Historical Archaeology and the 'Colony'

Reflections on fieldwork at a 19th-century settlement in rural Scotland

Jeffry Monson Oliver, Gordon Noble, Colin Shepherd, Richard Knecht, Karen Beatrice Milek, Oskar Gisli Sveinbjarnarson

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Abstract

What can archaeology contribute to the 19th-century history of Bennachie? A recent collaborative effort between the University of Aberdeen and the Bailies of Bennachie is beginning to shed new light on the cultural landscape of the Colony site. Two seasons of shovel test-pitting and a single season deturfing 19th- century crofting structures indicates a much richer and more ambiguous legacy of the so-called ‘squatters’, who once called Bennachie home. Initial observations suggest an interesting amount of internal variation at the site, hinting at various forms of social and economic distinction. At the same time, other patterns suggest important commonalities with contemporary rural settlements. The creation of a variety of data sets has prompted many new questions and has set the stage for future research collaborations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBennachie and the Garioch
Subtitle of host publicationSociety and the Ecology in the History of North-East Scotland
EditorsColin Shepherd
Place of PublicationChapel of Garioch
PublisherThe Bailies of Bennachie
Pages103-124
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780957638402
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013

Publication series

NameBennachie Landscapes
PublisherBailies of Bennachie
Number2

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squatter
cultural landscape
rural community
archaeology
history
economics
Historical Archaeology
Colonies
Field Work
Scotland
History
Pitting
Aberdeen
Research Collaboration
Economics
Archaeology
Cultural Landscape
Rural Settlements

Keywords

  • Historical Archaeology
  • Scotland
  • improvement
  • crofters
  • squatters
  • Bennachie

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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Oliver, J. M., Noble, G., Shepherd, C., Knecht, R., Milek, K. B., & Sveinbjarnarson, O. G. (2013). Historical Archaeology and the 'Colony': Reflections on fieldwork at a 19th-century settlement in rural Scotland. In C. Shepherd (Ed.), Bennachie and the Garioch: Society and the Ecology in the History of North-East Scotland (pp. 103-124). (Bennachie Landscapes; No. 2). Chapel of Garioch: The Bailies of Bennachie.

Historical Archaeology and the 'Colony' : Reflections on fieldwork at a 19th-century settlement in rural Scotland. / Oliver, Jeffry Monson; Noble, Gordon; Shepherd, Colin; Knecht, Richard; Milek, Karen Beatrice; Sveinbjarnarson, Oskar Gisli.

Bennachie and the Garioch: Society and the Ecology in the History of North-East Scotland. ed. / Colin Shepherd. Chapel of Garioch : The Bailies of Bennachie, 2013. p. 103-124 (Bennachie Landscapes; No. 2).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Oliver, JM, Noble, G, Shepherd, C, Knecht, R, Milek, KB & Sveinbjarnarson, OG 2013, Historical Archaeology and the 'Colony': Reflections on fieldwork at a 19th-century settlement in rural Scotland. in C Shepherd (ed.), Bennachie and the Garioch: Society and the Ecology in the History of North-East Scotland. Bennachie Landscapes, no. 2, The Bailies of Bennachie, Chapel of Garioch, pp. 103-124.
Oliver JM, Noble G, Shepherd C, Knecht R, Milek KB, Sveinbjarnarson OG. Historical Archaeology and the 'Colony': Reflections on fieldwork at a 19th-century settlement in rural Scotland. In Shepherd C, editor, Bennachie and the Garioch: Society and the Ecology in the History of North-East Scotland. Chapel of Garioch: The Bailies of Bennachie. 2013. p. 103-124. (Bennachie Landscapes; 2).
Oliver, Jeffry Monson ; Noble, Gordon ; Shepherd, Colin ; Knecht, Richard ; Milek, Karen Beatrice ; Sveinbjarnarson, Oskar Gisli. / Historical Archaeology and the 'Colony' : Reflections on fieldwork at a 19th-century settlement in rural Scotland. Bennachie and the Garioch: Society and the Ecology in the History of North-East Scotland. editor / Colin Shepherd. Chapel of Garioch : The Bailies of Bennachie, 2013. pp. 103-124 (Bennachie Landscapes; 2).
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