Colleen Hughes

I have a Bachelor of Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology). My Master’s research explores the use of sentiment analysis (a natural language processing program) as a means to study the perspectives of Inuit place names and how this analysis may signify the relationships of place between past and present people. I have been fortunate to complete three Arctic field seasons, one in 2014 at Kuukpak on the Mackenzie Delta, NWT, where I was a part of the excavation team of a wooden cruciform house. The second in 2015 in Arviat, Nunavut, where we explored important cultural landscapes and worked with the local Hunters and Trappers group to gather information about their landscapes. The third season in 2016 was also in Arviat, where I had the privilege of working with people from the community of Arviat for this digital heritage project. My research interests include; Arctic archaeology, landscape archaeology, traditional land use knowledge, toponymy and the use of natural language processing in archaeology.