The Team

Meet the Ardnamurchan Transitions Team

Below you will find details of some of the people that make up the Ardnamurchan Transitions Project team. Please use the navigation buttons to scroll between panels.


Hannah Cobb
Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Manchester
Hannah is a specialist in archaeological theory and the Mesolithic period,
with long-running research interests in archaeological fieldwork methods
and teaching and learning in archaeology
Phil Richardson
Phil Richardson
Adopt-a-Monument Project Manager, Archaeology Scotland
Phil works with community groups across Scotland. He has extensive
professional experience having worked as a field archaeologist across the UK for 7 years.
Oliver Harris
Oliver Harris
Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Leicester
Ollie is a specialist in Neolithic archaeology and archaeological theory.
He has been excavating sites in Scotland since 2004.
Helena Gray
Helena Gray
Teaching Fellow and Technician, University of Manchester
Helena has extensive field experience having worked professionally for
CFA-Archaeology since 2006. Her main research interests focus on teaching field skills and the archaeology of the 19th century.

Site Specialists/Supervisors

Paul Murtagh
Paul Murtagh
PhD student, Durham University
Paul is an experienced field archaeologist and Iron Age specialist.
He led the excavation of Ricky’s Cairn in 2009 and 2010 and now directs the excavations on
the Iron Age site of Dun Mhurchaidh.
Supervisors past and present
  • Hannah Addison
  • Alison Brooks
  • Eleanor Casella
  • Kellyanne Crawshaw
  • Al Curtis
  • Gemma Hewitt
  • Cara Rhiannon Jones
  • Maria Magill
  • Jess McCullough
  • Gem Midlane
  • Somayyeh Mottaghi
  • Iain Pringle
  • Emily Pringle
  • Ellie Rowley-Conwy
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Beth Thomas
  • Charlotte Tooze
  • Richard Tuffin

Finds Specialists

Prehistoric pottery and beads Alison Sheridan, Curator of Prehistory, National Museum of Scotland
Viking Material Culture Colleen Batey, Senior Lecturer, Glasgow University
Human remains John Robb, Reader in European Prehistory, Cambridge University
Animal bones Nick Overton, PhD student, The University of Manchester
Stone tools Lawrence Billington, Flint Specialist, Cambridge Archaeological Unit
Ecofacts and Environmental Archaeology Mike Cressey, Project Officer, CFA Archaeology Ltd.
Conservator Ellie Rowley-Conwy, Royal Armouries, Leeds
Photography & Web Dan & Han Addison


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The directors would like to thank lots of people for the unbelievable support and help we have had over the years. First and foremost we would like to thank our unbelievable staff who work on the project – for free – every year. There is no way the project could run without you! We also thank all the students who have dug with us, and our local volunteers as well.

Locally we would like to thank the Ardnamurchan Estate, Donald Houston and Claire Rudd for their permissions to excavate on their land. The generosity of the estate has been absolutely boundless and we are very grateful to them. We would also like to thank Jon Haylett, Jonathon and the Ferry Stores, Kilchoan, all the staff at the Kilchoan House Hotel for the fish and chips and Ricky Clark for being a constant superstar. When required the Highlands Police force have also been of outstanding service.

We would like to thank all the many funding bodies who have supported us. These are: Manchester University, Leicester University, Newcastle University, University of Central Lancashire, The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Prehistoric Society, Russell Trust, The Royal Archaeological Institute, The CBA, the Leverhulme Trust, the Society for Post Medieval Archaeology and the British Academy. Historic Scotland have also offered essential support and advice as well as granting permission to excavate Cladh Aindreis. Particular thanks are also due to the generosity of support we have received from Viking River Cruises, who have funded research and conservation of our Viking finds, as well as supporting other elements of our research.

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