Dawn McLaren MA (Hons) PhD FSA Scot 

Project Manager (post-Excavation)


Dawn McLarenFrom 2003 to 2012 Dawn worked as a research assistant, and latterly, Post-Excavation Officer, in the Archaeology Department (now Scottish History and Archaeology Department) at National Museums Scotland (NMS) in Edinburgh. During her time at NMS she developed expertise in identifying, recording, cataloguing and reporting on prehistoric to post-medieval artefacts, particularly Iron Age coarse stone tools, quernstones, later prehistoric and medieval metalworking debris and Bronze Age worked bone. In conjunction with working at NMS, Dawn completed a PhD investigating aspects of Earlier Bronze Age burials. As a result of her doctoral research into Bronze Age burials, Dawn contributed to the construction of ScARF’s Bronze Age research framework as panel member. 

Dawn joined AOC in 2012 where she is principally engaged as an artefact specialist as well as managing a variety of small- to large-scale post-excavation and archiving projects both in-house and as a consultant to external institutions. Most recently, Dawn has been working closely with National Museums Scotland to record and register the large and nationally important collection of Early Prehistoric objects from the World Heritage site at Skara Brae, Orkney. She has also assisted Historic Environment Scotland in reviewing the significant multi-period artefact assemblage from Edinburgh Castle, providing recommendations on requirements for long-term storage and exhibition.

Dawn continues to specialise in the analysis of prehistoric artefacts and pursues her research interests in Bronze Age burials and later prehistoric material culture, lecturing and publishing on both subjects. 


Selected Bibliography

McLaren, D & Hunter F 2014 ‘The stone objects [Burland}’, in Moore, H & Wilson, G Ebbing Shores. Survey and Excavation of coastal archaeology in Shetland, 1995-2008’, 284-305. Edinburgh: Historic Scotland Archaeology Report no.8.

McLaren, D 2013 ‘The rotary quern stones’ in I Armit & J McKenzie 2013 An Inherited Place: Broxmouth Hillfort and the south-east Scottish Iron Age, 309-333. Edinburgh: Soc Antiq Scot.

McLaren, D 2012 ‘Worked bone and antler objects’ in Johnson, M & Cameron, K 2012 ‘An early Bronze Age unenclosed cremation cemetery and Mesolithic pit at Skilmafilly, near Maud, Aberdeenshire’, Scottish Archaeological Internet Report 53, 26-9.

McLaren, D 2011 ‘The coarse stone’. In H. Moore and G. Wilson, Shifting Sands. Links of Noltland, Westray: Interim Report on Neolithic and Bronze Age Excavations, 2007–09, 99-106. Edinburgh: Historic Scotland (Archaeology Report No. 4)

McLaren, D 2011 Where have all the flowers gone? Bronze Age children's burials in south-east England: Initial thoughts, in M. Lally & A. Moore (eds.) (Re)Thinking the Little Ancestor: New perspectives on the archaeology of infancy and childhood. Archaeopress: BAR International Series 2271, pp85-99.

McLaren, D 2004 ‘An important child’s burial from Doune, Perthshire, Scotland’, in Gibson, A & Sheridan, J A  Sickles and Circles: Britain and Ireland at the time of Stonehenge, 289-303, Stroud: Tempus.

McLaren, D & Hunter, F 2008 ‘New aspects of rotary querns in Scotland’, Proc Soc Antiq Scot 138, 105-128.