Dr Nyree Finlay

  • Senior Lecturer (Archaeology)

telephone: 01413306873
email: Nyree.Finlay@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

I am intrigued by how we make and remake meaning from found things and create understandings of the social through ‘stuff’. My research is grounded in prehistoric archaeology, material culture and artefact studies, with a particular focus on collection practice, lithic technology, and hunter-gatherer life-worlds. Currently I am working on:

  • Collection work and material heritage archives

Exploration of the relationship between collection and avocational practice in collaborative contexts, including a new contemporary archaeological project: The Avocational Atelier. This builds on considerable experience of bringing various legacy and assemblage projects to fruition. This work includes The Archaeology of a Collection a monograph on the National Museum of Ireland Keiller-Knowles collection of over 15,000 pieces acquired in the 1920s and smaller studies of individual collectors.

  • Lithic technology and practice

Theoretical and methodological approaches to lithic analysis studies, using life course approaches to consider stonecraft, skill and materiality. I have substantial practical lithic assemblage analysis experience, with an emphasis on detailed technological analysis, chaîne opèratoire studies and experimental replication.  I have written specialist reports for over 85 archaeological projects.

  • Personhood and archaeologies of infancy and the child

In my research and teaching practice I use anthropological and relational approaches to inform understandings of personhood, identity, constructions of otherness and difference through material remains. Theoretical work has considered approaches to relational personhood in hunter-gatherer archaeology and the intersections of age and gender. Previously I edited a ground-breaking volume on archaeology and disability. Recent theoretical work considers the interplay of material culture around life course transitions which builds on earlier research on the archaeological child and the liminal ambiguities around infant death. Ongoing writing projects are based on the materiality of contemporary infant loss memorials and explorations of home.

  • Mesolithic and gatherer-hunter archaeology

A focus on mesolithic archaeology in Northern Europe in particular Scotland and Ireland (9000-4500BC), lithic technologies, methods and social theoretical approaches. Fieldwork projects as Principlal Investigator include The Colonsay Middens Project comprising survey and excavation of a shell midden site (2005-7, Finlay nd), the Scottish Mesolithic Geophysics Project (2002-2010) which championed alternative site methodologies (Finlay et al nd; Finlay and Allen 2008) and publication outcomes for key Irish mesolithic sites of Ferriter’s Cove and Lough Boora. Theoretical perspectives include writing on, gender, kids, the life course (Finlay 2015) and personhood (Finlay 2014).

Current Research Projects

  • Ancestral Studies

 A recent focus of both my research and teaching is my role as academic lead for Ancestral Studies – a portfolio of new humanities postgraduate courses starting in September 2017 and related research activity at the University of Glasgow. Seeking to redefine the future of ancestry work in the Anthropocene it addresses trans-temporal and interdisciplinary approaches to being and belonging in the past and present. My own research in this area is looking at ancestral artefacts and relational methodologies.

  • The Avocational Atelier

Using contemporary archaeological techniques used in the recovery of Francis Bacon’s Reece Mews studio, this project is concerned with documenting the collecting practice of an avocational fieldworker on the Isle of Arran, Scotland who assembled a substantial heritage archive including significant archaeological lithic assemblages. Treating her abandoned artefact analysis table and intact workroom as an archaeological site, it used traditional and multi-media techniques to record this working environment and explore modes of engagement and analytical methodologies for future exhibition and publication outputs. It offers an intimate portrait of a female collector that informs understandings of 20th-21st century collaborative recreational research practices exploring intergenerational and entangled networks, object divestment and ancestral legacies.

  • Lough Boora: post-excavation and publications

This on-going legacy publication project is working towards a co-authored monograph and related journal papers with Dr Michael Ryan for the National Museum of Ireland on his 1977 excavations at Lough Boora, Co. Offaly, Ireland which is a significant earlier mesolithic lakeshore site dated to with hearth features, knapping debris and bone spreads (Finlay and Ryan in prep, Finlay 2009). 


