Aurora Skala, M.A.

Archaeologist, Indigenous Knowledge Researcher

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Aurora holds an MA in Anthropology from the University of Victoria. She is currently assisting with the Salmon Arm West Cultural Heritage Assessment (CHA) being conducted for the Adams Lake Indian Band, Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band, and Neskonlith Indian Band. This project includes training and mentorship of community CHA researchers, interview data review, report writing, leading interviews, and providing ongoing support for research and data-management. In addition to this project, she is also assisting with the archive digitization project for Shuswap Indian Band.

Aurora has worked as an archaeologist conducting excavations, laboratory analysis, recording archaeological sites, and writing reports for the past four years. She has experience doing coastal and underwater archaeology in BC and Florida. Aurora specializes in recording coastal rock art sites (pictographs and petroglyphs), and received funding from the Hakai Institute to complete her MA research on Central Coast rock art. This research was conducted in community-partnership with Heiltsuk Nation and Wuikinuxv Nation.