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Dan Lee

Lifelong Learning and Outreach Archaeologist

Dan’s career in archaeology spans over 15 years starting with a First Class Honours degree in Archaeological Science from the University of Sheffield finishing in 2000. He worked in commercial archaeology throughout the UK until completing an MA in Archaeological Practice with distinction from Orkney College UHI in 2008. Since then he has worked for ORCA and been a teaching officer for the archaeology department. His professional experience includes a wide range of developer-funded, research, post-excavation and community projects with sites dating from the Mesolithic to post-medieval industrial archaeology and building survey. Several recent projects are currently being prepared for publication.

His present post at Orkney College also involves teaching field practice and running workshops on the MSc Archaeological Practice and MLITT Archaeology courses. A three year community training project (2009-2011), including excavation, survey and post-excavation, funded by the Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership Scheme formed part of the Hoy and South Walls Landscape Project. Dan presented a paper at CHAT 2010 at the University of Aberdeen and has given numerous talks to local groups and societies.

Research Interests

Dan has research interests in landscape archaeology, archaeological practice particularly in fieldwork and survey, the prehistory of the Northern Isles, folklore and archaeologies of the recent past. His current research projects have focused on the interplay between prehistoric and more recent inhabitations of the landscape.

Current/Recent Projects

  • Hoy and South Walls Landscape Project, Orkney (2006- present): Survey and excavation of the multi-period landscapes at Cantick and Braebuster.
  • Community training in excavation, survey and post-excavation (2009-2011): three year training programme funded by the Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership Scheme and run as part of the Hoy and South Walls Landscape Project.
  • Braes of Ha’Breck, Wyre, Orkney (2007- present): excavation of an early Neolithic settlement with Antonia Thomas (UHI).
  • Links House Farm, Stronsay, Orkney (2008-2009): excavation of a Mesolithic settlement with Naomi Woodward (University of Aberdeen).

Academic Responsibilities

Dan teaches on the excavation modules for the MSc and MLITT courses and runs a number of workshops throughout the year.

Excavation I and II: SCQF 11

Workshops: Adobe Illustrator, AutoCAD, Post-excavation

Recent Publications

Farrell M, Bunting MJ, Lee DHJ and Thomas AS in press. ‘Neolithic settlement at the woodland’s edge: palynological data and timber architecture in Orkney, Scotland’. Journal of Archaeological Science.

Lee DHJ forthcoming. ‘Northern worldviews in post-medieval Orkney: towards a more holistic approach to later landscapes’. Journal of Historical Archaeology.

Contact Details

Tel: 01856 569344