Antonia Thomas

Antonia Thomas
University of the Highlands and Islands | UHI · Department of Archaeology

BSc, MA, PhD (Archaeology)

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Introduction
I am interested in the intersection of art, archaeology, and heritage. Recent projects and publications have explored a number of aspects of material and visual culture, including graffiti and mark-making, prehistoric art, artefacts and architecture, the relationship between contemporary art and archaeology, and the politics of heritage. I am also a lecturer and researcher at the University of the Highlands and Islands, where I lead the interdisciplinary MA in Contemporary Art and Archaeology.
Education
January 2011 - October 2015
University of Aberdeen
Field of study
  • Archaeology

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Publications (19)
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“This paper reflects upon the Test Trenches Project, which involved arts practitioners in a range of media collaborating with archaeologists on the excavations at the Ness of Brodgar, Orkney. The team, including the archaeologists, subsequently undertook a short studio residency at the Pier Arts Centre, a contemporary art gallery in Stromness, and...
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The Neolithic sites of Orkney include an impressive number of stone-built tombs, ceremonial monuments and - uniquely for northern Europe - contemporary dwellings. Many of these buildings survive in a remarkable state of preservation, allowing an understanding of the relationship between architectural space and the process of construction that is ra...
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This forum aims to go beyond the usual art/archaeology discussions to explore the possibilities – and challenges - for work which might push beyond what is traditionally accepted as either art or archaeology. The articles comprise a diverse range of responses from academics and practitioners working creatively with heritage—in its broadest sense—fr...
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The visual imagery of Neolithic Britain and Ireland is spectacular. While the imagery of passage tombs, such as Knowth and Newgrange, are well known the rich imagery on decorated portable artefacts is less well understood. How does the visual imagery found on decorated portable artefacts compare with other Neolithic imagery, such as passage tomb ar...
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In this paper I use the representation of the Brodgar Stone, a decorated Neolithic slab found in Orkney, Scotland, in 1925, as a case study for thinking through the multiple temporalities of both archaeology and photography. Beginning with the story of one photograph, I will explore the way in which images of this stone have shaped its ongoing biog...
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Thirty years after the discovery of an Early Neolithic timber hall at Balbridie in Scotland was reported in Antiquity, new analysis of the site's archaeobotanical assemblage, featuring 20 000 cereal grains preserved when the building burnt down in the early fourth millennium BC, provide new insights into early farming practices. The results of stab...
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This report provides an interpretive account of the interior stonework and decoration within the Holm of Papa Westray South chambered cairn, Papa Westray, Orkney, based on survey work undertaken by the author in June 2018 and funded by Historic Environment Scotland through the PIC Archaeology Programme. Thirty-four areas of possible marking or dec...
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Our intention is to take you on a journey, or rather a walk, through some recent collaborations and projects. The journey is also a real walk undertaken on the 7 th February 2015, revisiting the places of these earlier encounters. We are both archaeologists living in Orkney interested in creative and experimental archaeological practice. This is pe...

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