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.

Research interests

James' main research interests are in landscape archaeology, geophysical and field survey, and later British Prehistory, principally in Atlantic Scotland. He is particularly interested in the integration of traditional survey techniques, phenomenological and experiential approaches, and artistic practice in recording, interpreting and presenting archaeological landscapes.

Academic responsibilities

Module Leader for :

  • Archaeology Theory and Method (SCQF 7)
  • Landscape Archaeology (SCQF 10)
  • Archaeological and Geophysical Survey (SCQF 11)
  • contributes to a number of other modules including Historic Landscapes (SCQF 7) and Digital Heritage (SCQF 8)

James is also the Exams Officer for the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute.

External responsibilities and memberships

  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
  • Member of the organising committee for Scottish Iron Age Matters (SIAM) seminar

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.symbolsinalandscape.com
  • 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.


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.