Iron Age Research The Cairns Zooarchaeology

Ancient DNA study at The Cairns lands massive whale tale

Dr Antonia Thomas is a lecturer in archaeology at the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute based in Orkney, Scotland. Antonia’s work focuses on art and archaeology in its broadest sense – from the interpretation of prehistoric art, to the intersections between contemporary art practice and the archaeological imagination.

Iron Age Research Zooarchaeology

Extracting DNA from The Cairns and Minehowe whalebone collections

This week, Brenna Frasier from Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia and Vicki Szabo from Western Carolina University joined Dr Ingrid Mainland and Martin Carruthers at the UHI Archaeology Institute to examine the collection of whalebone artefacts recovered from The Cairns and Minehowe excavations, Orkney.

North Ronaldsay Sheep
Iron Age Research Viking/Norse Zooarchaeology

‘They graze on wave and ocean plants’ – research into foddering strategies in island environments

Dr Ingrid Mainland and Dr Philippa Ascough, Lecturer & Head NERC Radiocarbon Facility (East Kilbride) talk about their research into foddering strategies in island environments: pig, sheep, goat and cattle diet in Late Iron Age to Viking/Late Norse Orkney.