John Barber BA MA FSA (Lond) FSA (Scot) MCIFA


John Barber

John has over thirty-five years experience within varying aspects of the heritage industry ranging from field excavation to the presentation of archaeological sites. He worked for Historic Scotland for fourteen years, latterly as Senior Field Archaeologist, managing their Central Excavation Unit. During this time he directed many large-scale field projects and pursued his research interests in archaeological science, theory and practice, the Later Bronze Age, the Early Christian Period and early wood technology, publishing widely on these subjects. He left in 1991 to form AOC Archaeology Group and as Chairman, determines the strategic direction of the company. He is an acknowledged expert in the area of archaeology, heritage and planning legislation and is an experienced Expert Witness at public inquiries regarding archaeology. John is also a specialist in the field of Cultural Resource Management and acts as archaeological consultant to a wide client portfolio, on projects ranging from commercial developments to Heritage Lottery funded projects. John is active in raising the public profile of archaeology more widely and has given many public presentations, including several television appearances and a number of invited lectures at international conferences and business gatherings. 

John recently completed a PhD on the engineering, architecture and conservation of Iron Age brochs with the University of Edinburgh.

Selected Bibliography

Barber, J  &  Angell, I O  1977  `An algorithm for fitting circles and ellipses to megalithic stone rings', Sci & Archaeol, 20, 11-16. 

Barber, J  1973  `The orientation of the Recumbent-stone circles of the South-West of Ireland', J Kerry Archaeol Hist Soc, 6, 26-39.

Barber, J  1981d  `Excavations on Iona, 1979', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, 111, 282-380.

Barber, J  &  Crone, A  1981  `Analytical techniques for the investigation of non-artefactual wood from prehistoric and medieval sites', Proc Soc Antiq Scot 111, 510-515.

Barber, J  &  Brown, M  1984  `An Sithean, Islay', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, 114 (1984), 161-88. Fiche 3: B1-C4

Barber, J  1989  `An Unusual Iron Age Burial at Hornish Point, South Uist', Antiquity, 63, 773-8.

Barber, J  1992  ‘Megalithic architecture’, in Sharples, N & Sheridan, A (eds), Vessels for the Ancestors. Edinburgh: EUP.

Barber, J  &  Crone, A  1993  ‘Crannogs; a diminishing resource? A survey of the crannogs of southwest Scotland and excavations at Buiston Crannog’, Antiquity 67, 520-33.

Barber, J 1996  ‘Excavations at St Magnus’ Kirk, Birsay’, in Morris, C D The Birsay Bay Project. Vol 2, 11-31. Durham: Univ Durham Dept Archaeol Monog 2.

Barber, J 1997  The excavation of a stalled cairn at the Point of Cott, Westray, Orkney. Edinburgh: STAR Monog 1.

Barber, J (ed) 1997  The Archaeological investigation of a prehistoric landscape: Excavations on Arran 1978-81. Edinburgh: STAR Monog 2.

Barber, J  1999  ‘The linear earthworks of southern Scotland. Survey and classification’, Trans Dumfriesshire Galloway Natur Hist Soc LXXIII, 63-164.

Barber, J 2001  Guidelines for the Preservation of Areas of Rig and Furrow in Scotland  STAR

Barber, J W & Crone, B A 2001‘The duration of structures, settlements and sites: some evidence from Scotland’, in Raftery, B & Hickey, J (eds) Recent Developments in Wetland Research, 69-86. Seandálaíocht: Mon 2, Dept Archaeol, UCD & WARP Occ Paper 14. Dublin: Dept  Archaeol, Univ College Dublin.

Barber, J  2003 Bronze Age Farms and Iron Age Farm Mounds of the Outer Hebrides. SAIR Monograph 3. Printed version via  Heritage Publications (ISBN 0 903903 72 5: ISSN  1473-3803)