Research students

 Researchers in the field

The Archaeology Institute has built a world-renowned reputation for excellence through its postgraduate research programme in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The five core themes are:

  • Scottish Archaeology
  • Monuments, Artefacts and Cultural Identity
  • Landscape and Environment
  • World Heritage Management
  • Archaeology and Sustainability

PhD Research Students

Jasmijn Sybenga is in the second year of her PhD entitled: Seeing the Wood for the Trees. A Palaeological approach into the research of past natural woodland in the Scottish Highlands. Jasmijn’s research is funded by a Forestry Commission Scotland Funded Studentship and UHI.

Magdalena Blanz is in her second year of her PhD researching: Seaweed as Food and Fodder in the North Atlantic Islands: past, present and future opportunities. Magdalena’s research is funded through a European Structural & Investment Fund (ESIF) studentship.

Martha Johnson is in her final year of her PhD research into the Ness of Brodgar. Her research is entitled: The Rocks that Don’t Belong: Macro Petrologic Analysis of Rock Recovered from the Ness of Brodgar Excavations.

Darroch Bratt has recently joined the team and is researching: The Origins and History of Distilling and Whisky Production in the Scottish Highlands and Islands: an historical and archaeological approach.

Alison Keir is researching Coastal Change and Heritage in Northern Scotland.

Jane Thomas has also recently joined the team is jointly researching Salmon consumption, commerce and custom: historical and archaeological evidence for the social, cultural and economic position of salmon in the Scottish Highlands c. 1400-1800. This research is jointly supervised by Dr Jen Harland and Dr David Worthington, UHI Centre for History.

Sandra Henry is researching Prehistoric Seafaring in Scotland and Ireland

MLitt by Research Students

Claire Mackay is researching Marine Mammal Exploitation in Late Iron Age and Medieval Orkney.

Crane Begg is researching Visualisation of the Historic Landscape of the National Scenic Area and World Heritage Area of Orkney utilising LiDAR-derived Surface Modelling and Multi-Spectrum Aerial Photography.

Kevin Kerr is researching Destruction as Foundation: An Archaeological Analysis of the Construction and Decommissioning of Monumental Iron Age Buildings in Orkney


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