About

We are a leading educational charity working to inspire people to discover, explore, care for and enjoy Scotland’s archaeological heritage.

We:

Co-ordinate the Scottish Archaeology Month

A bonanza of events across Scotland

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Advocate for Scotland’s heritage

as one of the few national independent charities

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Run Adopt -a – Monument

to help community groups manage their heritage

the lead body for Aim 4 of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy

which is all about encouraging greater engagement

We also run the amazing Heritage Hero Awards and our journal, Discovery and excavation in Scotland is the “go to” place for finding out what fieldwork has taken place in Scotland each year since.  Learn more about our great work here: https://archaeologyscotland.org.uk/our-work/

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History of Archaeology Scotland – Its Creation

Read about the creation of Archaeology Scotland here.

Trustees/Directors

Trustees are appointed for 3 year terms which can be extended by another 3 year term. They do not have to stand for re-appointment and can stand down after 3 years or at any time before that. The maximum term of office is 6 years. We can have up to 20 Trustees but generally keep it to a max of 14 or fewer The Trustees elect, from among themselves, a President; two Vice-Presidents; a Treasurer and a Secretary to the Board, who need not be the secretary of the company.

Board

  • President: Beverley Ballin Smith 
  • Vice-President: Geoff Waters (also Summer School Director)
  • Vice-President: Eve Boyle 
  • Treasurer: Marilyn Jeffcoat
  • Secretary to Board: Tessa Till 
  • Director: Gordon Wyllie 
  • Director: Peter Yeoman 
  • Director: Sian Jones 
  • Director: Tom Packe 
  • Director: Olwyn Owen
  • Director: Brian Rickwood
  • Director: Alison Sheridan
  • Editorial Sub Group Chair: John Dent 
  • Membership & Events Sub Group Chair: Moira Greig
  • Company Secretary: Eila Macqueen

Tim Neighbour has completed his full term of office but has agreed to stay on as an Adviser. Brian Rickwood is a new co-optee. Summer School Director is an honorary position that has been the remit of Geoff Waters for many years. He is assisted by Alison Reid who volunteers to help run the Summer School.

Staff

Director

Eila Macqueen, MPhil

director@archaeologyscotland.org.uk

Eila joined Archaeology Scotland in March 2004. After graduating from Glasgow University she started a career in museums as a technical assistant at Kelvingrove Art Galleries before moving on to community-based initiatives in Caithness and Sutherland. This post led to a developmental role with Argyll and Bute Council, helping museums from Tighnabruich to Tiree and completing an MPhil with Newcastle University on community engagement in museums. Her last post was with the Northern Ireland Museums Council as Assistant Director where she gained distinction in the part-time Diploma in Management Practice course at the University of Ulster. Eila is a keen hill walker, loves all sorts of music and is a member of the Taoist Tai Chi Society.

Adopt-a-Monument Project Manager

Phil Richardson, BA, MA, ACIfA

p.richardson@archaeologyscotland.org.uk

Phil joined Archaeology Scotland 10 years ago as a Project Manager at Archaeology Scotland and is responsible for our Adopt-a-Monument Scheme and a number of partnership projects. Since taking the post Phil has helped support over 80 Adopt-a-Monument projects and worked with over  a 1000 volunteers. A field archaeologists by training Phil enjoys working outside with the public and volunteers to explore Scotland’s past. Whilst Prehistory is his passion Phil as most recently developed a huge interest in the archaeology of sport.

Profile of Phil Richardson

Development Manager

Dianne Swift

development@archaeologyscotland.org.uk

Dianne firstly joined the board of Archaeology Scotland in 2011 because of her personal interest in archaeology and her experience in charity fundraising. She subsequently retired from the board to become an employee and apply her over 30+ years of experience in fundraising to develop new and improved sources of income. Dianne has a degree in Business Organisation from Heriot Watt University, is a fully certified Member of the Institute of Fundraising and is a trained field archaeology volunteer with many local digs under her belt.

Senior Project Officer

Dr Paul Murtagh BSc (Hons), MLitt, PhD, FSA (Scot), MCIfA

p.murtagh@archaeologyscotland.org.uk

Paul is a Senior Project Officer at Archaeology Scotland. Paul graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2004 and worked in commercial archaeology before returning to the University to complete a Masters in Professional Archaeology in 2007. Paul has worked throughout the UK and the Middle East excavating sites dating from the Mesolithic to the modern period. Paul left the world of commercial archaeology in 2009 to undertake a PhD on the Scottish Iron Age at Durham University. After his PhD Paul briefly worked for Archaeology Scotland between 2014-15 before taking up a role with Northlight Heritage where he was responsible for delivering the archaeology and heritage elements of the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. Between 2017 and 2018 Paul directed the University of Glasgow field school, which focused on Iron Age sites in Lanarkshire. Paul loves all archaeological periods, but his main interests lie in the Scottish Iron Age and in contemporary archaeology, while he is most passionate about working with people that do not normally have access to heritage as well as engaging nontraditional audiences in archaeology.

