Lecture open to the general public
Open lecture by Tom Dawson, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom.
There are many thousands of archaeological sites around Scotland¿s coast, spanning all time periods and a wide range of site types. Many are in remarkable states of preservation; especially those buried beneath drifted sand dunes, but a very large number are threatened with destruction by coastal processes. As the scale of the problem is huge, new ways of working at vulnerable sites are being explored. Local communities are helping to prioritise work, updating national records using a citizen science app. In addition, action is being taken at locally-valued sites, and local volunteers are working with professionals on a range of projects, including surveys, excavations, digital recording projects and video production, creating records of sites before they are lost to the sea.
Tom Dawson is a Principal Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews and director of the SCAPE (Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion) Trust. He has been working on coastal projects for the past seventeen years. He started his archaeological career with the Museum of London, where he worked on large-scale urban excavations. He then moved on to other large projects in the UK, Sri Lanka and France. He has long had an interest in inclusive archaeology and in presenting the results of projects to a wide audience. Tom was a Commissioner with the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland until 2015, and is currently Vice President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
Co-organized by the Department of Historical Studies, the Cultural Heritage Studies Bachelor¿s Program (KAS), the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS), the Environmental Humanities Network (GUEHN) and the Centre for Digital Humanities (CDH).