Mrs Rachel Barrowman

  • Research Associate (Archaeology)

telephone: 01851810112
email: Rachel.Barrowman@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Prior to 2000 I was fortunate to be involved in research projects that concentrated on the early medieval/late Iron Age and Norse periods in Scotland and further afield, with particular reference to Tintagel  in Cornwall, and St  Ninian’s Isle in Shetland. Since moving to the Isle of Lewis my research interests have concentrated on the archaeology of medieval Lewis, specifically excavations on the small tidal sea stack of Dùn Èistean in Ness, and research and survey of the coastal  chapel-sites of Lewis.  These projects are firmly rooted in the local area where I live and aim to work with colleagues to integrate archaeological and historical research, to work with the medium of Gaelic where possible and to support and enrich local heritage and tourist initiatives locally.

Current research projects

  • DEAP
  • St Ninian’s Isle, Shetland

This project re-assessed the unpublished excavations on St Ninian’s Isle which led to the discovery of the magnificent hoard of 28 pieces of Pictish silverware in 1958. As well as a reassessment of the original (unpublished) archives and finds, including an ogham stone found on the site in 1876 and a fantastic collection of glass beads, several new small-scale excavations were undertaken on the site of the chapel and its burial ground. These confirmed a long sequence of settlement, beginning in the Iron Age. The first church was then built on the site in the 8th century, and accompanied by a long cist cemetery with cross-incised stones and shrine sculpture. The church may have continued in use into the 9th or 10th centuries, and the recent work has confirmed that the famous hoard was buried into its floor. There was a degree of continuity between the pre-Christian and Christian burials, native and Norse, with evidence that the site was a special place for burial before the advent of Christianity. Thereafter the site was inundated with wind-blown sand and a new chapel with an accompanying long cist cemetery was then built above the earlier church, and a chancel was added later.

  • The Lewis Coastal Chapel-sites Survey (LCCS)Teampall Eoin Bragar

This project was set up in 2004 to record the archaeology of the coastal chapel-sites in Lewis. Due to a scarcity of surviving contemporary historical documentation relating to Lewis in the medieval period, archaeology has great potential to further investigate these fascinating and diverse sites. Initial research linked together previous antiquarian and local historical research, local guidebooks and research by local history societies and other groups. Teampall pheadair swainbostWalkover and targeted topographic surveys were then undertaken, and each site described on the ground. At the end of the first phase of work it was possible to assess the cultural and research potential of this remarkable group of sites, and to identify gaps where further work was needed. Over forty sites were identified and the remains recorded at each site were varied, some associated with old settlements, or traditionally linked with other chapel sites nearby, others alone and isolated. The chapels themselves ranged from upstanding buildings still used for worship, to low grassy banks only just discernable beneath the turf or un-located and kept alive only in oral tradition. The third and final year of fieldwork targeted topographic and geophysical survey on two sites, Teampall Eoin in Bragar, and Teampall Pheadair in Siadar, both on the west coast of Lewis. The project has now moved to the publication stage, and the results have been used to inform local guides on the early Christianity of Ness.‌

Publications

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Jump to: 2012 | 2011 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006
Number of items: 8.

2012

Batey, C., Barrowman, R., Henderson, J., and Small, A. (2012) Glass beads. In: Barrowman, R. (ed.) The Chapel and Burial ground on St Ninian's Isle, Shetland. Excavations past and present. Series: Society for Medieval Archaeology Monographs (32). Society for Medieval Archaeology, London. ISBN 9781907975462

2011

Barrowman, R.C. (2011) The Chapel and Burial Ground on St Ninian's Isle, Shetland: Excavations Past and Present. Series: Society for medieval archaeology monographs, 32 . Society for Medieval Archaeology, Wakefield, UK. ISBN 9781907975462

2009

Barrowman, R., and Innes, L. (2009) A Bronze Age Burial from Pabay Mor, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles. Project Report. Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Edinburgh.

2008

Barrowman, R.C. (2008) Splendid isolation? Changing perceptions of Dùn Èistean, an island on the north coast of the Isle of Lewis. In: Noble, G., Poller, T., Raven, J. and Verrill, L. (eds.) Scottish Odysseys: The Archaeology of Islands. Tempus, Stroud, pp. 95-111. ISBN 9780752441689

Barrowman, R. (2008) Lewis Coastal Chapel-Sites Survey 2007-8. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

Morris, C.D., and Barrowman, R.C. (2008) The Shetland Chapel-Sites Project: further investigations and résumé. In: Paulsen, C. and Michelsen, H. D. (eds.) Símunarbók: Heiðursrit til Símun V. Arge á 60 á ra degnum. Fróðskapur, Tórshavn, pp. 166-192. ISBN 9789991865188

2007

Barrowman, R.C., Batey, C.E., and Morris, C.D. (2007) Excavations at Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, 1990-1999. Series: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London (74). Society of Antiquaries of London, London, UK. ISBN 9780854312863

2006

Barrowman, R. C., and Hooper, J. (2006) Lewis Coastal Chapel-Sites Survey: Topographic Survey 2005. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

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Number of items: 8.

Book

Barrowman, R.C. (2011) The Chapel and Burial Ground on St Ninian's Isle, Shetland: Excavations Past and Present. Series: Society for medieval archaeology monographs, 32 . Society for Medieval Archaeology, Wakefield, UK. ISBN 9781907975462

Barrowman, R.C., Batey, C.E., and Morris, C.D. (2007) Excavations at Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, 1990-1999. Series: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London (74). Society of Antiquaries of London, London, UK. ISBN 9780854312863

Book Section

Batey, C., Barrowman, R., Henderson, J., and Small, A. (2012) Glass beads. In: Barrowman, R. (ed.) The Chapel and Burial ground on St Ninian's Isle, Shetland. Excavations past and present. Series: Society for Medieval Archaeology Monographs (32). Society for Medieval Archaeology, London. ISBN 9781907975462

Barrowman, R.C. (2008) Splendid isolation? Changing perceptions of Dùn Èistean, an island on the north coast of the Isle of Lewis. In: Noble, G., Poller, T., Raven, J. and Verrill, L. (eds.) Scottish Odysseys: The Archaeology of Islands. Tempus, Stroud, pp. 95-111. ISBN 9780752441689

Morris, C.D., and Barrowman, R.C. (2008) The Shetland Chapel-Sites Project: further investigations and résumé. In: Paulsen, C. and Michelsen, H. D. (eds.) Símunarbók: Heiðursrit til Símun V. Arge á 60 á ra degnum. Fróðskapur, Tórshavn, pp. 166-192. ISBN 9789991865188

Research Report or Paper

Barrowman, R., and Innes, L. (2009) A Bronze Age Burial from Pabay Mor, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles. Project Report. Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Barrowman, R. (2008) Lewis Coastal Chapel-Sites Survey 2007-8. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

Barrowman, R. C., and Hooper, J. (2006) Lewis Coastal Chapel-Sites Survey: Topographic Survey 2005. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

This list was generated on Thu Oct 23 17:31:47 2014 BST.