Stephen Worth


‘Sustainability upon the margins: The fate of small farms on the Grampian Mountains during the Agricultural Improvements of the 18th and 19th Centuries’.

Supervised by Dr Iain Robertson, Dr Scott Timpany and Dr Mary MacLeod (Historic Environment Scotland).

Steve is a Carnegie funded cross discipline doctoral student with the University of the Highland and Islands’ Centre for History and the Institute for Archaeology. Using a combination of archaeological investigation with archival and historical research, he is studying the fate of small farms that developed on marginal land during the 18th and 19th centuries as a replacement for the traditional communal farming practices. His research explores the biography of several farms within the Grampian region, including social, landscape and architectural development, and how they functioned within overall estate management.

After a career in the RAF, Steve followed a lifelong passion for history and heritage to become an archaeologist with a specific interest in historical-archaeology. In addition, Steve is a keen photographer, with a particular interest in landscape and historic buildings.

Steve Worth at ruined cottage