Dan Lee


Lifelong Learning and Outreach Archaeologist

Dan Lee

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 at the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute in 2008. Since then he has worked for ORCA as a Project Officer (commercial, research and community projects) and a Teaching Officer for the archaeology department. Dan completed a three-year community training project (2009-2011) with his Hoy and South Walls Landscape Project, funded by the Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership Scheme (HLF).

Since 2015, Dan has held the new post of Lifelong Learning and Outreach Archaeologist with the Archaeology Institute and is responsible for developing, implementing and managing community archaeology projects in the Highlands and Islands region. Dan also teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate modules, develops short courses and works with numerous community stakeholder groups and local schools. The post also involves developing and managing the Archaeology Institute volunteer and work placement programme. Key achievements have been to engage new groups, such as youth and schools, in archaeology and develop social media outreach.

Dan is research active in Landscape Archaeology, Contemporary Archaeology, Art/Archaeology and experimental creative practice in archaeology. This includes a number of residencies, collaborative/independent projects and workshops, and also conference attendance, conference speaking and publication output.

Research Interests

Landscape Archaeology, Contemporary Archaeology, experimental mapping, Creative Archaeology, interdisciplinary collaboration, community archaeology, British prehistory, survey and mapping.

Current/Recent Projects

  • Staffin, Skye (2015 – present). Excavation, outreach. Client: Staffin Community Trust (Funding: Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher, Highland Council)
  • Orkney World Heritage Site Field Walking Project (2016-17). Outreach. Client: Orkney Archaeology Society (Funding: Heritage Lottery Fund)
  • Birsay Magnus 900 pilot project (2016). Building survey, 3D models, outreach Client: Birsay Heritage Trust (Funding: Orkney Islands Council)
  • Kirkwall THI Archaeology Programme (2016-2017). Excavation, survey, outreach, schools. Client: Orkney Islands Council (funding Heritage Lottery Fund)
  • Orkney World Heritage Site community map (2016). Community map of Heart of Neolithic Orkney World heritage Site. Client: HES (funding HES). Download: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/archives-and-research/publications/publication/?publicationId=023728f8-6240-4a06-a4fd-a6270090b2f1
  • Rousay Landscapes of Change. (2015 – present) Excavation, survey, outreach. (Funding: Being Human Festival; Orkney Islands Council)
  • Braes of Ha’Breck, Wyre, Orkney (2007- present): excavation of an early Neolithic settlement with Dr. Antonia Thomas. Final Reports in progress (Funding: Orkney Islands Council, Orkney Archaeology Society).
  • Links House Farm, Stronsay, Orkney (2008-2009): excavation of a Mesolithic settlement. Publication in prep (Funding: Historic Environment Scotland).
  • New Short Courses: Introduction to Archaeology evening class (2016); Field Archaeology short course (2017).

Current Teaching Responsibilities

  • MSc (Practical Archaeology and Excavation Modules)
  • Art and Archaeology: Contemporary Theory and Practice Module (Mapping workshop)

Residencies, Collaborative and Independent Work

  • Flow Country: collaborative project with Jasper Coppes (NL), 16mm short film (2016)
  • Map Orkney Month: Participatory mapping project, Orkney and elsewhere (2015)
  • The Characters: collaboration with photographer Tonje Birkeland (NO) (2014-2017)
  • Archaeologist in Residence, Papay Gyro Nights art festival, Papa Westray Orkney (2013-14)
  • Test Trenches: collaborative project, residency in Pier Arts Centre, workshops (2010-11)


Click through to Dan's UHI Pure profile for more details on conferences and articles https://pure.uhi.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/daniel-lee(e87bb645-6985-4d30-a12f-9450874945d5).html

Selected Publications

  • Lee DHJ 2016. Map Orkney Month: Imagining archaeological mappings. Livingmaps Review Vol 1, No 1. http://www.livingmaps.review/journal/index.php/LMR
  • Lee DHJ, Thomas A 2015. Walking (in)visible lines: archaeologies in between. Flettverk 2 (SCENE):4-13. http://tidsskriftet-flettverk.no/INNHOLD.html
  • Lee DHJ 2015. Northern worldviews in post-medieval Orkney: toward a more holistic approach to later landscapes. Historical Archaeology 49(3):126-148.
  • Farrell M, Bunting MJ, Lee DHJ, Thomas A, 2014. Neolithic settlement at the woodland’s edge: palynological data and timber architecture in Orkney, Scotland. Journal of Archaeological Science 51: 225-236.
  • Lee DHJ & Thomas A 2012. Orkney’s First Farmers: Early Neolithic Settlement on Wyre. Current Archaeology, Issue 268, 12-19.

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