Northlight Heritage

Northlight Heritage worked with the Hidden Heritage project to provide archaeological advice, expertise and training throughout. Northlight also organised post-excavation processing and analysis, and has written up the results of the archaeological investigations, which are available  to read/download here. Northlight is a practice of highly skilled, qualified and experienced professionals in the historic environment sector. Visit their website to find out more and visit their Resource page for useful tools.

Although these archaeologists have now all moved on to other things, at the time of the Hidden Heritage Project, the Northlight archaeologists were:

Dr Heather James:  is a highly experienced archaeologist who has practiced across the UK and in Italy, France, Peru and Jordan. Currently she is one of the directors of Northlight Heritage which is part of the York Archaeological Trust. She has expertise in Medieval archaeology, with a PhD on Medieval Rural Settlement: A case study of Mid Argyll, Scotland. She has directed major projects resulting in publications such as Excavations at St Ethernan's Monastery, Isle of May, Fife 1992-1997 and A Fragmented Masterpiece: Recovering the biography of the Hilton of Cadboll Pictish cross-slab excavations at Hilton of Cadboll chapel, Highland from 1998 – 2003.  Heather was volunteer liaison officer for the High Morlaggan Community Archaeology Project in 2010 and has directed the Castle Craig broch excavations, which are part of the University of Glasgow's Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot (SERF) project, in 2010 and 2012. Heather now runs Calluna Archaeology.

Cathy MacIver: Cathy has worked as an archaeologist and surveyor on a variety of archaeological projects across Britain since 2003. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2009 with a degree in Archaeology and later a Masters in Professional Archaeology. After graduation she worked as a Project Officer for ARCH, based in Inverness, working with communities of all ages across the Highlands. With ARCH she delivered a variety of community projects including: surveys, desk based research, museum studies courses and directing a community excavation. More recently she has been running her own business, CMS Archaeology, which specialises in survey, GIS, excavation and community work. Cathy now works for AOC Archaeology.

Katy Firth: Katy is on a Community Archaeology Training Placement at Northlight Heritage, funded by the Council for British Archaeology. Katy graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2008 with a First Class Honours degree in Archaeology and German.  Growing up in Orkney kindled a passion for the Vikings and for prehistory in particular.  Katy worked as a Field Archaeologist for various Commercial Archaeology firms after graduation before taking up a post as a Ranger for Historic Scotland in Holyrood Park in 2010.  There she gained a great deal of experience working with Volunteers, Community Groups and Schools.  The opportunity to marry her passion for archaeology with a love of working with people has led to her choosing a career in community archaeology.  Katy is also Branch Leader of Edinburgh Young Archaeologists' Club (and a World Champion Underwater Hockey Player!). Katy is currently working at Stromness Museum in Orkney.



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