Elenore Jankunis has been an Archaeologist with Ember Archaeology since 2011. In her role as an Archaeologist, Elenore has actively been in the field on the majority of Ember’s forestry HRIAs from 2012 to 2017 in both the Boreal forest and foothills regions. During this time Elenore has contributed to report writing and artifact cataloguing and analysis. She also has had a hand in shaping Ember’s internal standards of practice and health and safety programming. Elenore took an educational leave from Ember in 2017 to pursue a master’s degree and rejoined the team in 2019 in a support capacity while she completed her thesis writing. She has recently returned to Ember full-time and is currently training to become a permit archaeologist.
Prior to joining Ember’s team, Elenore gained experience working as an archaeologist in British Columbia 2005 to 2007 and from 2009 to 2011. During this time, she had the opportunity to participate in fieldwork, artifact cataloging, and reporting on diverse projects including the forestry, oil and gas, residential, utilities, and transportation sectors. These projects took place in all regions of British Columbia and even the Yukon territory. The recent completion of her master’s degree has also provided Elenore with the opportunity to gain field experience in Nunavut.
Elenore completed her undergraduate degree in archaeology at Simon Fraser University in 2005, where she developed a solid background in artifact analysis through the university’s laboratory-oriented curriculum. As part of this program Elenore participated in the 2004 Tonga field school, where she excavated a Lapita pottery site. The following semester Elenore was employed in a work-study position cataloging the pottery collected during this field school. After completing her courses in the spring of 2005, Elenore volunteered to excavate at Keatley Creek, the largest pit house village in British Columbia. Elenore completed the requirements for a Master’s of Arts degree in anthropology and graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2022. Her thesis focused on flintknapper skill acquisition using lithic debitage from a Palaeo-Inuit (i.e. Pre-Dorset / Dorset) chert quarry (LbDt-1) in the southern interior of Baffin Island.
Elenore is happiest outdoors, she loves to cross-country ski, run, hike/stroll, swim, or just sit around a campfire.