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Academic Qualifications

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

PhD in Archaeology from the Univeristy of the Highlands and Islands/Open University

Teaching expertise

I started teaching at the UHI in the latter stages of my doctoral research in 2004. I taught modules for Tourism and Culture Studies before joining Archaeology in 2008. I am a part-time lecturer and I mainly teach on our Masters programmes. I am module leader for Dissertation,  Early Medieval Archaeology of Scotland and From the Vikings to VE Day: the archaeology of Scottish medieval and later society. In addition, I contribute to the teaching of Research and Dissertation Skills and the undergraduate module Historic Landscapes.

Research expertise

My research focuses on landscapes of religion and power in the joint Orkney and Caithness Earldoms. My theses and subsequent research have looked into castles and high status buildings, parochial organisation and pilgrimage. Another of my research strands is the history of traditional song with specific reference to the journeys of songs within the Orcadian diaspora.

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Projects 2015 2018

YAARP: Yesnaby Art & Archaeology Research Project

Moore, J., Hammond, R. & Gibbon, S. J.

20/07/15 → …

Project: Research

Mapping Magnus

Gibbon, S. J. & Lee, D.


Project: Research

Research Output 1999 2019

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Storyways: Visualising Saintly Impact in a North Atlantic Maritime Landscape

Gibbon, S. J. & Moore, J., 30 Jul 2019, In : Open Archaeology. 5, 1, p. 235-262 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

Open Access
international recognition

Mapping Magnus: Research, training and community

Lee, D. & Gibbon, S. J., Dec 2018, In : Orkney Archaeology Review. 3, p. 66-78 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


'With a good boat under me': St Magnus and the Ladykirk Stone

Gibbon, S. J., 4 Sep 2018, In : New Orkney Antiquarian Journal. 8, p. 17-23 7 p., 2.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Patron Saint

A Survey of Norse Castles in Orkney

Gibbon, S. J., 1 Aug 2017, Castles and Galleys: A reassessment of the historic galley-castles of the Norse-Gaelic seaways. Martin, P. (ed.). Laxay: Islands Book Trust, p. 226-248 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

12th Century

Activities 2013 2019

The Shetland SIRFA Symposium

Sarah Jane Gibbon (Chair)
22 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Rousay Archaeology Day

Sarah Jane Gibbon (Speaker), Jen Harland (Speaker), Ingrid Mainland (Speaker), Daniel Lee (Speaker), Sarah Jane Gibbon (Organiser), Daniel Lee (Organiser), Jen Harland (Organiser), Ingrid Mainland (Organiser)
5 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Medieval Christianity in Orkney

Sarah Jane Gibbon (Speaker)
8 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

KTHI Archive Training Day

Sarah Jane Gibbon (Speaker), Daniel Lee (Organiser)
4 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Orkney Heritage Society Annual Eynhallow Trip

Sarah Jane Gibbon (Speaker), James Moore (Speaker)
16 Jul 2019

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

Press / Media

More of Ancient Kirkwall Revealed by Town Improvements

Sarah Jane Gibbon


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Oral History Project for Orkney’s North Isles

Sarah Jane Gibbon


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

The isle you can visit one day a year

Sarah Jane Gibbon


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research


The Origins and Early Development of the Parochial System in the Orkney Earldom

Author: Gibbon, S. J., 9 Aug 2006

Supervisor: Lamb, R. (Supervisor), Crawford, B. (Supervisor) & Downes, J. (Supervisor)

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