One of the biggest misconceptions about archaeology is that you must dig to find the answers. We also gather a lot of data at ground level by engaging with local communities. This unique method enables us to preserve and document stories from people who have lived in areas for generations.
We are currently recording intangible evidence from crofting communities in the remote Inner Hebrides of Scotland, as we support work on connecting 59 islands to the electricity network.
Crofting is a system of landholding where tenants have a duty to maintain the land and put it to purposeful use. By having these conversations, we can learn more about their heritage and how the arrival of power and infrastructure has impacted on their lifestyle.
We also use industry-leading investigation methods to gain a better understanding of human factors in climate change and our collective past. A recent project on the Isle of Lewis provided insights into Prehistoric human activity, deforestation and landscape changes over the past 11,700 years. While working on a substantial Iron Age site in Scotland, I encountered a large Neolithic henge, a circle of timber posts. This evidence provides a snapshot of prehistoric settlements, with no more than a few tell-tale pits and temporary windbreaks providing enough shelter to last a night before continuing with their journey.
My role bridges the gap between academic research for Universities, community groups and large commercial engineering companies. I work with clients from cradle to grave to ensure we protect our shared history in the development process.
I am passionate about studying cultures and recording traditions. This drives me to discover and research information about what makes us human, and how we can learn and shape the world to create a better future for generations to come.
Our early involvement helps to mitigate issues before they arise on projects close to areas of archaeological significance. Discover more on our work here.