Cathy MacIver BSC (Hons), MLitt, ACIFA, FSA Scot

Project Manager

Cathy McIver

Cathy joined AOC Archaeology in 2015, having previously worked as a freelance archaeologist on a wide range of commercial and research projects. From 2007 she has been involved in the University of Glasgow SERF project, researching the archaeological origins of Strathearn and Forteviot. She was responsible for student training and coordinating community participation at the annual fieldschool and latterly she also worked as Co-Director of the SERF Hillfort Programme. Cathy has directed or managed a significant number of field excavations for various clients over the past years, including sites such as; The Craw Stane, Rhynie, Dunnicaer Sea Stack, Tap O’ Noth, Rhynie and Burghead (University of Aberdeen); Iona (University of Glasgow); Ardmolich (Forestry Enterprise Scotland); Allt Moraig Shieling (The Shieling Project); King’s Seat (PKHT, Dunkeld and Birnam Historical Society) and Tarradale Through Time (NOSAS). She has also managed various archaeological excavations, watching briefs and evaluations as part of the planning process, including working on large linear infrastructure projects across Scotland.

She has a strong interest in community archaeology, especially in teaching and training students and volunteers, and has designed and delivered workshops on the use of open-source GIS in community research. Recent GIS and database work has included the development of an on-site digital recording resource for use on portable tablets for recording excavation and survey data. This project was piloted in 2017 for HES and University of Aberdeen and is undergoing further development.

Cathy is an experienced surveyor, having undertaken work on a wide range of monuments of all periods across Scotland, including at early medieval Kirkmadrine, Runicaleach and Eynort townships on Skye and a large number of later prehistoric fortified sites with SERF.

She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a research affiliate of the University of Glasgow.


2007-2011               University of Glasgow SERF Project

2012-2017               SERF Hillfort Programme (Co-director) 

2012-2017              SERF Project (GIS Manager)

2012-2017               Rhynie Environs Archaeological Project (Site Manager)

2015-2017               Dunnicaer Sea Stack (Site Manager)        

2016                      Ardmolich Charcoal Burning Platform (Project Manager)

2016                      Allt Moraig Shieling (Project Manager)

2017                      Runicaleach and Eynort Township Surveys (Surveyor)

2017                      Tarradale Through Time (Site Manager)

2017-present            Developing On-site Digital Recording for Excavation

2017-present            King’s Seat Excavation, Dunkeld

2017-present            Tap O’Noth Excavations (Site Manager)

2017-present            Iona Research Project (Excavation Director)