Martin Carruthers

Martin has been a lecturer at Orkney College UHI since 2006. Before this Martin worked as a professional field archaeologist for ten years after graduating from his undergraduate degree in archaeology at Glasgow University.

He has worked on and directed a large number of research and developer-funded excavation projects in a diverse range of periods and landscapes in Scotland, Ireland and England. At the same time he studied part-time for an MPhil (by research) and then for a PhD.

Research interests

  • Martin’s main research interests are in the Scottish Late Bronze Age and Iron Age, and in particular, the Scottish Atlantic Iron Age and archaeological theory. He is also very interested in excavation approaches, the concept of ritual in archaeological writing and teaching in archaeology.
  • Martin is writing-up his doctoral thesis, (Looking Beneath the Surface, the subterranean structures of Orkney c.800BC-AD200) which is an investigation of the value of a biographical approach to the enigmatic subterranean structures of the Orcadian Iron Age, the so-called souterrains and wells.

Current Projects

  • The Windwick Bay Field Project

Academic Responsibilities

  • Martin is the Programme Leader for the Masters in Archaeological Practice (MA AP).
  • Professional Practice
  • Theory and Practice
  • Excavation Modules

External responsibilities and memberships

  • Co-chair of the Iron Age panel for the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework
  • Member of the organising committee for Scottish Iron Age Matters.

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