The next UHI Archaeology Institute research seminar takes place on Friday, June 25, and focuses on prehistoric animal husbandry, particularly how sheep in Orkney adapted to a diet of seaweed.
Analysis of Neolithic fingerprints from the Ness of Brodgar has revealed details of two individuals who left their mark on a clay pot 5,000 years ago.
A project exploring the past, present and future of energy production and its role in shaping the identity of islands communities has been relaunched and is looking for anyone interested in delving into Orkney’s energy heritage.
A part of the LIFTE volunteer research programme, Lesley Joyce was tasked with examining old maps of Orkney in the hunt for clues relating to early trade in the islands. Here she outlines one of the highlights of her search.
Dr Antonia Thomas, a lecturer and researcher at the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute updated the Orkney Archaeology Society (OAS) on the St Magnus Cathedral Graffiti Project last month, and the video is now available.
Earlier this month, the LIFTE Project’s volunteer research programme came to an end after eight very busy weeks for all its participants, both its co-ordinators Sarah Jane Gibbon, Anne Mitchell, Julie Gibson, Wanda Machin, Sigurd Towrie and Jen Harland, and the many volunteers who took part.
In the Orkney Archives’ Traill Dennison collection (D14) there are many documents of interest to the LIFTE project and Orkney’s trading history, primarily of the 17th and 18th Centuries. One of these documents, in folder D14/10/3, is a supplication to Kirkwall’s magistrates, from Alexander Geddes.
Fascinating details are emerging from the numerous historical sources that LIFTE research programme volunteers are investigating as part of the overall picture of trade in Orkney.
Here Synnøve Marie Kvam Strømsvåg highlights three interesting snippets from Anton Espeland’s 1921 publication, The Scots in Hordaland and Rogaland, from year 1500-1800.
The Archaeology Department at the University of Aberdeen is offering a fully funded PhD position in heritage studies and archaeopolitics. The project is situated within the growing interdisciplinary research direction of “the politics of the past”.
‘St Magnus Houp’ – can you help our research team track down this elusive placename? #thinkuhi #research #orkney
The trading links between Scotland and Flanders is the subject of a documentary on BBC Radio Scotland on Friday morning, April 2.
The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute is looking for volunteers interested in a new project researching early trade in Orkney.