Working Stone, Making Communities – Technology and Identity in Prehistoric Orkney.

Mark Edmonds, Hugo Anderson-Whymark, Ann Clarke, Antonia Thomas

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Working Stone, Making Communities took as its focus the prehistoric and ethnographic stone tools of Orkney. The basic aim was to determine, as comprehensively as possible, the history and composition of relevant assem-
blages from across the region. We were also committed to communicating the results of our work to professional/specialist and wider audiences, using online media to promote new forms of engagement with the material. This was a stand-alone research project, supported by a three-year grant (2013–2016)
from The Leverhulme Trust. It was directed by Mark Edmonds with three contracted staff: Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark (Curator of Prehistory at National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh) for three years; Ann Clarke (freelance lithic specialist) and Dr Antonia Thomas (Programme Leader for the MA
Contemporary Art and Archaeology at the University of the Highlands and Islands) for 1.5 years each. Additional support in the design of the website was provided on a consultancy basis by Pat Gibbs. The project had no official partners but involved close collaboration with curatorial staff at the Orkney Museum, Stromness Museum, the Pier Arts Centre and National Museums Scotland, and with individual owners/custodians of artefacts of interest.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunicating Archaeology
Subtitle of host publication Case studies in the use of, and engagement with, archaeological collections.
EditorsGayle Boyle, Jenni Butterworth
PublisherSociety for Museum Archaeology
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • Orkney
  • Archaeology
  • Prehistoric Artefacts
  • Museum Studies


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