study Beringian archaeology at the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M University. Her research included a three-year excavation of the Linda’s Point site at Healy Lake, Alaska, funded by dissertation grants from the National Science Foundation and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This work was conducted in collaboration with the Tanana Chiefs Conference, a Native Alaskan non-profit agency in Fairbanks, Alaska. Angela worked with the Tanana Chiefs Conference from 2013 to 2016, co-managing undergraduate archaeological field schools and public education programs for Indigenous and underprivileged youth, as well as conducting archaeological research throughout interior Alaska.

Angela’s most recent experience, from 2016 to 2021, has been as a Principal Investigator for Far Western Anthropological Research Group, a CRM firm in California, where Angela led cultural resources compliance work for major energy and transportation projects in various environmental regions throughout the state, as well as ethnographic studies and consultation with indigenous stakeholders.

Along with archaeology, Angela enjoys camping, cross-country skiing, hiking, wall climbing, reading, bluegrass festivals, and the search for the perfect burrito.