MA (Edinburgh), MSocSci (Birmingham), FSA, FSAScot, MIFA
Caroline Wickham-Jones studied Prehistoric Archaeology in the 1970s at the University of Edinburgh under Stuart Piggott. She took a second degree in Heritage Management at the University of Birmingham in 1990.
After graduation Caroline specialised in artefact studies, particularly the technology of prehistoric flaked stone tools.
Caroline has worked on, and directed, archaeological excavation across Scotland. In the 1970s she worked as a member of teams from the National Museums of Scotland at the Late Neolithic sites of Skara Brae and Links of Noltland in Orkney. In 1984 she started work directing the excavations of a Mesolithic site on the island of Rum and since then she has worked on a number of other Mesolithic projects including the sites at Camas Daraich, in Skye and Long Howe in Orkney, and as co-director of the Scotland’s First Settlers Project.
Caroline is particularly interested in the relationship between human settlement and the changing landscape. Since 2004 she has worked as part of the Rising Tide Project on an examination of past sea-level change and the early settlement of Orkney.
Archaeology has taken Caroline to many interesting places from the Varanger Fjord in Norway to Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel in Argentina.
One of the best things about archaeology is telling others how exciting it all is: Caroline's work to publicise archaeology includes time as a radio journalistand magazine columnist, and she has many publications.
- The early post-glacial (Mesolithic) settlement of Scotland
- Neolithic Scotland
- People and Environment
- Submerged sites and landscapes
- Landscapes and people
- Human response to climate change
- slow - the loss of land due to rising sea-levels that took place around Orkney 10,000-2000BC
- catastrophic - the tsunami that struck Scotland in 6500BC
- Management of archaeology below the sea
- World Heritage Sites - interpretation and management
- Popular communication and understanding of archaeology
- Use of the internet to communicate archaeology
The Rising Tide: an examination of former sea-level change and its impact on the prehistoric human population of Orkney
With Dr Sue Dawson of the Department of Geography, University of Dundee Professor Alastair Dawson, Insititute of Coastal Science and Management, University of Aberdeen, Dr Richard Bates, Scottish Oceans Institute, University of St Andrews, Dr Martin Bates, University of Wales Trinity St David, Dr Dei Huws, University of Bangor and Nigel Nayling, University of Wales Trinity St David.
Although Scotland is a small country it has had a complex history of relative sea-level change since the end of the last Ice Age. This means that in some places there has been considerable submergence of land during this time. The results are complex and wide reaching.
Areas that once were land now lie underwater. It is therefore impossible to understand the early settlement of Scotland properly without considering the potential of these areas for habitation and use.
This work is funded by: Historic Scotland; The Crown Estate; Orkney Islands Council; The Russell Trust; NGS/Waitt Grants, Orkney Archaeology Society, Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership, Royal Archaeological Institute, Society of Antiquaries of London.
A multi-national project to study the submerged landscapes of the Continental shelf
a four-year research network funded by the European Commission under its COST program (Cooperation in Science and Technology) from 2009 to 2013.
Its aim is to bring together archaeologists, marine geophysicists, environmental scientists, heritage agencies, and commercial and industrial organizations interested in researching, managing and preserving the archives of archaeological and palaeoclimatic information locked up on the drowned prehistoric landscapes of the European continental shelf, and to disseminate that knowledge to a wider public
Leverhulme Research Fellow: Peopling Doggerland. September 2011 - 2013
Currently teaching modules by video conferencing for the Lifelong Learning students who are based across the Highlands and Islands.
Caithness Archaeological Trust
Orkney Local Access Forum
SPLASHCOS: Submerged Prehistoric Landscapes and Archaeology of the Continental Shelf
Alternate MC Member
Associate Editor (http://www.waspress.co.uk/journals/beforefarming/)
Contributions to Journals
- Elphinstone, M. & Wickham-Jones, C. (2012). 'Archaeology and Fiction'. Antiquity, vol 86, no. 332, pp. 532-537.
- Bates, M., Bates, R., Dawson, S., Huws, D., Nayling, N. & Wickham-Jones, C. 'A multi-disciplinary approach to the archaeological investigation of a bedrock dominated shallow marine landscape: an example from the Bay of Firth, Orkney, UK'. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology.
- Wickham-Jones, C. (2010). 'The management of submerged terrestrial archaeology: an assessment of current awareness of the seabed resource around Scotland'. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, vol 12, no. 3, pp. 209–236.
[Online] DOI: 10.1179/175355210X12827502750606
Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings
- Wickham-Jones, C. (2009). 'Footsteps in the North: archaeological understanding and the settling of northern Scotland and the islands'. in N Finlay, S McCartan, N Milner & C Wickham-Jones (eds), From Bann Flakes to Bushmills: Papers in Honour of Professor Peter Woodman. Prehistoric Society Research Papers, no. 1, Oxbow Books, Oxford, United Kingdom.
- Wickham-Jones, C. (2009). 'Them Bones: Midden Sites as a defining characteristic of the Scottish Mesolithic'. in S McCartan, R Schulting, G Warren & P Woodman (eds), Mesolithic Horizons: Papers presented at the Seventh International Conference on the Mesolithic in Europe, Belfast 2005. vol. 2, Oxbow Books, pp. 478-484.
Books and Reports
- Wickham-Jones, C. (2010). 'Fear of Farming'. Oxbow Books, Oxford, United Kingdom.
- Wickham-Jones, C., Finlay, N., McCartan, S. & Milner, N. (eds) (2009). 'From Bann Flakes to Bushmills: Papers in Honour of Professor Peter Woodman'. Prehistoric Society Monograph Series, no. 1, vol. 1, Oxbow Books, Oxford, United Kingdom.
- Foster, SM., Wickham-Jones, C. & Downes, J. (eds) (2005). 'The Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site: Research Agenda'. Historic Scotland, Edinburgh.
- Wickham-Jones, C. & Hardy, K. (eds) (2009). 'Mesolithic and later sites around the Inner Sound, Scotland: the work of the Scotland’s First Settlers project 1998–2004'.