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Department of Archaeology

Current Research Postgraduates

Dr Rosie Bishop

Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology

(email at r.r.bishop@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

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.

 

Research Interests

  • 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

Selected Publications

Journal papers: academic

Journal papers: professional

  • 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: 186-186.
  • 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.
  • 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 (NS) 11: 178.

Reports: technical

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Research Groups

  • Bioarchaeology Research Group