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The Explorers Club, US EC50
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archaeology, ethnohistory, Canada, hunter-gatherers of the Boreal Forest, digital humanities, archaeological theory, rock art, pictographs, history of archaeology, past, present and future of higher education in the US
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An “EC50 – Fifty People Changing the World” award recipient, archaeologist and ethnohistorian working with computing scientists Dr Alicia Colson FRGS FSA collaborates with indigenous peoples, NGOs and governments in Canada, UK, US, and Antigua to understand our pasts.  Expeditions in Namibia and Iceland encouraged her to practice citizen science. As a Wiley Digital Archive Fellow her passion to explain to the widest audiences led her to produce an ESRI StoryMap of the Ilhas de Santa Catarina, Brazil, her childhood home. Co-founder of Exploration Revealed, the Scientific Exploration Society’s digital hybrid publication with Briony Turner showcases advances in knowledge and peer-to-peer support for those engaged with scientific exploration and adventure-led expedition.

Recent Publications

2022 Alicia Colson H-Net Review by Alicia Colson of Susan M. Kooiman. Ancient Pottery, Cuisine, and Society at the Northern Great Lakes. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press,. H-Net Reviews H-Environment.

2021 Alicia J. M. Colson “Banishment to Cool” A Chairborne Exploration of a ‘Forgotten Archipelago’ – Santa Catarina, Brazil. EsriStoryMap. Wiley Digital Research Fellow, Royal Geographical Society and IBG.

January 2019 Alicia Colson, An Instruction Manual Would Be Perfect! An Analysis of the Images of Four Birchbark Scrolls from Central North America Anthropos, Volume 114 (1): 37 – 56, ISSN: 0257-9774, ISSN online: 0257-9774,

2018 Alicia J. M. Colson The Perpetual Dilemma of a Pictograph Site. VISUAL PAST A Journal for the Study of Past Visual Cultures 5: Special Issue “Bildsinne/Image Senses”: 75—98.

September 2017 Bradley G. Hyslop & Alicia J. M. Colson It’s about time: Investigations into the interior of Canada’s Boreal Forest. Lac Seul. North American Archaeologist 38 (4): 299–326

Publications for the general public:

April 1. 2022 Alicia Colson Our Olives, Ourselves. Whetstone W Journal,

Winter 2020 Alicia J. M. Colson “On understanding the unknown: defining ourselves as researchers?” The Great Britain and Ireland Chapter Entry, The Explorers Log Vol: 51 (1):10 [A publication of The Explorers Club, NYC]

15 November 2020 Alicia Colson Visiting Old Friends Contingent Magazine

August 2020 Alicia Colson The Brown Bear and I: Archeology, Adventure and Colonisation in the Canadian “Wilderness.” Adventure Uncovered

20 February 2020 Alicia J. M. Colson Food Archaeology: Avocado Wonk! Magazine (

November 21, 2019 Alicia J. M. Colson Dangoor Infinity Expedition to Iceland Histories of Archaeology Research Network, (HARN) Weblog (

June 17 2019 Alicia J. M. Colson ‘Let’s get Started!Histories of Archaeology Research Network, (HARN) Weblog (

15 April 2019 Alicia J. M. Colson Food Archaeology: Mmmm Chocolate! Wonk! Magazine (

2015 Alicia J. M. Colson 2D and 3D Digital Technologies Tools in Archaeology. Academic. Decoding Digital Humanities London – Forum.

2015 Colson, Alicia J. M., Daniel James Nicolson, Ronald Guthrie, and Hannah Cooper Canyons and Craters Science Report 2014. Science Report. London: British Exploring Society. 

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
North America
Expertise by Chronology
Ancient, Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Colonialism, Computational, Environment, Higher Ed, Indigenous Peoples, Material Culture, Religion, Women