Grants

  • Royal Society of Edinburgh: Avocational Archaeological Atelier
  • College of Arts Research Incentivisation fund: Avocational Atelier
  • College of Arts Research Incentivisation fund: Ancestral Studies 
  • Learning & Teaching Development Fund: Evidencing Employability: e-portfolios for promoting professional practice
  • British Academy: Colonsay Middens Project
  • Society of Antiquaries of Scotland: Colonsay Middens Project

Supervision

I am interested in supervising postgraduate students in areas relating to:

  • Material culture: theory and practice  
  • Lithic technology and avocational collections
  • Skill, chaîne opératoire and replication studies
  • Gender and personhood
  • Mesolithic studies and prehistoric archaeology

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow:

Dr Farina Sternke Apprenticeship and Skill in Palaeolithic Societies (2006-2008)

PhD students:

  • Sheena Graham-George The Irish Cillini of the South West of Ireland (external supervisor, primary supervisor Gina Wall, Glasgow School of Art, 2017-)
  • Rhona Ramsay The material culture of Gyspy/Travellers in Scottish museums: discovery, rediscovery and encounter (joint supervisor with Sally Foster, University of Stirling, 2016-)
  • Marta Innes Scottish Bronze Age Food vessel corpus: a contextual re-evaluation (lead supervisor; additional supervision from Alison Sheridan, NMS and Kenny Brophy, 2015-)
  • Patrick Jolicoeur Cultural Contacts and Exchange of Metal in the Eastern Arctic AD 700-1300 (second supervisor, lead supervisor Colleen Batey, 2014-)
  • Andrew Gourley (History) Things Left Behind: Relics, Cult and Identity in 13thC East Anglia (primary supervisor Julia Smith, joint supervisor for 2015-6)
  • Jonathan Trigg The Materiality of Great War Remembrance: tracing changes in commemorative practice (joint supervisor with Tony Pollard, 2009-)
  • Morgana McCabe Liminal Faces and Places: the feared other in the archaeological landscape (joint supervisor 2009-2015)
  • Dene Wright The Archaeology of Variation in Western Central Scotland during the Mesolithic Period (lead supervisor, 2008-2012);
  • Natasja de Bruijn Obsidian exploitation, production and use in west central Sardinia(joint supervisor with Peter van Dommelen, 2002-2006).

Teaching

I am programme convener for the Material Culture and Artefact Studies taught postgraduate degree and contribute to undergraduate and mainly postgraduate teaching in the Archaeology subject area within the School of Humanities including delivering residential field courses.

Honours

  • Mesolithic Hunter-gatherer life-worlds
  •  Archaeology and Material Culture
  • The Archaeology of Life and Death

Postgraduate

  • MSc Ancestral Studies: academic programme lead for new Humanities initiative
  • MLitt Material Culture and Artefact Studies: programme convenor (hear me talking about this programme here )
  • MSc Museum Studies (material culture and artefact strand)
  • Material Culture in context
  • The Process of Artefact Studies
  • Lithic Analysis
  • Critical themes in the display and reception of objects
  • Independent Study Project
  • Work placement

Additional Information

Qualifications and professional recognition

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016-, Fellow 2013-6)
  • Recognising Excellence in Teaching, University of Glasgow (August 2016)
  • PGCE Academic Practice The University of Glasgow (2004)

Biography

My career in archaeology spans over 25 years.  I have experience of both academic and commercial sectors including partnership working with museums, voluntary archaeological organisations and avocational researchers. After an undergraduate degree in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, I worked as a field archaeologist and finds specialist in the UK and abroad before undertaking doctoral research in 1993 at The University of Reading as part of the Southern Hebrides Mesolithic Project, followed by a year-long Historic Scotland funded post managing post-excavation studies. From 1997 I held a 3-year temporary full-time lecturing post at the National University of Ireland - University College Cork, before joining The University of Glasgow in 2000.

External Contributions

  • External examiner: postgraduate research degrees at University of Worcester, National University of Ireland and University of Edinburgh;
  • Archaeology Periodic Subject review external assessor, Reading University 2012;
  • Evaluator on HEFCE FDTL5 Disability and Archaeological Fieldwork project 2007;
  • AHRC Peer Review College (2008-2011), international grant reviewer and academic peer-reviewer;
  • Contributions to Scottish Archaeological Research Framework as Palaeolithic-Mesolithic panel member and to local research frameworks for West Central Scotland and the Isle of Bute;
  • Editorial Board member: World Archaeology, Scottish Archaeological Journal.

