Alison Keir (Orkney College) Coastal Archaeology, Heritage, and Education for Sustainability

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Alison Keir (Orkney College) Coastal Archaeology, Heritage, and Education for Sustainability

  1. 1. Orkney Gateway to the Atlantic Project:Community Outreach 2012Coastal Archaeology, Heritage and Education for Sustainable Development Alison Keir University of the Highlands and Islands
  2. 2. Rinyo and Bigland Valley Knowe of Swandro• Rinyo and Bigland Valley: Small scale programme of non- intrusive archaeological and palaeoenvironmental research. Aimed to put the known Neolithic remains in their spatial and temporal context.• Knowe of Swandro: Archaeological excavation of multi-period structures and deposits eroding from the coast.
  3. 3. • Engage local children in the archaeology and folklore of their island through the on-going work of the Orkney Gateway to the Atlantic Project.• Link together the landscape survey undertaken at Rinyo with the excavation at the Knowe of Swandro.• Work closely with archaeologists from each project to investigate Rousay’s rich archaeological remains, learn archaeological skills, and explore the concepts of environmental change, landscape change, and human adaptation and resilience over the last five thousand years.
  4. 4. Interpretation of an ancient landscape:Rinyo Neolithic settlement and Bigland Round Tomb Introduction to Rinyo and Bigland Valley
  5. 5. Interpretation of an ancient landscape:Rinyo Neolithic settlement and Bigland Round Tomb Field trip to Rinyo and Bigland Valley
  6. 6. Field trip to Rinyo and Bigland Valley
  7. 7. Field trip to Rinyo and Bigland Valley
  8. 8. Interpretation of an ancient landscape:Rinyo Neolithic settlement and Bigland Round Tomb Animal bone investigation
  9. 9. A Race Against the Tide:Archaeological Survey, Excavation and Analysis at the Coast Survey of a Viking house
  10. 10. A Race Against the Tide:Archaeological Survey, Excavation and Analysis at the Coast Excavation at the Knowe of Swandro
  11. 11. A Race Against the Tide:Archaeological Survey, Excavation and Analysis at the Coast Soil sample sorting and artefact analysis
  12. 12. The Archaeology of a Myth: Excavating a Hogboons Home"Hogboons take their name from the old Norse Haug Bui meaning mound dweller. They lived in a mound next to a house, and couldbring luck to a family if they were treated with respect. Offerings of food were left on the mound for the benefit of the Hogboon. They seem to have a particular tie with one specific family, leaving their mounds to follow them to a new home." Muir, T. (1998) The Mermaid Bride and other Orkney folk tales. The Orcadian Limited.
  13. 13. The Archaeology of a Myth: Exhibition and Film Screening
  14. 14. The Archaeology of a Myth: Exhibition and Film Screening
  15. 15. The Archaeology of a Myth: Exhibition and Film Screening
  16. 16. Reflection• Between 4-8 kids on each activity which is a good turn out considering there are only 20 kids on the island and it was during the summer holidays• Make it a bigger media affair – more involvement from local radio, newpaper, magazines• Make better use of social networking to promote club activities• Collaboration is key• More formal integration of sustainability education into activities directly related to archaeological researchOutcomes• Film• Website• Connections made with local primary school• Interest from local youth group association• Exhibition and film will be on show over winter in the Orkney Museum
  17. 17. • Engage local and wider community with work of Orkney Gateway to the Atlantic Project• Raise awareness about the threat of coastal erosion to Rousay’s rich archaeological heritage• Explore community perceptions of coastal archaeology for PhD research
  18. 18. ©BradfordUniversity/UHI
  19. 19. Reflection• More tours/tour guides to meet demand• Questionnaires for immediate feedbackOutcomes• Positive feedback and constructive criticism from participants about how to improve future tours• Successfully attracted local Rousay residents, greater Orkney residents, and tourists• Boosted local economy by bringing people to the island who spent money on local services and amenities (ferry, bus, shop and pub)• Generated discussion with the Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre Development Trust about how to develop the walk and turn it into a tourist friendly attraction: Signage access app guide book and audio tour
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  21. 21. Institutions and organisations

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