Current Research Postgraduates
Dr Rosie Bishop
(email at email@example.com)
My main research interest is the changing nature of the relationship between humans, plants and their environment during the transition to farming in North-West Europe and the environmental consequences of the spread of agriculture across the North Atlantic islands (Atlantic Scotland, Faroes, Iceland and Greenland) from prehistory to the Viking-Norse periods. I am also particularly interested in the archaeobotanical evidence for agricultural innovation and changing wild plant use in Scotland from prehistory to the post-Medieval period and the potential role of environmental archaeology in informing current and future responses to environmental change.
I completed my PhD on Mesolithic-Neolithic plant use in Scotland in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University in 2013 and I am currently a Post-doctoral Research Associate for the Uig Landscape Project (https://www.dur.ac.uk/uig.landscape/), which will bring to publication the excavation results of a multi-period (Bronze Age-post-Medieval) transhumance landscape at Guinnerso and a Neolithic hearth and palaeoenvironmental sequence at Aird Calanais in Lewis. The latter publication will consider the timing and mechanisms of woodland decline through a novel synthesis of palaeobotanical data from across the region.
I am actively involved in several ongoing excavation and post-excavation projects in Scotland, Iceland and Greenland, including the early Neolithic settlement at the Braes of Ha’Breck, Orkney (http://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/orkneys-first-farmers.htm) and the Norse site at Brattahlið, Greenland. I am a key member of a Mesolithic research project in the Western Isles, and I am the co-director and archaeobotanist for the recent investigations at Northton, the first Mesolithic site discovered in the Western Isles. I am currently involved in archaeobotanical research for the Icelandic Institute of Archaeology in Reykjavík, and have analysed Viking/Norse samples from Aðalstræti, Reykjavík and Gásir, Northern Iceland.
Another of my research interests is experimental archaeology and I am currently engaged in a number of archaeobotanical taphonomy experiments at the Botanic Gardens.
- Archaeobotany and environmental archaeology of Scotland, North-West Europe and the North Atlantic islands (Atlantic Scotland, Faroes, Iceland, Greenland) from prehistory-post Medieval period
- Mesolithic and Neolithic archaeology
- Agricultural innovation and change in North-West Europe
- Human-woodland impacts and fuel procurement strategies in hunter-gatherer and early farming groups, and Viking/Norse communities in the North Atlantic islands
- Experimental archaeology
- Bishop, R. R. (2015). Did Late Neolithic farming fail or flourish? A Scottish perspective on the evidence for Late Neolithic arable cultivation in the British Isles. World Archaeology 47(5): 834-855.
- Bishop, R R, Church, M J & Rowley-Conwy, P A (2015). Firewood, food and niche construction: the potential role of Mesolithic hunter-gatherers in actively structuring Scotland's woodlands. Quaternary Science Reviews 108: 51-75.
- Bishop, R. R. (2015). Summed radiocarbon probability distributions from cereal grains: arable cultivation proxy or the ‘archaeology of us’? (a reply to Stevens and Fuller 2015). World Archaeology 47(5): 876-881.
- Bishop, R R, Church, M J & Rowley-Conwy, P A (2014). Seeds, fruits and nuts in the Scottish Mesolithic. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 143: 9-72.
- Bishop, R R, Church, M J, Dugmore, A J, Madsen, C K & Møller, N A (2013). A charcoal-rich horizon at Ø69, Greenland: Evidence for vegetation burning during the Norse landnám?. Journal of Archaeological Science 40(11): 3890-3902.
- Bishop, R. R., Church, M. J., Clegg, C., Johnson, L., Piper, S., Rowley-Conwy, P. A. & Snape-Kennedy, L. (2013). Tràigh na Beirigh 2. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland, New Series 14: 198-199.
- Snape-Kennedy, L., Church, M. J., Bishop, R. R., Clegg, C., Johnson, L., Piper, S. & Rowley-Conwy, P. A. (2013). Tràigh na Beirigh 9. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland, New Series 14: 199.
- Church, M.J., Bishop, R.R., Blake, E., Nesbitt, C., Perri, A., Piper, S. & Rowley-Conwy, P.A. (2012). Temple Bay, Harris. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland, New Series 13: 186.
- Church, M J, Bishop, R R, Blake, E, Nesbitt, C, Perri, A, Piper, S, Rowley-Conwy, P A, Snape-Kennedy, L & Walker, J (2012). Tràigh na Beirigh, Uig. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland, New Series 13: 190.
- Bishop, R. R., Church, M. J. & Rowley-Conwy, P. A. (2011). Northton, Harris. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland, New Series 11: 186.
- Bishop, R (2011). Prehistoric Society Student Study Tour April 2011. PAST 68: 5-6.
- Bishop, R (2011). The Creation of ‘Homes’ in the Earliest Farming Period in Eurasia. PAST 67: 11-12.
- Edwards, B, Miket, R & Bishop, R R (2011). The excavation of Duddo Stone Circle, Northumberland. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 77: 321–353.
- Church, M J , Bishop, R R , Blake, E R R , Nesbitt, C , Perri, A , Piper, S & Rowley-Conwy, P. A (2011). Tràigh na Beirigh. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland, New Series 12: 194-195.
- Bishop, R.R., Church, M.J. & Rowley-Conwy, P.A. (2010). Northton, Harris. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland, New Series 11: 178.
- Bishop, R R, Church, M J & Rowley-Conwy, P A (2009). Cereals, fruits and nuts in the Scottish Neolithic. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 139: 47-103.
- Bishop, R. R., Church, M. J. & Rowley-Conwy, P. A. (2011). Excavations at Northton, Western Isles of Scotland, 2010; Data Structure Report. Department of Archaeology. Unpublished Data Structure Report: Department of Archaeology, Durham University.
- Bioarchaeology Research Group