5.4.5 Writing the history of archaeology in Argyll

Finally, it would be of considerable value to have a systematic study and interpretation of the history of archaeological research in Argyll. Our impression is that this is important to the history of archaeological thought in general in the late 19th and early 20th century. Why were the tiny islands of Oronsay, Coll and Tiree so attractive to the likes of A. Henderson Bishop and William Galloway? What were their intellectual networks? This project would also help recognise the contribution of amateur collectors such as George Holleyman, stationed on Tiree during the war, and indeed those who continue to contribute to archaeological knowledge today.