Kelsey Pennanen

Doctor of Philosophy in Archaeology (Candidate), University of Calgary, expected completion May 2023
2019 Master of Arts in Archaeology, University of Calgary
2016 Bachelors of Science (Honours) in Geoarchaeology, Lakehead University 

Office: B349B
Research Interests:
Non-invasive Remote Sensing, including Terrestrial and Aerial LiDAR platforms, Aerial Photogrammetry Utilizing UAV Documentation Strategies, Geomatics Engineering and GIS. Education and Outreach, Public Archaeology, Decolonization Practices in Historical Pedagogies, Visual Media for Education and Tourism.
Kelsey Pennanen (she/her) is an archaeologist and educator who grew up on the trapline in Northwestern Ontario on Treaty 3. She is passionate about advocating for Indigenous heritage protection and decolonization strategies and practices. She has experience conducting archaeological excavations abroad in Italy and Belize, and within Canada in Nunavut, NWT, Yukon, Ontario, and Alberta. Her current research focuses on the use of UAV (drone) platforms for documentation of built cultural heritage features surrounding ice patch sites in the high-alpine mountainous regions of Southern Yukon territory to meet the research objectives of three self-governing First Nations. For this work, she is the recipient of the prestigious Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholarship in 2020. Her Masters was completed on LiDAR documentation of a threatened buffalo jump complex in Southern Alberta on Treaty 7. She works with Siksika Knowledge Keepers and Educators from Siksika First Nation and Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park to design curriculum-aligned archaeological activities for Indigenous and settler students for grades 7-12. 

Selected Publications:
Pennanen, K., Guillet, L. (2020). Experiential Learning and Archaeology: Reconciliation through Excavation. Papers of Postsecondary Learning and Teaching, Vol. 4, pp. 58-67.

Pennanen, K., Dawson, P.C., Leyden, J. (2017). Terrestrial Laser Scanning for the Documentation of an at-risk Buffalo Jump in South-central Alberta. After the flood: Investigations of impacts to archaeological resources from the 2013 flood in southern Alberta. Archaeological Survey of Alberta Occasional Paper No. 37, pp. 73-81.