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Dr Mary A MacLeod Rivett

Inspired by archaeology in her early childhood in the city of York, Mary completed an undergraduate degree in Archaeology & Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, succeeded by a master’s degree at the University of York, while digging on research and rescue excavations of all periods in Britain, Europe and Africa. Gradually working her way north, she spent 6 years living and excavating in Sweden, at the same time studying for a PhD at the University of Glasgow. She fulfilled a life-long ambition to return to her family origins in the Outer Hebrides when she became Regional Archaeologist for the Western Isles in 1998.
After one too many planning application consultations, Mary joined Lews Castle College UHI part-time in 2009, as a specialist in the Viking and later archaeology of the North Atlantic. In her non-UHI time, she works on archaeological research, commercial contracts, as a specialist tourist guide, and as a crofter.  In what spare time remains, she does textile work, builds dry-stone walls, plays the piano, reads too many novels, and cooks a lot of food for her family.

Research Interests

Island societies.
Sustainability on the margins
Scandinavian settlement and trade in the North Atlantic
Identity in times of change

Current and Recent Projects

Barabhas Machair Project, supported by Historic Scotland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, National Museums of Scotland, Comunn Eachdraidh Bharabhas agus Bhru, in collaboration with Mr Trevor Cowie (National Museums of Scotland)
The Gearrannan Project, supported by Lews Castle College UHI, Garenin Grazings Committee, Comunn Eachdraidh Charlabhagh, The Strathmartine Fund
The STAC Project, supported by Historic Scotland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, The Russell Trust, SCAPE, in collaboration with Ian McHardy, Dr Chris Barrowman
The Hebrides Archaeological Interpretation Programme (HAIP), supported by the European Union (Highlands and Islands Special Transitional Programme), Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Academic Responsibilities

  • Vikings and Norse in the North Atlantic (SCQF 11)
  • Viking and Norse Archaeology in the North Atlantic (SCQF 10)
  • Historical Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands (SCQF 9)
  • Archaeology & Local Studies (SCQF 7)

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

M. MacLeod Rivett, forthcoming 2015 ‘Gall or Gaidheil: 13th Century identities in the Outer Hebrides’ Proceedings of the 17th Viking Congress, Lerwick

J. Raven & M. MacLeod Rivett, forthcoming 2015 ‘morentur in Domino libere et in pace: cultural identity and the remembered past in the mediaeval Outer Isles’ in Gardening Time: Reflections on Memory, Monuments and History in Sardinia and Scotland, Cambridge

T.Cowie & M. MacLeod Rivett, forthcoming 2015, ‘Barabhas Machair, A Landscape through Time’ in Journal of the North Atlantic

M. MacLeod Rivett, 2013, ‘The Viking/Norse Landscape’, ‘The Mediaeval and Modern Landscape’, chapter in The Viking Unst Project, Shetland Amenity Trust

M. MacLeod Rivett 2012 Investigating Archaeology SCQF 6 unit

T. Cowie & M. MacLeod Rivett 2010 Barabhas 3: Data Structure Report A Bronze Age settlement at Barvas (Barabhas) Machair, Isle of Lewis, DSR for Historic Scotland

T. Cowie & M. MacLeod Rivett 2010 Barabhas 1: Data Structure Report A Norse/Medieval settlement at Barvas (Barabhas) Machair, Isle of Lewis, DSR for Historic Scotland

T. Cowie & M. MacLeod Rivett 2010 Barabhas 2: Data Structure Report A Norse/Medieval settlement at Barvas (Barabhas) Machair, Isle of Lewis, DSR for Historic Scotland

M. MacLeod, 2009, 'Scottish Odysseys: a review' Scottish Archaeological Journal vol. 31, 143-44

I. MacHardy, C. Barrowman & M. MacLeod, 2009, STAC: The Severe Terrain Archaeological Campaign  Scottish Archaeological Internet Report 36, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Edinburgh

External Appointments

Member, Scottish Archaeological Finds Allocation Panel
Trustee, SCAPE (Scottish Coastal Archaeology & the Problem of Erosion) Trust


Contact

Email: Mary.MacLeod@uhi.ac.uk
Phone number: +44 (0)1851 770466