Archaeology Institute

Organisational unit: Research Institute

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Contact information

Orkney College UHI
East Road,
KW15 1LX
United Kingdom
  • Phone: +44 (0)1856 569 213

Organisation profile

The Institute is unique within Scotland, in that it combines teaching, academic research, and commercial applied research and consultancy. The commercial arm of the institute, ORCA and ORCA Marine, provide professional archaeological and heritage services to Northern Scotland - providing everything from archaeological excavations and evaluations, through to heritage consultancy services, marine archaeological investigations and geophysical survey. This unique partnership sees the Institute’s academic staff working alongside the ORCA and ORCA Marine staff with regards to teaching and research, providing our students with an unparalleled experience of practical and applied archaeology, as well as facilitating world class archaeological research in both Northern Scotland and the wider world.

The Highlands and Islands has particularly rich and diverse archaeological heritage - from Neolithic stone-built settlements, tombs and stone circles, to Iron Age brochs, Pictish and Viking settlements and burials, historical archaeology such as the clearances to remains from the First and Second World Wars - situated in landscapes which are distinctive and often fragile.

However, although the Institute carries out internationally significant research within the Highlands and Islands region, we also work much farther afield – with current research projects ongoing in Easter Island, Nepal and Tanzania.

  1. The Men in Maeshowe: Why did they break in?

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

  2. Orkney Heritage Society Annual Eynhallow Trip

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

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Prizes (5)

  1. Recognition

    Prize: Other distinction

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Frequent Journals

  1. Journal of Archaeological Science

    ISSNs: 0305-4403

    Academic Press Inc.

    Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.35 SJR 1.717 SNIP 1.836


  2. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society

    ISSNs: 0079-497X

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 2050-2729


  3. Current Archaeology

    ISSNs: 0011-3212


  4. Past

    ISSNs: 0079-497x


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