Dr James Moore


James MooreAfter graduating from the University of Southampton with a BA Honours degree in Archaeology, James worked as a field archaeologist and geophysical surveyor on a range of developer-funded and research projects in Britain, Italy and Spain. He moved to Orkney in 2004 initially as an archaeological geophysicist and took on his present role in 2006. James completed his PhD in ‘Landscape and Society in Orkney during the First Millennium BC’ at the University of the Highlands & Islands in 2014.


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Research interests

I am a landscape archaeologist, with interests and expertise in field survey, geophysical techniques, and mapping. I have a particular interest in the relationships between traditional survey methods, experiential approaches, and artistic practice in recording, interpreting, and presenting archaeological landscapes. My previous work has concentrated mostly on exploring the relationships between people and the worlds in which they lived in later British prehistory and the medieval period, principally in Atlantic Scotland, but landscapes are inherently multiperiod, and I’m interested in landscapes of all shapes, sizes, and age.

Academic responsibilities

  • Programme Leader for MSc Archaeological Practice
  • Module leader for Scottish Archaeology (SCQF 8), Landscape Archaeology (SCQF 10), and Archaeological & Geophysical Survey (SQCF11)
  • Exams Officer for UHI Archaeology Institute

External responsibilities and memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists

Current/recent projects

  • Yesnaby Art & Archaeology Research Project 2015 – ongoing. Supported by Orkney Islands Council – Culture Fund, and Orkney Archaeology Society. A collaborative art and archaeology project with Rik Hammond and Dr Sarah Jane Gibbon. www.yaarp.org.uk
  • Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site Geophysical Survey (2002-2014) (supported by Orkney Islands Council and Historic Scotland) in collaboration with Dr Jane Downes, Nick Card, Amanda Brend (UHI), Mary Saunders (University of Bradford), Dave Cowley (RCAHMS) and William Thomson.
  • Symbols in a Landscape (2011-12) Contributed to work undertaken by Rik Hammond (Orkney World Heritage Site Artist in Residence). A collaborative project between Historic Scotland, the Archaeology Department of Orkney College UHI and the Pier Arts Centre, this concluded with an exhibition at The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness (18th February – 17th March 2012) www.facebook.com/symbolsinalandscape
  • The Eynhallow Landscape Project (2007) Supported by the Hunter Archaeological & Historical Trust, Orkney Archaeological Trust and The Viking Society for Northern Research with Antonia Thomas.


Moore, J. & Gibbon S.J. (2021) They are preserved forever: Visualising the Memorialisation of Archipelagic Religious and Community Identities. Religions 12 https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/12/11/999

Brend, A. Card, N. Downes, J, Edmonds, M. & Moore, J. (2020) Landscapes Revealed: Remote Sensing in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site. Oxford: Windgather Press

Gibbon, S.J. & Moore, J. (2019) Storyways: visualising saintly impact in a North Atlantic Maritime Landscape. Open Archaeology 5, 235-262. Doi:10.1515/opar-2019-0016

Barrett, J.H., Farr, L.R. Redhouse, D., Richer, S., Zimmermann, J., Sharpe, L., Ovenden, S., Moore, J., Poller, T., Milek, K.B., Simpson, I.A., Smith, M., Gourley, B., & O’Connor, T. (2012) ‘Quoygrew and its landscape context’ in J.H. Barret (ed.) Being an Islander: Production and Identity at Quoygrew, Orkney, AD 900-1600 (McDonald Institute Monographs) Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. p.25-46.