Traces: Art & Archaeology


In 2014 I was invited to join a team of archaeologists led by Candy Hatherley from the University of Aberdeen in the Northern Picts Project.  My role was to illuminate the archaeological process of excavation of two Iron Age sites which featured large Round Houses.  It was an experimental collaboration aimed at engaging the public.

The residency resulted in a week of art activities during Portmahomack’s Gala Week as well as a mobile exhibition.

During my initial visit to Portmahomack, stay with the team of Archaeologists and visit to the excavation sites I learnt a great deal about the painstaking nature of the task.  My exhibition ‘Traces: Objects in Time’ reflected the process of search and selection of artefacts – in this case any red/ pink/ orange items whilst on a walk around the village. These items were then displayed in museum style cases in a public camp site, on the beach as well as the local Discovery Centre.





Northern Picts Project Full Report