Map Orkney Month: Imagining archaeological mappings paper published

Brendan Colvert & Rosey Priestman: Forming the pearl, Sanday 01/03/15

Map Orkney Month: Imagining archaeological mappings has just been published in a new open access online journal Livingmaps Review (Vol. 1, No. 1).

This is based on my contribution to the Public Archaeology 2015 project, in which 6 archaeologists and 6 non-archaeologists each had a month long project throughout the year.

Map Orkney Month proposes new forms of creative mapping for archaeology. When volunteers were asked to map their world for a day, the idea was to create a new collaborative map of the Orkney archipelago based on everyday journeys and places; a kind of countywide archaeological walkover survey with a twist. In the process, the project challenged traditional archaeological power structures, destabilised the way archaeological knowledge is produced by using non-specialists, and experimented with new modes of archaeological mapping. In the end, each contribution became its own map without the need for traditional archaeological cartography. In particular, the role of imagination in both traditional and experimental mappings became an important theme. Above all, mappers were challenged to think about archaeology in a new way, and in the process contributed something new to the discipline.

You can access the article free here (just register):

Norna Sinclair: Groatie Buckie beach, Stromness 12/03/15

Helga Tulloch: Feedign the sheep at Cruesbreck, North Ronaldsay 04/03/15

Rowena Baker: Rowing practice, Kirkwall Bay 15/03/15

Many thanks again to all MoM participants, James Dixon, Barbara Brayshay and Antonia Thomas.

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