Jane Harrison

Senior Associate Tutor in Archaeology

Biography

Jane's first degree was in History at Cambridge University, and she did her MSc in Applied Landscape Archaeology at OUDCE. For the last ten years she has been a research field archaeologist and for the last five a tutor at OUDCE. She has excavated in England and Scotland, and especially in Orkney and Oxfordshire. Between 2010 and 2015 Jane was a leading researcher on the East Oxford Archaeology Project, along with Dr David Griffiths and Dr Olaf Bayer.

Teaching and Fieldwork

Teaching

MSc in Applied Landscape ArchaeologyAdvanced Diploma in British Archaeology - Survey training  

Undergraduate Certificate in Archaeology - landscape and urban archaeology, archaeological practice and theory

Fieldwork

Directing excavations for the East Oxford Archaeology Project www.archeox.net

Assistant Director and Excavation Supervisor Birsay-Skaill Landscape Archaeology Project

Supervisory Staff Marcham-Frilford Excavation

Research interests

Jane's doctoral research interests are focused on Viking-Late Norse settlement including in the North Atlantic region and Northern England. In particular understanding the cultural landscapes of settlement and, in the Northern Isles, the remains of farms and buildings found within mounds lying close to the ocean. This research encompasses the methodological challenges of surveying and excavating in coastal environments but concentrates on investigating the Viking-Norse ways of living that shaped and were constructed by a range of landscapes.

She is also involved with archaeology in the suburbs: looking at ways of training local people to participate constructively in rigorous research, and in innovative ways of communicating the results of that research. These ideas are driving the East Oxford Archaeology project launched from the Department for Continuing Education: this is a four year University and HLF funded project. The project also involves research into the archaeology of East Oxford. www.archeox.net 

Publications

Forthcoming:

Monograph on the Archaeology of East Oxford (2015) - with David Griffiths

Monograph on Brisay-Skaill Landscape Archaeology Project, Orkney - with David Griffiths

Harrison, J. (2013) ‘Building Mounds. Longhouses, Coastal Mounds and Cultural Connections: Norway and the Northern Isles, c ad 800-1200’, Medieval Archaeology 57(1), pp. 35-60

Harrison, J. (2013) ‘Settlement Landscapes in the North Atlantic: The Northern Isles in Context, ca. 800–1150 AD’, Journal of the North Atlantic, Special Volume 4, pp. 129-147

Harrison, J. (2013) ‘Mounds, Middens and Social Landscapes: Viking-Norse Settlement of the North Atlantic’, in D. Jørgensen and S. Sörlin (eds), Northscapes: History, Technology and the Making of Northern Environments, UBC Press, Vancouver, pp. 85-109

Griffiths, D. and J. Harrison (2011a) ‘Interpreting Power and Status in the Landscape of Viking Age Orkney’,  in S. Sigmundsson (ed.) Viking Settlements and Viking Society: papers from the proceedings of the sixteenth Viking Congress, Reykjavík and Reykholt, 16-23 August 2009, University of Iceland Press, Reykjavík, pp. 132-146

Griffiths, D. and J. Harrison (2011b) ‘A Viking Age Settlement under wind-blown sand’, Medieval Britain and Ireland 2010, Medieval Archaeology 55, pp. 321-6

Griffiths, D. and Harrison, J. (2011c) ‘Settlement under the sand: new Viking discoveries in Orkney’, Current Archaeology 22:1, pp. 12-19.

Harrison, J. (2006) ‘The Anglo-Saxon Period’, in P. Cockrell and S. Kay (eds) A View from the Hill, Blewbury Village Society, Oxfordshire.

2004 – present: Data Structure Reports (Interim Archaeological Reports) to Historic Scotland standards:

Griffiths, D. and Harrison, J. (2005) Birsay-Skaill Landscape Archaeology Project, Orkney. Data Structure Report 2004-5, BS04 (Birsay) and SG04 (Snusgar), Oxford: University of Oxford report, DSR 2004

Griffiths, D. and Harrison, J. (2006) Birsay-Skaill Landscape Archaeology Project, Orkney, Phase IV. Data Structure Report 2005, SG05 (Snusgar), Oxford: University of Oxford report, DSR 2005

Griffiths, D. and Harrison, J. (2007) Birsay-Skaill Landscape Archaeology Project, Orkney, Phases V, VI and VII. Data Structure Report 2006, SG06 (Snusgar), Survey and Excavation Phase VI, Oxford: University of Oxford report, DSR 2006

Griffiths, D. and Harrison, J. (2008), Birsay-Skaill Landscape Archaeology Project, Orkney, Phases VIII, and IX. Data Structure Report 2007, SG07 (Snusgar), Oxford: University of Oxford report, DSR 2007

Griffiths, D. and Harrison, J. (2009) Birsay-Skaill Landscape Archaeology Project, Orkney, Phase X, Data Structure Report 2008, SG08 (Snusgar), Oxford: University of Oxford report, DSR 2008

Griffiths, D. and Harrison, J, with Athanson, M. (2009) Birsay-Skaill Landscape Archaeology Project, Orkney, Phase XI, Data Structure Report 2009: Marwick Bay MW09, Oxford: University of Oxford report, DSR 2009

Griffiths, D. and Harrison, J. (2010) Birsay-Skaill Landscape Archaeology Project, Orkney, Phase XII, Data Structure Report 2010, SG10 (Snusgar), Oxford: University of Oxford report, DSR 2010

Griffiths, D. and Harrison, J. (2012) Birsay-Skaill Landscape Archaeology Project, Orkney, Phase XIII, Data Structure Report 2011, SG11 (Snusgar), Oxford: University of Oxford report, DSR 2011

Griffiths, D and Harrison, J. forthcoming, Damsay, Orkney DY13, Data Structure Report, Oxford: University of Oxford report

East Oxford Archaeology Project archaeological reports www.archeox.net and reports in South Midlands Archaeology

Presentations

Languages, Myths and Finds AHRC Collaborative Skills Development

ProgrammeProject 2013-2104, North-East group:

http://languagesmythsfinds.ac.uk 

Northern Environmental History Network: research workshops in Stockholm and Tromsø 2010-2011: http://norden.miljohistorie.net

Conference presentations include: 

People and Places in the Medieval Thames Valley: Oxford 2013

Institute for Archaeologists Annual Conference: Oxford 2012

Inaugural St Magnus Conference: Orkney 2011

Flows of Food, Folk and Thought. Environmental Histories of the Nordic Countries: Tromsø, Norway 2011

Theoretical Archaeology Group: Bristol 2010