About Us

The approach of Aquilla Archaeology is to deliver detail oriented and technically rigorous studies grounded within a culturally ethical framework. Our strategy is to provide the most information possible which in turn results in optimal outcomes for all parties including the client and the community where the project is situated.

Our team consists of professionals who love heritage. Our passion about what we do infiltrates all aspects of our work. We are always seeking new and creative methods to enhance our results and are always keen to share how our work can reveal stories deeply embedded in the past.

colleen.jpgColleen Parsley, M.A. has 18 years of experience in consulting archaeology in western Canada and extensive expertise bioarchaeology and mortuary archaeology in coastal BC. Intersections between ethics, archaeology, colonialism and interactions with the dead are research themes explored in Colleen's work. Colleen also uses 3D laser and other technologies as tools to enhance documentation of Northwest Coast indigenous heritage.

Colleen  has directed multi-year archaeological excavation projects and has gone on to manage projects for  municipal, provincial, First Nation communities and private sectors. Project managment work history covers both large scale projects such as sanitary sewer, pipelines, and mining projects but also smaller projects such as residential development, dock installations, and not-for-profit heritage work. Under Colleen’s direction, Aquilla Archaeology has grown extensively since 2008.

laura.jpgLaura Termes, MSc in Osteoarchaeology, is from Qualicum Beach and has worked at archaeological sites in various parts of the world for several institutions. In 2013, Laura completed a one year curatorial internship at the SFU Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and has recently moved to Nanaimo to join Aquilla Archaeology.

Laura has transitioned to SFU to complete her PhD and is now Aquilla Alumni. You may still occasionally see her in our lab identifying animal remains from our project excavations when she is not busy at school.


Culturally modified Douglas-fir tree from Stz'uminus First Nation Territory recorded in 2008. Douglas-fir bark was taken off in strips and collected for a variety of purposes but most importantly used as fire wood and for coverings on temporary shelters. See an example of how Douglas-fir bark was used or learn more about Douglas-fir CMTs.

brian.jpgBrian Vivian, M.A., Ph. D (candidate) was born and raised in Nanaimo. A renowned archaeologist in western Canada, Brian is very well established and experienced in the Canadian Arctic; Ghana, West Africa; the Canadian Plains and both Interior and Coastal Regions of British Columbia. Brian has completed hundreds of successful archeological projects of all types and for all sectors over the last thirty years.

Adam Love B.A. moved to Vancouver Island in the mid-1990’s from Ontario where his interest in heritage followed.  Volunteering and working in various regions throughout British Columbia since 2008, Adam has worked from the Fraser Canyon to the Broken Group Islands. Adam has key interests in documenting and understanding ancient trails and pathways. Adam has recently graduated from Vancouver Island University where he was placed on the Dean’s Honour List and received the Dorothy Young Archaeology Award.