Paul Murtagh at a dig

Project Officer (DES editor)

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Dr. Jennifer Thoms, MSc, PhD

j.thoms@archaeologyscotland.org.uk

Jennifer has a PhD (University of Edinburgh) and an MSc (University of Sheffield) in environmental archaeology, and has worked in Scottish archaeology since 1988. Jennifer has been involved with Archaeology Scotland since 2008, first as a co-opted Trustee, elected formally in November 2009, then standing down to take up a temporary post as Finance Officer in 2012. She joined the Learning Team as Learning Officer in April 2014, moving to the post of Project Officer (DES editor) in August 2019. Jennifer has experience in the Higher Education sector having been a lecturer at the University of the Highlands and Islands from 2003 to 2007, a fascinating job, in which she learned a lot about educational practice and about how rewarding it is to teach people about Scottish archaeology. When not working, Jennifer enjoys walking, bird-watching, music and theatre. She maintains an active social media presence, both personally and for the learning team (Twitter @as_learn).

Heritage Training Officer

Dr. Rebecca Barclay, PhD

r.barclay@archaeologyscotland.org.uk

Becca joined Archaeology Scotland in October 2016 as maternity cover Project Officer working with the Heritage Hero Awards and Adopt-a-Monument. Becca recently completed her PhD at the University of Stirling, which focused on the palaeoecology and geoarchaeology of Norse farms in Iceland. Her archaeological interests lie primarily in historical human-environment relationships and the study of cultural landscapes. She also has a passion for science and archaeology outreach, believing archaeology, heritage and the natural environment should be accessible to all. Becca runs the Heritage Hero Awards Twitter account. When not at work Becca can be found out and about exploring Scotland’s mountains and coastlines

Image of Rebecca Barclay Coring

Learning Officer

Head shot of Jane Miller

Jane Miller, BA (Hons) j.miller@archaeologyscotland.org.uk Jane joined Archaeology Scotland in October 2019. She studied archaeology at the University of York before going on to work at York Archaeological Trust’s hands-on Archaeological Resource Centre (ARC). This experience inspired a belief that archaeology can engage people at all stages of life and learning – helping to develop key skills, increase wellbeing and bring people and communities together. Jane has a passion for making archaeology accessible to all. She has worked in museum education for Bede’s World, Tyne and Wear Museums and most recently Museums Northumberland where she was Education Officer for the Flodden 500 project. In her spare time Jane is a Young Archaeologists’ Club leader. In the past she has run branches in South Tyneside and York but is currently branch leader for Flodden YAC in the Scottish Borders/Northumberland.

Project Officer, Adopt a Monument

Héléna Gray, MA (Hons), ACIfA

helena@archaeologyscotland.org.uk

Héléna joined Archaeology Scotland as part time project officer for AaM in June 2018, supporting and undertaking delivery of AaM and associated fieldwork engagements projects. She is also involved with developing staff training and AaM in-house guidance documents, and completing AaM and related project reporting and archiving. She had previously worked for AS undertaking freelance project support work since 2016. Also work as Assistant Archaeology Officer part time at East Lothian Council Archaeology Service since 2015.  Héléna is particularly interested in using heritage as a vehicle for positive change in communities and individuals’ lives, facilitating opportunities for outdoor learning and heritage engagement experiences, and providing a platform for helping with employability, community cohesion, sense of place and well-being.

Héléna Gray outdoors with a dog

Project Officer

Kieran Manchip, BA (hons), MLitt

k.manchip@archaeologyscotland.org.uk

Kieran joined Archaeology Scotland as a Project Officer on the Adopt a Monument and Attainment through Archaeology projects in June 2019. Originally from East Kilbride, Kieran completed his undergraduate degree in History and Archaeology at the University of Glasgow in 2016 before going on to complete a Masters in Conflict Archaeology and Heritage at the same university in 2018. His main area of interest is post-medieval Scotland and the landscape archaeology of the Jacobite-era, particularly the military road network pioneered by General George Wade. Kieran has also developed a keen interest in the history and and archaeology of Glasgow, particularly from the 17th to early 20th century. He is also extremely passionate about community archaeology and the positive impact it can have on society. Kieran’s other interests include hill walking and football.

Project Officer/Membership and Office Administrator

Image of Jordyn at heritage site

Jordyn Patrick, BA (Hons), MLitt

For Membership or Admin queries- info@archaeologyscotland.org.uk

For AaM, AtA, or SAM project queries- j.patrick@archaeologyscotland.org.uk 

Jordyn joined Archaeology Scotland in April 2017. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in the autumn of 2017 with her MLitt in Celtic and Viking Archaeology. She is a trained field archaeologist and has worked on a variety of sites from Irish Bronze Age hillforts to 18th century industrial structures. Her research focuses on Pictish carved stones and Early Medieval Scotland. Jordyn handles all membership enquiries, communication, office administration, assists with Summer School administration, and provides support for the director and other teams/projects. As a project officer she assists with Adopt-a-Monument projects, Attainment through Archaeology projects, and Scottish Archaeology Month. She enjoys writing and traveling. When not at work she can be found enjoying local walks or camping with her  husband and their two fluffy German Shepherds.

