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Department of Archaeology



I completed a BA in Archaeology at the University of Toronto in 2018 before completing an MPhil in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge in 2019. My MPhil dissertation, ‘Catching Shadows: The Exhibition of Intangible Heritage of Oceania in Lisa Reihana’s in Pursuit of Venus [infected]’, was selected as one of 2019’s top dissertations from the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre.

In 2020, I began my PhD research at the Department of Archaeology and the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre. My research focuses on challenging extinction discourse through the repatriation of Indigenous human remains of the Beothuk people of Newfoundland, Canada.

As an archaeology student, I have studied diverse collections at a variety of museums including the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge. As a young museum professional, I have also worked at a number of cultural institutions in my hometown of Toronto, Canada.


The research conducted for my MPhil in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge focused on intangible cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples of Oceania through artist Lisa Reihana’s contemporary filmed artwork, in Pursuit of Venus [infected]. This research ultimately explored the potential of filmmaking itself to be considered a heritage-making process. The research incorporated key interests including the complexity and convergence of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, curator methodology in using new media and artworks in museum exhibitions, and the utmost importance of decolonizing museums.

My current PhD research builds upon the interests explored in my MPhil research, specifically the theme of decolonization. This theme involves a particular interest in the role of heritage concepts and discourses in the repatriation of human remains from a supposedly extinct Indigenous group, the Beothuk. I am also interested in how Indigenous and non-Indigenous regional communities connect with this complex heritage.

Key Publications

Key publications: 

Daly, L. M. (2022). 'Catching Shadows: The Exhibition of Intangible Heritage of Moana Oceania in Lisa Reihana's in Pursuit of Venus [infected]'. Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies 20 (1). pp. 1-17. DOI:

Daly, L. M. (2022). 'Ink is Forever: The Archaeological Impermanence and Cultural Permanence of Tattooing'. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 37 (1), pp. 88-104. URL:

Daly, L. M. (2019). Catching Shadows: The Exhibition of Intangible Heritage of Oceania in Lisa Reihana’s in Pursuit of Venus [infected] (Masters thesis).

Teaching and Supervisions


Teaching Assistant - Graduate Paper G24: Special Topics in Heritage Studies (2021-2022)

Research supervision: 

Supervisor: Dr. Jody Joy

Advisor: Dr. Trish Biers

Other Professional Activities

Student Representative - Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA)

Convenor - Indigenous Studies Discussion Group Research Network (ISDG) | Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH):

Graduate Member - Cambridge Heritage Research Centre (CHRC):

Job Titles

PhD Student in Archaeology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Museum Studies
Heritage Management
Cultural Heritage

Contact Details

lmd61 [at]


Person keywords: 
Intangible cultural heritage
Heritage Studies
Geographical areas: 
Oceania and the Pacific
Periods of interest: 
Other Historical
Other Late Prehistory