Martin Cook MA MCIFA FSA Scot


Martin CookMartin is a Director of AOC, Head of Fieldwork and is responsible for all aspects of Health and Safety.In the years between graduation and this full time post he worked as self employed field archaeologist. Martin has been based in Edinburgh since graduating and was formally employed by AOC in April 2001. Martin has managed over 300 fieldwork projects for AOC, ranging from watching briefs to excavations. These projects have included 30 excavations ranging from prehistoric structures within the world famous Kilmartin Glen to the year-long excavation of modern industrial structures during remediation works at the Commonwealth Games site, Glasgow.

Martin has worked closely with Historic Environment Scotland on various infrastructure projects, and with the Human Remains Call Off Contract, in which he was responsible for the excavation of six cemetery sites, in Orkney, Barra Taransay and mainland Scotland. In addition, Martin has worked closely with the City of Edinburgh Council, as project manager for the excavation within the listed building Tron Kirk, and the ongoing community excavations at Cramond Roman Fort and Bath-house (2005-present).

Martin has carried out research excavations as co-director in Moray (Moray Enclosures Project) and Aberdeenshire (Cairn More) and has spoken widely on the results of his excavations and research.

Aside from AOC he has a keen interest in public archaeology and was the Secretary of the Midlothian Young Archaeologists Club, between 2005-9, is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and is a member of the Prehistoric Society and Glasgow Archaeological Society and a Member of the IFA.

Selected Bibliography

Cook, M. 2006 ‘Excavations of a Bronze Age Roundhouse and Associated Palisaded Enclosure at Aird Quarry, Castle Kennedy, Dumfries and Galloway’ in the Transactions of the Dumfries and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society, Volume LXXVI, 2006

Cook, M. 2006 ‘Neolithic and Iron Age Structures at Grantown Road, Forres, Morayshire’ in Northern Studies Volume 40, 2006

Cook, M.  2007 ‘Early Neolithic and Ritual Activity, Bronze Age occupation and Medieval activity at Pitlethie Road, Leuchars, St Andrews’ in Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal, 2007

Cook, M. 2009 ‘Bronze Age Cremation Practice in the Scottish Borders’ History of the Berwickshire Naturalists’ Club, Vol.51, Part 2, 2009

Cook, M.  2008 ‘An Early Christian Vallum at Dunning?’ in Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal, Vol 14, 2008, 9-15

Cook, M.  2010 (with Alison Sheridan and Clare Ellis) Excavations at Upper Largie Quarry, Argyll and Bute, Scotland: New Light on the Prehistoric Ritual Landscape of the Kilmartin Glen, Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 2010