Dr. Katherine Hull (PhD, Anthropology) joined the ASI team following the completion of her doctorate in 2004. She currently holds the position of Director of the Cultural Heritage Division while maintaining project management responsibilities in the Mitigation Division. Over the course of her employment with ASI, Katherine has directed several Stage 3 assessments and Stage 4 mitigative excavations, and served as the project manager for numerous Stage 1-4 archaeological projects in the southern Ontario, ranging from the investigation of the World War II spy training facility Camp X to the management of heritage resources impacted by the massive 407 East (Durham) expansion. She holds a Professional Class Archaeological License issued by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
Although her earliest training was in the archaeology of Cahokia-complex Mississippian sites, Katie has developed a specialty in historical archaeology over the course of nearly three decades in the field. Ten years of experience as research associate and field director for Dr. Charles Orser’s archaeological field schools in rural Ireland form the cornerstone of her career. The first excavation of its kind, this research focused on the material culture and history of agricultural labourers before and during the Great Famine of 1845-1852. Her dissertation, based on this fieldwork, examined the material correlates of the nineteenth-century agricultural and social hierarchy in County Roscommon. The research interests developed in Ireland dovetail nicely with Katie’s continuing work in southern Ontario: immigrant/emigrant experience, identity, formation and material expression of socioeconomic class, the study of people “without history,” and the importance of the rural redware pottery industry.
Believing strongly in heritage advocacy and public engagement, Katie actively shares her expertise in both professional and avocational settings. Her published research includes articles in both Ontario Archaeology and the International Journal of Historical Archaeology, as well as several chapters in the monograph Unearthing Hidden Ireland (Orser 2006). She is a member of the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA), the Council for Northeastern Historical Archaeology (CNEHA), and the Ontario Archaeological Society (OAS), and is an associate editor of International Journal of Historical Archaeology. Katie is also a member of her local municipal heritage advisory board, regularly shares her studies through presentations to local avocational groups, and moderates a social media group dedicated to historical archaeology.
In her time away from archaeology, Katie enjoys spending time in the garden with her family and Irish wolfhound, researching genealogical mysteries, laughing with her children, and planning her next big Halloween display.