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Out of the Round: A palaeoecological investigation into human-environmental interactions of hut circle communities at Gairloch, Wester Ross

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, August 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

An MRes Archaeology

The area of Gairloch, Wester Ross in the north-west Highlands of Scotland has been the subject of recent archaeological survey by the WeDigs community archaeology group. The survey identified a number of prehistoric hut circles (roundhouses) in the area, which radiocarbon dates have shown were occupied during the Bronze and Iron Ages. However, little is currently known on how the people who lived in these structures interacted with their local environment, for example what agricultural methods did they employ (pastoral and/or arable), what woodland resources were available (for construction and fuel), what environmental impact did they have through processes such as metalworking? In order to answer these questions this project will seek to investigate the human-environmental interaction of the hut circle communities through the application of pollen, non-pollen palynomorph (e.g. fungal spores) and microscopic charcoal analyses, together with geochemical analysis.

Training will be provided to the student in all of these techniques, which will take place at the universities of the Highlands & Islands and Aberdeen. As part of the project, the student would be expected to liaise with the WeDigs community archaeology group to inform of research progress and results.

Some previous experience in pollen analysis is desirable but not essential. Applicants should be able to display knowledge of Scottish archaeology and Holocene environmental change, and will be expected to work both independently and with a supervisory team. Applicants should be enthusiastic with the aim of contributing to the expanding research environment within the Archaeology Institute UHI.

Project supervisors

The student will be supervised by:
Dr Scott Timpany – University of the Highlands and Islands (https://pure.uhi.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/scott-timpany(29cbc0dc-3afe-4505-bdb8-c2d1910f697e).html)
Dr Tim Mighall – University of Aberdeen (https://www.abdn.ac.uk/geosciences/people/profiles/t.mighall)

Deadline for applications

Friday 30th August 2019, mid-day BST; Candidates may be interviewed by Skype, VC or telephone.

Mode of Study

Available as Full-time (12 month) or Part-time (24 months) study

Location of study
This project will be based from Archaeology Institute UHI, Orkney.

Why study at UHI?

Spread across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, our distinctive partnership of 13 independent colleges and research institutions is locally based and rooted in communities, but with national and international reach and significance.

Our innovative approach to learning and distinctive research are enriched and inspired by the people, natural environment, economy, culture and heritage of the Highlands and Islands.

Over 69% of the research we submitted for assessment to the UK-wide 2014 Research Excellence Framework achieved the two top grades: world leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*), and situated the university as one of the UK’s leading modern universities, and with an excellent environment for PhD level study.

Our students are exposed to cutting-edge thinking and work alongside world-class researchers. You will be part of a growing postgraduate research student community, guided by subject experts, building knowledge and skills, in a supportive and collaborative research environment. In the most recent Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) we scored 89% student satisfaction rating relating to their experience on their research degree programme – this score is 7% above the Scottish and UK sector average and represents one of the best scores in the UK.

Contact

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How to apply]]
Application information can be found here: https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/research-enterprise/grad-school/studentships/out-of-the-round/

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