Archaeologists-in-Residence at Papay Gyro Nights: Experience, expectations and folklore-in-the-making

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Since February 2013, we have been archaeologists-in-residence at Papay Gyro Nights, an international contemporary arts festival held annually on the island of Papa Westray, Orkney. In this paper we present some aspects of this work-in-progress and discuss part of this experience. We will be focussing upon two interlinked projects: firstly, our own interactive walking fieldwork which contributes to the festival, and secondly, a collaborative ‘folklore-in-the-making’ project that we have undertaken with an artist-in-residence. This contemporary archaeology has necessitated a new fieldwork methodology as we have developed our own practice as archaeologists within an arts context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-275
Number of pages18
Issue number(2014)
Early online date16 Nov 2013
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2014
EventPapay Gyro Nights Festival 2014 - Papa Westray, Orkney, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Feb 201422 Feb 2014


  • Art and archaeology
  • Papay Gyro Nights
  • Papa Westray


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