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Gabriel Hrynick

Associate Professor



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Gabe Hrynick is an archaeologist specializing in the study of coastal hunter-gatherers, especially their domestic and ritual structures and spaces. Dr. Hrynick's major field program is an ongoing study of coastal sites in Maine and Atlantic Canada, spanning the Terminal Archaic to the Protohistoric period.

One central theme of this work is elucidating the Late Maritime Woodland to Protohistoric transition, particularly the ways in which Wabanaki peoples engaged in complex relationships over long distances with Europeans and Indigenous peoples. This research is currently funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Prior to joining UNB, Dr. Hrynick worked in academic, museum, and CRM contexts, and has supervised research on projects dating from the Palaeoindian period to the Pequot War. He maintains broad research, teaching, and graduate supervisory interests in Northeastern archaeology and ethnohistory, as well as hunter-gatherer studies. In addition to his appointment at UNB, he is an External Associate at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute. He is an elected fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Refereed edited volumes

2017     Betts, M.W., and M.G. Hrynick (editors)   North American East Coast Shell Midden Research. Journal of the North Atlantic, Special Volume. Number 10.

Refereed articles

2020   Spahr, T.W., A. Anderson, M.G. Hrynick, G.-J. Hudgell, and A.E. Spiess. A Report on a late Woodland period dugout canoe from Cape Porpoise, Maine, USA. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology

2019    Hrynick, M.G., and M.W. Betts. Architectural Features. In Place Making in the Pretty Harbour: The Archaeology of Port Joli, Nova Scotia, edited by M.W. Betts, pp. 129-159. Canadian Museum of History Mercury Series, University of Ottawa Press.

2019    Farley, W.A., A.N. Fox, and Hrynick, M.G. A Quantitative Dwelling-Scale Approach to the Social Implications of Maize Horticulture in New England. American Antiquity 84(2):274-291.

2018    Betts, Matthew W., M.G. Hrynick and Alexandre Pelletier-Michaud. The Pierce-Embree Site: A Palaeoindian Findspot from Southwestern Nova Scotia. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 42:255-262.

2018    Hrynick, M.G., Maritime Woodland Period Dwelling Surface Construction on the Coast of the Maritime Peninsula: Implications for Site Reuse and Intra-Site Space. Archaeology of Eastern North America 46:1-16.

2017    Hrynick, M.G., W.J. Webb, C.E. Shaw, and T.C. Testa. 2017. Late Maritime Woodland to Protohistoric Culture Change and Continuity at the Devil’s Head site, Calais, Maine. Archaeology of Eastern North America 45:85–108.

2017     Hrynick, M.G., and M.W. Betts  A Relational Approach to Hunter-Gatherer Architecture and Gendered Use of Space at Port Joli Harbour, Nova Scotia. Journal of the North Atlantic  Special Volume No. 10:1–17.

2016     Hrynick, M.G., and D.W. Black Cultural Continuity in Maritime Woodland Period Domestic Architecture in the Quoddy Region. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 40(1):23–67.

2015     Holyoke, K.R., and M.G. Hrynick Portages and Lithic Procurement in the Northeastern Interior: A Case Study from the Mill Brook Stream Site, Lower Saint John River Valley,New Brunswick, Canada. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 39(2):213–240.

2014     Hrynick, M.G., and M.W. Betts  Identifying Ritual Structures in the Archaeological Record: A Maritime Woodland Period Sweathouse from Nova Scotia, Canada.  Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 35:92–105.

2012     Hrynick, M.G., M.W. Betts, and D.W. Black   A Late Maritime Woodland Period Dwelling Feature from Nova Scotia’s South Shore: Evidence for Patterned Use of Domestic

Space.  Archaeology of Eastern North America 40:1–25.

Other articles and encyclopedia entries

2019     Anderson, A., and M.G. Hrynick  A Reported Hafted Biface from Pennamaquan Lake, Washington County, Maine. Maine Archaeological Society Bulletin 59(2):1–8.

2016     Fable, J., W. Farley, and M.G. Hrynick   Mean Ceramic Dating and Historic Period Occupation at the Devil’s Head Site, Calais,  Maine. Maine Archaeological Society Bulletin 56(1):1–15 .

2013     Betts, M.W., and M.G. Hrynick  E’se’get Archaeology Project, 2012 Field Season. Archaeology in Nova Scotia Newsletter 4:8–19 .           

2012     Hrynick, M.G., and B.S. Robinson Quantifying Gravel from a Ceramic Period Living Surface in Downeast Maine. Maine Archaeological Society Bulletin 52(2):27–43.

2012     Hrynick, M.G., and D.W. Black   Bocabec Archaeological Site. The Canadian Encyclopedia. [Translated to French: Site archéologique Bocabec.]

Book reviews

2017     Hrynick, M.G.  Review of Unsettling Mobility: Mediating Mi’kmaw Sovereignty in Post-contact Nova Scotia by Michelle A. Lelièvre. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 41(2):343–346.

2015     Hrynick, M.G. Review of History in the Making: The Archaeology of the Eastern Subarctic by Donald H. Holly Jr. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 39(1):152–155.

For prospective graduate students

Dr. Hrynick is actively recruiting graduate students, especially those who are interested in collaborating on the archaeology of coastal hunter-gatherers. He has opportunities for students to work on projects in Maine and the Maritimes.

Please feel free to contact him with enquiries.