Knowledge Exchange and Public Engagement Activities

I am involved in a number of activities including evening talks to various local archaeological societies, open days, walks, public lectures, artefact handling workshops, kids archaeology programmes and Meet the Specialist events. I have also contributed to the creation of new educational learning resources and co-designed and delivered successful CPD workshop sessions for the archaeological sector.  Specific examples of my public engagement work include;

  • Contributing consultant for the Forestry Commission Scotland outdoor learning resource for Curriculum for Excellence 2: Wolf Brother’s Wildwoods: imagining Mesolithic life in Scotland’s forests and woodlands which features as a Writing and Publishing KE case study: ‘Collaborating with Forestry Commission Scotland towards an Outdoor Learning Guide’
  • Stone tool workshops and other public Meet the Specialist events in conjunction with the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme and Bute Museum
  • Mesolithic Mayhem! a week-long themed event programme for Archaeology month, October 2013 working with children with special educational and social needs including object handling, performance and outdoor activities for local community partner organisationsBrandanii Archaeology & Heritage for Achievement Bute.
  • Archaeological Finds Training Day, Glasgow University, February 2015, co-designed and delivered with the Chartered Institute for Field Archaeologists, attended by over 40 participants (PGT students, PGR students and field practitioners) with presentations and workshop sessions delivered with colleagues in Archaeology, the Hunterian Museum, Historic Scotland, AOC Archaeology and GUARD Archaeology Ltd.

Publications

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2015

Finlay, N. and Jardine, W. G. (2015) Lithic artefacts, coastal change and the availability of flint pebble resources on Colonsay, Inner Hebrides. Scottish Archaeological Journal, 36-7(1), pp. 37-50. (doi:10.3366/saj.2014.0049)

2014

Finlay, N. (2014) The Mesolithic. Discussion Paper. Glasgow Museums.

Finlay, N. (2014) Personhood and social relations. In: Cummings, V., Jordan, P. and Zvelebil, M. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Hunter-Gatherers. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 1191-1203. ISBN 9780199551224 (doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199551224.013.036)

2013

Finlay, N., Huggett, J. and McCulloch, M. (2013) Practical work portfolios and fieldwork experience: evaluating modes of assessment for archaeological skills. Research in Archaeological Education, (In Press)

Finlay, N. (2013) Archaeologies of the beginnings of life. World Archaeology, 45(2), pp. 207-214. (doi:10.1080/00438243.2013.822321)

2012

Finlay, N. (2012) Gender and lithic studies in prehistoric archaeology. In: Bolger, D. (ed.) A Companion to Gender Prehistory. Series: Blackwell companions to anthropology (21). John Wiley & Sons, pp. 142-160. ISBN 9780470655368

2011

Finlay, N. (2011) Skill and the substance of stone: exploring issues of raw material diversity in Scottish Arran pitchstone. Lithic Technology, 36(2), pp. 189-200.

2010

Finlay, N. (2010) Barr River, Morven Lithic Assemblage Evaluation. Report for Forestry Scotland. Other. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

2009

Woodman, P.C. and Finlay, N. (Eds.) (2009) From Bann Flakes to Bushmills: Papers in Honour of Professor Peter Woodman. Series: Prehistoric Society Research Paper 1. Oxbow Books: Oxford. ISBN 9781842173558

Finlay, N. (2009) Futile fragments?- some thoughts on microlith breakage patterns. In: Finlay, N., McCartan, S., Milner, N. and Wiickham-Jones, C. (eds.) From Bann Flakes to Bushmills: Papers in Honour of Professor Peter Woodman. Series: Prehistoric Society Research Paper (1). Oxbow Books: Oxford, pp. 22-30. ISBN 9781842173558

Becket, A., MacGregor, G., Clarke, A., Duffy, P., Finlay, N., Miller, J. and Sheridan, A. (2009) Forest grazing and seaweed foddering: early Neolithic occupation at Maybole, South Ayrshire. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 139, pp. 105-122.

