In October 2014 Claire began a Carnegie Trust for the University of Scotland funded PhD at University of Aberdeen under the supervision of Dr Gordon Noble and Prof. Kevin Edwards. The PhD focuses on the possible Neolithic and Bronze Age settlement systems on the West Mainland of Shetland. The landscapes of the West Mainland have been mapped, using high-resolution aerial photographs, to explore the extent and spatial distribution of the remains. This has been complemented by the excavation of the prehistoric house and field system at Troni Shun, West Mainland. The excavations were carried out during July 2016 and 2017 with members of Archaeology Shetland and funded by the Royal Archaeological Institute.
In 2016 Claire paused her PhD for a year to take up a position with the Shetland Amenity Trust as a GIS Assistant working to update the Shetland Sites and Monuments Record. The results of this project are available on Pastmap.
Claire graduated with an MA in Archaeology (First Class Honours) from the University of Aberdeen in 2012. During this time she developed a particular interest in the Neolithic and Bronze Age of Britain and Europe. The desire to pursue her interests led her to undertake an MA in Archaeological at University College London, from which she graduated with distinction. In 2013/14 Claire completed an internship at the University of Aberdeen undertaking the post excavation processing of the pottery from the Alaska Project. During this year she also worked for commercial units in the North East of Scotland working on infrastructure projects and at NTS properties.
Claire is also a leader of the Aberdeen Young Archaeologist Club.
- Royal Archaeological Institute 'In Place and Time: dating and analysing the early agricultural settlement of Shetland, Phase 2' 2017
- Royal Archaeological Institute 'In Place and Time: dating and analysing the early agricultural settlement of Shetland' 2016
- Carnegie PhD Scholarship 2014-2018
- John Reid Trust Scheme 1959, 2012
- Carnegie Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship 2011
- Award for Best Undergraduate Archaeology Student, University of Aberdeen (3rd year)
- Award for Best Undergraduate Archaeology Student, University of Aberdeen (2st year)
1st Year Lectures
AY1003: Archaeology in the Workshop
AY1003: Archaeology in the Marketplace
2nd Year Lectures
AY2006: Provenancing Inorganics
Essay and Exam Marking
Alaska Pottery Workshop
- Further Info
Leader of the Aberdeen Young Archaeologists Club
Farming on the Edge: Towards an understanding on the first farming societies of Shetland. 21st Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists. Glasgow, September 2015
- In Place and Time: Mapping the Prehistoric Landscapes of Shetland. Landscape Survey Group. Shrewsbury, September 201