Nick Johnstone MA (Hons) ACIFA

Project Officer (Fieldwork)

Nick Johnstone

Nick has been based in Edinburgh since graduating and was formally employed by AOC in 2012. In the years between graduation and this full time post he worked as freelance field archaeologist for field units across Scotland, and England,  as well as academic projects in Europe. During this period Nicholas gained a tremendous wealth of commercial fieldwork experience working on all types of fieldwork projects and sites.

Since becoming a full time member of staff Nicholas has continued to expand his experience across a variety of fieldwork projects in Scotland and England. He has worked on numerous large excavations and evaluations across a variety of site types from greenfield sites to remote islands to more intricate urban sites.

In the last few years Nicholas has led large excavations on:

Complex stratified urban sites of medieval to 19th century at Murano place, Potterow 1, Potterow 2, and the Cowgate (all in central Edinburgh)

  • A large scale Iron Age and Romano-British site including several burial grounds, field systems, industrial features, multi phase structures, and a barrow in Grantham, England.
  • a significant full excavation of an iron age broch tower in the north west of Scotland (Clachtoll, Assynt)
  • The excavation of a prehistoric pit alignment, roundhouse and beaker pits at Collessie, Fife.
  • And the excavation of an Iron Age settlement at Dornoch.

Nick has participated as both supervisor or assistant on numerous Historic Scotland Humans Remains Call-Off Contract projects including a Pictish burial (Papa Westray), a large stone cremation urn (mainland Orkney), and the excavation of three Viking burials on Papa Westray and Sandy in Orkney.