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.