Antonia Thomas


  • Orkney College UHI
    East Road,
    KW15 1LX

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Contemporary art and archaeology
Neolithic art in Orkney
Graffiti and mark-making

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Personal profile

Research Expertise

I am the Programme Leader for the MA Contemporary Art and Archaeology, and Lecturer in Archaeology, based at Orkney College. My research explores Art and Archaeology in its broadest sense, from the interpretation of prehistoric visual culture to the intersections between contemporary art practice and the archaeological imagination. My professional background is in heritage and archaeology, with experience spanning community development and heritage-led regeneration, museum curation, commercial archaeological fieldwork, and higher education teaching.  

Research Interests

Contemporary Art & Archaeology; Neolithic Art & Architecture; Rock Art; Markmaking and Graffiti; Discard/Waste Studies; Interdisciplinary Pedagogies; Practice-as-Research; Scotland and the Arctic; Coastal Humanities; Cultural Heritage

PhD Supervision

Helen Garbett (PhD Creative Practice): “The Human-Limpet Project: An art-based investigation into human and limpet entanglements over time” 

Teaching Expertise

I currently teach on the following modules:

Art and Archaeology: Contemporary Theory and Practice (SCQF 11)*

Contemporary Art and Archaeology in Practice (SCQF 11)*

Cultural Heritage Management (SCQF 11)*

Final Project in Contemporary Art and Archaeology (SCQF 11)*

Art and Environment (SCQF 11)

Sustainability Past and Present (SCQF10)

Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands (SCQF10/11)

* = Module Leader

Key Projects

International Network for Contemporary Archaeology in Scotland (INCAScot)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Art and Architecture in Neolithic Orkney: Process, Temporality and Context, University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 11 Feb 2016

Master of Arts, Archaeology and Prehistory, University of Sheffield

Bachelor of Science, Archaeological Science, University of Sheffield

External positions

Editorial Board Member, British Archaeological Reports, Contemporary and Historical Archaeology Series

Oct 2020 → …

Advisory Panel Member, Scotland's Rock Art Project (ScRAP)

Aug 2017 → …

Trustee, Orkney Natural History Society Museum (Stromness Museum)

Dec 2015 → …

Committee Member, Soulisquoy Print Studio, Orkney



  • CC Archaeology
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR


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