Erin Halstad McGuire

Erin Halstad McGuire
Associate Teaching Professor

on leave Jul1-Dec31, 2021

Office: COR B225

PhD Glasgow

Area of expertise

Archaeology, material culture, funerary rituals, gender identities, Medieval North Atlantic, Historical archaeology, Experimental archaeology, teaching and learning in undergraduate education

I have been teaching at UVic since 2010. In addition to ANTH 100: Introduction to Anthropology, I teach courses on the archaeology of death (ANTH397), Viking archaeology (ANTH398), and special topics such as Medieval archaeology, and Gender archaeology. Heritage and Historical Archaeology field course (ANTH395) has been based at the Jewish Cemetery, in Victoria. Students in this course have been recording the cemetery for the Synagogue. From time to time, I also offer courses through the UVic Medieval Studies Program. In my teaching I aim to help students develop transferable skills relating to research, project design, group work, and technologies relevant to anthropology and archaeology. I am interested in how students learn, and so I strive to consistently further my knowledge in learner-centred theories and strategies for teaching. In May, 2016, I was honoured to become the first recipient of UVic’s Excellence in Teaching for Experiential Learning Award.

Undergraduate advising

Please contact me for your Anthropology undergraduate advising at:

Undergraduate advising


Available Mon from 1:00-2:30pm by appointment for online advising.

To schedule an online appointment:

  • choosing classes
  • registration help
  • transfer credits
  • pre-requisite overrides
  • advice on  directed studies and your major or minor
  • oversees the operation of and changes to the undergraduate program

Honours adviser: Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier

  • information about the honours program
  • already enrolled in the honours program and have a question

Coop adviser: Anaïs Holdaway or Linda Marlee

Get more information about Anthropology Co-op. Drop by to see Anaïs Holdaway, your Anthropology co-op coordinator in COR B138 (250-721-7358) or Linda Marlee at (250-721-8689).

The UVic calendar has general descriptions and prerequisites for Anthropology courses.

Anthropology's course lists have pdfs with the instructor's specific description of their course.

Anthropology Handbook: Describes the programs and opportunities for undergraduates interested in Anthropology.

Please note: The University reserves the right to limit enrolment and to limit the registration in, or to cancel or revise, any of the courses listed. The university reserves the right to cancel courses if enrollment is not sufficient. Preliminary lists of instructors and courses are subject to change. The curricula may also be changed, as deemed advisable by the Senate of the University. General information about the calendar includes: academic sessions, calendar changes, course values and hours, course experience survey, limit of the University's responsibility, program planning, privacy and access to information, notification of disclosure of personal information to statistics Canada, schedule of classes and the University's right to limit enrollment.


  • Archaeology
  • Material culture
  • Funerary rituals
  • Gender identities
  • Experimental archaeology
  • Migration
  • Medieval North Atlantic IN THE NEWS...
  • Historical archaeology
  • Teaching and learning in undergraduate education


Fall 2021


Spring 2022


Current projects

Jewish Cemetery Field Course

The Heritage and Historical Archaeology field course (ANTH 363, formerly ANTH 395) has been based at the Jewish Cemetery, in Victoria. Students in this course have been recording the cemetery for the Synagogue. See the video of last year's course. This course is held only during the summer.  The next course is planned for May 8 - June 7, 2017.

Viking Lamps and Light Technology

Burning the Midnight Oil is an experimental archaeology project. It seeks to explore the use of steatite lamp technologies in the Viking Age through the reconstruction and testing of lamps, wicks, and fuel. Using a reconstructed pit house site, the efficiency of the lamps is being tested, in terms of light production, heat production, and portability. This project aims to inform understanding of light technologies in the Early Medieval period and to create a catalogue of Viking Age lamps. A side aim of the project is to explore the development of teaching-related resources centred on experimental archaeology.

Increasing Affective Engagement in Anthropology 100 Ethics Tutorials

This is a joint Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project, with Betsy Hagestedt. The research has been funded by a grant from UVic’s Learning and Teaching Centre. In the study, we seek to assess the value of using vignettes and storytelling through video-blogs to increase the affective investment of students in ethics tutorials, which have had a low rate of student interest during past terms. As one of the most important topics covered during Anthropology 100 tutorials, it is crucial to effectively engage students in the subject.

Selected publications

Articles and chapters

2019 - McGuire, E. Whim rules the child: The archaeology of childhood in Scandinavian Scotland. Journal of the North Atlantic, Special Volume 11.

2017 - McGuire, E. Burning the Midnight Oil: Archaeological Experiments with Viking Lamps. In N. Gonlin and A. Nowell (eds), Archaeology of the Night. University Press of Colorado.

2017 - Baxter, Vey, McGuire, Conway, Blom. Reflections on Interdisciplinarity in the Study of Childhood in the Past. Childhood in the Past 10.

2016 - McGuire, E. Move along: Migrant identities in Scandinavian Scotland. In E. Pierce, A. Maldonado, and A. Russell (eds), Creating Material Worlds. Oxbow Books.

2010 - McGuire, E. Sailing Home: Boat-Graves, Migrant Identities and Funerary Practices on the Viking Frontier. In E. Anderson, A. Maddrell, K. McLoughlin and A. Vincent (Eds.) Memory, Mourning and Landscape. Amsterdam: Rodopi.

2008 - McGuire, E. Students and their Digs: An experiment in enquiry-based learning in archaeology. Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 3(1), 84-101.