Archaeologist (inverness)


Leanne DemayLeanne graduated from the University of the Highlands and Islands in 2014 with a first-class honours degree in Archaeology. Prior to joining AOC in November 2017, she worked on numerous commercial projects in the north east of Scotland gaining experience in all aspects of archaeological fieldwork and post-excavation work, including; archaeological evaluation, watching briefs, desk-based assessments, excavation, data collation and management, data structure reports and illustration. Her previous career as a professional photographer also enables her to offer a high standard of photography to a variety of environments.

She has worked on projects with Elgin Museum accessioning Treasure Trove acquisitions, running outreach sessions utilising the archaeology collection and, more recently, leading a guided walk in conjunction with the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.

Having been involved with archaeological fieldwork since 2012, Leanne has experience in a range of research excavations, including; NMS excavations at Clarkly Hill and Belladrum, Ness of Brodgar with UHI, Dandaleith Pictish Stone Project, Covesea Caves Project with University of Bradford and Cromarty Medieval Burgh Project. She has considerable experience working with community groups in north east Scotland, including the Moray Archaeology for All and Moray Querns groups run in conjunction with NMS. Current research experience involves her role as fieldwork supervisor for the Cluny Hill Dig Project- a community archaeology project investigating Moray’s largest hill fort.

In addition to receiving various academic awards, including the University of the Highlands and Islands Student of the Year award for her commitment to archaeological fieldwork and academic achievement, she was awarded the Tay Landscape Partnership Archaeology Bursary and a distinction for her undergraduate dissertation, which produced the first comprehensive synthesis of Iron Age personal ornamentation for north east Scotland.

Leanne’s research interests include the transformation in meaning of Roman artefacts in non-Roman contexts, and the use of objects during the Iron Age in north east Scotland for the projection and maintenance of social identities.