Rousay, Orkney: Gateway to the Atlantic


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Parent Project Title:Orkney: Gateway to the Atlantic

Project Details

Title:Rousay, Orkney: Gateway to the Atlantic
Permalink:http://www.nabohome.org/cgi-bin/explore.pl?seq=141
Abstract:This project forms part of the Orkney Gateway to the Atlantic project. The core aim of this research initiative is to inform on sustainability and reliance strategies in the past, investigating how people (and society) reacted and adapted to climatic and environmental change over time. Due to the northerly position of Orkney, the islands have shorter growing seasons and a degree of marginality, which offers a remarkable opportunity to study the long-term effects of climate change and how people survived and adapted, from the first farmers over 5,000 years ago through to the clearances in the 19th century. As well as adaptation and sustainability, this long time frame provides the potential to study cultural changes as a result of contact and trade.

This research initiative is linked to a wider research agenda investigating these themes across the North Atlantic by fellow researchers within the North Atlantic Biocultural Organisation (NABO).

The field school was designed as a research programme. The majority of sites targeted for study are coastal as Orkney has a serious and growing problem of rising sea level and coastal erosion. The two main sites examined so far are both suffering from the effects of coastal erosion. These are the broch mound at Brough or South Howe, and the Knowe of Swandro. Both sites have enormous research potential, providing important archaeological and scientific data that might be used to study how people in the past confronted the marginality of these northern islands and how this changed over time with fluctuating environmental/climatic parameters.

Keywords:sustainability, reliance, multiperiod, coastal erosion
Sponsors/Funders: University of Broadford
Orkney College (UHI)
CUNY
Orkney Islands Council
Country:Scotland
Region:Orkney
Project Start Year:2009
Projected End Year:2020

Account Owner

Contact: Stephen Dockrill
Institution: University of Bradford
Postal Address: Archaeological Sciences

Post Code: BD7 1DP
Website: http://www.brad.ac.uk/AGES/Research/index.php/Staff/MrSteveDockrill?list=AGES.Staff
Email: s.j.dockrill@bradford.ac.uk

Project Collaborators

Name: Julie Bond
Institution: Archaeological, Geographical and Environmental Sciences, University of Bradford
Address: Bradford, West Yorkshire
Postcode: BD7 1DP
Country: UK
Phone: + 44 (0)1274 233534
Email: J.M.Bond@Bradford.ac.uk
 
Name: Jane Downes
Institution: Orkney College
Address: Orkney College UHI Kirkwall Orkney
Postcode: KW15 1LX
Country: United Kingdom
Email: jane.downes@orkney.uhi.ac.uk
 
Name: Julie Gibson
Institution: Orkney College
Address: Orkney College UHI Kirkwall Orkney
Postcode: KW15 1LX
 
Name: Ingrid Mainland
Institution: Orkney College
Address: Orkney College Kirkwall Orkney
Postcode: KW15 1LX
Country: United Kingdom
Email: ingrid.mainland@orkney.uhi.ac.uk
 
Name: Sophia Perdikaris
Institution: Brooklyn College, HERC and the CUNY Graduate Center
Address: Dept. of Anthropology and Archaeology, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
Postcode: NY 11210
Country: USA
Phone: + 1(718) 951-4192
Email: sophiap@brooklyn.cuny.edu
 

Project Content

icon Orkneyjar: Rousay 2010 Fieldschool (Coastal erosion helping fill in the historical gaps)
The Orkneyjar website has details of the 2010 Rousay fieldschool, as well as other archaeological activity on Orkney.


icon Rousay, Orkney: Nabo Fieldschool
NABO webpages about the Rousay Fieldschool.


icon Digging for Britain: The Orkney Gateway to the Atlantic project
The Digging for Britain website has details on Rousay project. Details on this and other British archaeological projects, including videos can be found here.


icon Digging for Britain YouTube Channel
Video diaries on archaeological excavations at the Rousay fieldschool and other digs in the UK can be found on the 360 Production website.




Project extent

North East Coordinates: 59.82273°N, 1.66992°W
South West Coordinates: 58.35563°N, 4.74609°W