Organization profile

Organisation profile

Orkney leads research for UHI in three areas, each of which submitted to the REF2014. These areas, Agronomy, Archaeology and Nordic Studies have a particular resonance in an island community with close Nordic ties, superlative archaeological sites and where agriculture has been a core industry for generations.Research activity is also developing in the field of art and textiles and this enthusiasm to explore new horizons characterises the enthusiasm of staff to be at the forefront of their discipline.

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    Anne Bevan

    Person: Academic Research Active

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    Stefan Brink

    Person: Academic Research Active



    Research Output

    Identifying seaweed consumption by sheep using isotope analysis of their bones and teeth: Modern reference δ13C and δ15N values and their archaeological implications

    Mainland, I., Blanz, M., Taggart, M., Richards, M., Balasse, M., Ascough, P., Wolfhagen, J. & Feldmann, J., 30 Jun 2020, In : Journal of Archaeological Science.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Runic Spindle Whorl Recently Found In Orkney

    Ljosland, R., 16 Jan 2020, In : Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies. 9-10, p. 215-230 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Viking and Norse Heritage Tourism in Scotland

    Timoney, S. & Sanmark, A., 16 Jan 2020, 23 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

    Open Access
  • Prizes

    Andante Travel Archaeology Award

    Card, Nick (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Project Award


    Shoormal Conference.

    Antonia Thomas (Chair), & Sarah Jane Gibbon (Chair)

    20 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Shanghai Archaeology Forum

    Nick Card (Invited speaker)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Bolstering Bólstaðir: Norse placenames in Lewis in context

    Donna Heddle (Speaker)

    31 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Press / Media

    Mystic Britain: The monster of Maeshowe

    Ragnhild Ljosland


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    UHI Archaeology Institute Looks Ahead

    Jane Downes, Hugo Anderson-Whymark & Ingrid Mainland


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research


    Kirkwall Township Heritage Initiative Viking Walk

    Ragnhild Ljosland (Participant), Alexandra Sanmark (Participant), Donna Heddle (Participant), Victoria Whitworth (Participant), Crawford Barbara (Participant), Olwyn Owen (Participant), James Barrett (Participant) & Christopher Gee (Participant)

    Impact: Economic Impacts

    The Last Days of Hakon the Old

    Victoria Whitworth (Participant)

    Impact: Cultural Impacts

    Translocation Excavation Project

    Keir Magalie Strickland (Participant)

    Impact: Cultural Impacts

    Student theses

    Today's No Ground to Stand Upon: A Study of the Life and Poetry of George Campbell Hay

    Author: Artymiuk, A., 29 Aug 2019

    Supervisor: Heddle, D. (Supervisor), Riach, A. (Supervisor) & Baker, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)


    Romantic subjectivity: women’s identity in their nineteenth-century travel writing about Scotland

    Author: Beattie-Smith, G., 5 Jun 2017

    Supervisor: Heddle, D. (Supervisor), Fielding, P. (Supervisor) & Lumsden, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)


    How the Vikings inhabited Scotland: a social zooarchaeological approach

    Author: Cooke, S., 18 Dec 2017

    Supervisor: Downes, J. (Supervisor) & MacLeod Rivett, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)