Public Archaeologist

Doug Rocks-Macqueen

sam@archaeologyscotland.org.uk

Doug is the Coordinator for Scottish Archaeology Month and helps develop Archaeology Scotland’s membership. He has a range of archaeology experience having worked from New Mexico to Belize to Scotland. His work has primarily been public engagement from genetics to supercomputers and of course archaeology. He also does research into the profession of archaeology.

Youth Engagement Officer

Rebecca Boyde

r.boyde@archaeologyscotland.org.uk 

Rebecca joined the Archaeology Scotland staff roster in 2009. In her first role with us, she worked closely with the Council for British Archaeology to support Young Archaeologist Club (YAC) Leaders in Scotland. Rebecca became our Youth Engagement Officer in 2011, including a part-time secondment to Dig It! from 2014 to 2018. She has degrees in archaeology from University of Saskatchewan and University of Bradford. She held her first archaeology field work and lab work roles at University of Saskatchewan. Rebecca is passionate about opening up positive choices for young people through youth engagement practices. She brings youth work-led practices to Archaeology Scotland (including creating the original basis for what became the Heritage Hero Awards). Rebecca coordinates the Heritage Resources Portal, an Archaeology Scotland initiative showcasing the best learning resources on Scotland’s past – chosen by the experts. Rebecca represents Archaeology Scotland Heritage Education Forum and is the Chair (2019-21). A keen Montessorian, Rebecca is currently undertaking training in Montessori teaching methods, with a focus on the secondary education and the application of learning, pedagogy and meta-cognition in the classroom.

Rebecca near ocean

Project Officer, Stobs Camp

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Andrew Jepson, BA (Hons)

a.jepson@archaeologyscotland.org.uk

Andrew (Andy) joined Archaeology Scotland in 2015 to run an educational project focusing on the Jacobites in Stirlingshire. This included managing two archaeological digs at St Ninians Kirk and Dunblane for over 300 children. In the same year he graduated with a First Class Honours degree in History, helped organise the Borders Heritage Festival and ran school workshops at Old Gala House’s Gallipoli exhibition. In 2016 he curated a Celts exhibition for Borders Museums and for Archaeology Scotland he began work on the Stobs Camp Project with the aim of exploring, sharing and commemorating the First World War site near Hawick in the Scottish Borders. He subsequently developed a keen interest in First World War internment camps. Andrew runs the Stobs Camp Twitter account. Andrew’s interest in practical archaeology began in 2011 when he started volunteering for the National Trust for Scotland. In his spare time, he regularly helps the Trust supervise community archaeology digs. In 2017 he became an NTS Thistle Camp Leader. He is passionate about promoting the history, heritage and archaeology of the Scottish Borders.

Membership and Development

David Gilchrist

d.gilchrist@archaeologyscotland.org.uk

David joined the staff of Archaeology Scotland in May 2017 but had previously been working with the organisation at events to sell membership and promote the charity. David brings his wealth of Business Development/Growth experience across the Third/Public and Private sectors to the team. He first became interested in archaeology whilst working in Bahrain as a magazine writer and documenting a restoration project on the Bahrain’s 15th century Portuguese Arad Fort (Qal’at ‘Arad). He is a keen body/boogie board surfer/wild water swimmer and part time harmonica player who lives with his wife and family in the Scottish Borders.

David Gilchrist headshot

Finance Administrator

Lorraine Bertram, MA (Hons), MIAB

l.bertram@archaeologyscotland.org.uk

Lorraine joined Archaeology Scotland in January 2020,  having worked in bookkeeping and payroll for nearly ten years in the retail sector, leisure sector, and within education. She is a member of the International Association of Bookkeepers (MIAB) and completed the Professional Certificate in Accounting with the Open University.  She is currently working her way towards a Business Management (Accounting) degree with the Open University, and doing some accounting technician exams. In her spare time she enjoys walking, touring Scotland, and reading, and is looking forward to volunteering on some Archaeology Scotland projects when she can.

Project Volunteer

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Megan Hynek

m.hynek@archaeologyscotland.org.uk

Megan began volunteering with Archaeology Scotland as a project volunteer in 2018, assisting with Scottish Archaeology Month, social media, outreach, and other projects. She has a BA in archaeology from the University of North Carolina and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh. She has also worked on several excavations including the Huqoq Synagogue in northern Israel and the Vogelherd Caves in the Swabian Alps. Megan has a keen interest in Byzantine archaeology with a focus on identify and art, but when Megan isn’t playing in the dirt, she can be found training for a marathon, trying a new recipe, and traveling.