2008

Bamforth, D. and Finlay, N. (2008) Introduction: archaeological approaches to lithic production skill and craft learning. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 15(1), pp. 1-27. (doi:10.1007/s10816-007-9043-3)

Finlay, N. (2008) Blank concerns: issues of skill and consistency in the replication of Scottish Later Mesolithic blades. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 15(1), pp. 68-90. (doi:10.1007/s10816-007-9048-y)

Finlay, N., Huggett, J. and McCulloch, M. (2008) Practical work potfolios and field experience: an evaluation of modes of assessment for archaeological skills. In: Teaching and Learning in Archaeology Conference (HEA), Liverpool, UK, 25-26 June 2008,

Finlay, N. and McAllen, L. (2008) Geophysical suvey at Sand, Applecross. Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports, 31(3.17),

Finlay, N. and Sharpe, L. (2008) Appendix 2: geophysical report. Transactions of the Buteshire Natural History Society, XXVII(21),

2007

Duffy, P. R.J., Finlay, N., MacGregor, G., McLaren, D., McKenzie, J., Miller, J., Ramsay, S., Sheridan, A., Smith, C. and Will, R. (2007) Excavations at Dunure Road, Ayr 2006: Bronze Age Cist cemetery and standing stone. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 137, pp. 69-116. (doi:10.5284/1000184)

2006

Finlay, N. (2006) Gender and personhood. In: Conneller, C. and Warren, G., (eds.) Mesolithic Britain and Ireland: New Approaches. Tempus Publishing Ltd: Stroud, pp. 35-60. ISBN 0752437348

Finlay, N. (2006) Manifesting mkicroliths: insights and strategies from experimental replication. In: Apel, J. and Knutsson, K. (eds.) Skilled Production and Social Reproduction: Aspects of Traditional Stone-Tool Technologies - Proceedings of a Symposium in Uppsala, August 20-24, 2003. Series: Stone Studies 2. Societas Archaeologica Upsaliensis: Uppsala, pp. 299-314. ISBN 9789197374064

Woodman, P.C., Finlay, N. and Anderson, E. (2006) The Archaeology of a Collection: The Keiller-Knowles Collection of the National Museum of Ireland. Series: National Museum of Ireland monograph series (2). Wordwell Ltd. in association with the National Museum of Ireland: Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. ISBN 9781869857974

2004

Finlay, N. (2004) E-scapes and E-motion: other ways of writing the Mesolithic. Before Farming, 1(Art. 4),

1999

Finlay, N. (1999) Disabiling archaeology: an introduction. Archaeological Review from Cambridge, 15(2), pp. 1-6.

Wooman, P.C., Anderson, E. and Finlay, N. (1999) Excavations at Ferriter's Cove, 1983-95: Last Foragers, First Farmers in the Dingle Peninsula. Wordwell: Dublin, Ireland. ISBN 9781869857332

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Articles

Finlay, N. and Jardine, W. G. (2015) Lithic artefacts, coastal change and the availability of flint pebble resources on Colonsay, Inner Hebrides. Scottish Archaeological Journal, 36-7(1), pp. 37-50. (doi:10.3366/saj.2014.0049)

Finlay, N., Huggett, J. and McCulloch, M. (2013) Practical work portfolios and fieldwork experience: evaluating modes of assessment for archaeological skills. Research in Archaeological Education, (In Press)

Finlay, N. (2013) Archaeologies of the beginnings of life. World Archaeology, 45(2), pp. 207-214. (doi:10.1080/00438243.2013.822321)

Finlay, N. (2011) Skill and the substance of stone: exploring issues of raw material diversity in Scottish Arran pitchstone. Lithic Technology, 36(2), pp. 189-200.

Becket, A., MacGregor, G., Clarke, A., Duffy, P., Finlay, N., Miller, J. and Sheridan, A. (2009) Forest grazing and seaweed foddering: early Neolithic occupation at Maybole, South Ayrshire. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 139, pp. 105-122.

