I am an archaeologist based in Orkney and I undertake a wide range of research, commercial and community projects for the Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA) and the Archaeology Department, Orkney College, University of the Highlands and Islands. My own research takes techniques and theories from landscape archaeology, such as surface survey and multi-temporal mapping, and applies them creatively to contemporary environments. This allows an exploration of folklore and the intangible aspects of heritage through deep mapping and process-led practice.
Being archaeologist-in-residence at Papay Gyro Nights (2013-14) has allowed the development of these ideas within an arts context and a contemporary, rural landscape. I’m particularly interested in creatively exploring an archaeology of now, of events and processes through mapping, walking and collaboration.