New Case Studies

Have you read ScARF’s newest case studies?

Our Archaeological Science framework has been expanding recently, including two new case studies on The Medieval Bishops of Whithorn and Dietary Isotope Analysis at Portmahomack which are now available on the ScARF website. Both were written for us by Dr Shirley Curtis-Summers and are the first new science case studies to be added as part of our ongoing project to update the national Archaeological Science Research Framework. 

General view of Whithorn Priory from south-east ©HES

Two case studies written by our Early Career Researchers explore Post-medieval upland features in Glencoe, as well as the material evidence of Conversion to Christianity in the Northern and Western Isles.

In 2021, Eddie and Scott received ScARF Covid-19 bursaries to support fieldwork contributing to their PhDs. As part of Eddie’s research, a series of post-medieval upland features in Gleann Leac-na-Muidhe, Glencoe were surveyed and excavated. Eddie’s research aims to explore the relationship between shieling practice and other upland seasonal industries in the post-medieval Highlands and Islands and aims to re-evaluate interpretations and narratives around these landscapes. His research will involve a series of case studies across upland Scotland utilising archival research, walkover survey and excavation.

The landscape of Gleann Leac-na-Muidhe ©Eddie Stewart

Scott’s research aims to make a comparative study of material culture of Christian conversion in the Western and Northern Isles of Scotland. He was able to visit 21 Orcadian sites in three weeks, surveying and recording sites in their landscape as well as noting experiential data such as sounds and impressions of the landscape, producing a huge amount of raw data to form the basis for his research in the coming year.

St Magnus’ Church, Egilsay ©Scott McCreadie

If you would like to contribute a case study or enquire about our Early Career Research opportunities, please get in touch

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