Bamforth, D. and Finlay, N. (2008) Introduction: archaeological approaches to lithic production skill and craft learning. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 15(1), pp. 1-27. (doi:10.1007/s10816-007-9043-3)

Finlay, N. (2008) Blank concerns: issues of skill and consistency in the replication of Scottish Later Mesolithic blades. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 15(1), pp. 68-90. (doi:10.1007/s10816-007-9048-y)

Finlay, N. and McAllen, L. (2008) Geophysical suvey at Sand, Applecross. Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports, 31(3.17),

Finlay, N. and Sharpe, L. (2008) Appendix 2: geophysical report. Transactions of the Buteshire Natural History Society, XXVII(21),

Duffy, P. R.J., Finlay, N., MacGregor, G., McLaren, D., McKenzie, J., Miller, J., Ramsay, S., Sheridan, A., Smith, C. and Will, R. (2007) Excavations at Dunure Road, Ayr 2006: Bronze Age Cist cemetery and standing stone. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 137, pp. 69-116. (doi:10.5284/1000184)

Finlay, N. (2004) E-scapes and E-motion: other ways of writing the Mesolithic. Before Farming, 1(Art. 4),

Finlay, N. (1999) Disabiling archaeology: an introduction. Archaeological Review from Cambridge, 15(2), pp. 1-6.

Books

Woodman, P.C., Finlay, N. and Anderson, E. (2006) The Archaeology of a Collection: The Keiller-Knowles Collection of the National Museum of Ireland. Series: National Museum of Ireland monograph series (2). Wordwell Ltd. in association with the National Museum of Ireland: Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. ISBN 9781869857974

Wooman, P.C., Anderson, E. and Finlay, N. (1999) Excavations at Ferriter's Cove, 1983-95: Last Foragers, First Farmers in the Dingle Peninsula. Wordwell: Dublin, Ireland. ISBN 9781869857332

Book Sections

Finlay, N. (2014) Personhood and social relations. In: Cummings, V., Jordan, P. and Zvelebil, M. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Hunter-Gatherers. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 1191-1203. ISBN 9780199551224 (doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199551224.013.036)

Finlay, N. (2012) Gender and lithic studies in prehistoric archaeology. In: Bolger, D. (ed.) A Companion to Gender Prehistory. Series: Blackwell companions to anthropology (21). John Wiley & Sons, pp. 142-160. ISBN 9780470655368

Finlay, N. (2009) Futile fragments?- some thoughts on microlith breakage patterns. In: Finlay, N., McCartan, S., Milner, N. and Wiickham-Jones, C. (eds.) From Bann Flakes to Bushmills: Papers in Honour of Professor Peter Woodman. Series: Prehistoric Society Research Paper (1). Oxbow Books: Oxford, pp. 22-30. ISBN 9781842173558

Finlay, N. (2006) Gender and personhood. In: Conneller, C. and Warren, G., (eds.) Mesolithic Britain and Ireland: New Approaches. Tempus Publishing Ltd: Stroud, pp. 35-60. ISBN 0752437348

Finlay, N. (2006) Manifesting mkicroliths: insights and strategies from experimental replication. In: Apel, J. and Knutsson, K. (eds.) Skilled Production and Social Reproduction: Aspects of Traditional Stone-Tool Technologies - Proceedings of a Symposium in Uppsala, August 20-24, 2003. Series: Stone Studies 2. Societas Archaeologica Upsaliensis: Uppsala, pp. 299-314. ISBN 9789197374064

Edited Books

Woodman, P.C. and Finlay, N. (Eds.) (2009) From Bann Flakes to Bushmills: Papers in Honour of Professor Peter Woodman. Series: Prehistoric Society Research Paper 1. Oxbow Books: Oxford. ISBN 9781842173558

Research Reports or Papers

Finlay, N. (2014) The Mesolithic. Discussion Paper. Glasgow Museums.

Finlay, N. (2010) Barr River, Morven Lithic Assemblage Evaluation. Report for Forestry Scotland. Other. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

Conference Proceedings

Finlay, N., Huggett, J. and McCulloch, M. (2008) Practical work potfolios and field experience: an evaluation of modes of assessment for archaeological skills. In: Teaching and Learning in Archaeology Conference (HEA), Liverpool, UK, 25-26 June 2008,

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