Dr Tessa Poller

  • Lecturer (Archaeology)

telephone: 0141330-2991
email: Tessa.Poller@glasgow.ac.uk

R204B Level 2, Archaeology, Molema Building, Glasgow G12 8QQ

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8029-8908

Research interests

Archaeological Methods in the Theory and Practice

A main research interest has been in the theory and practice of archaeological methodology.  There are various ways in which archaeologists can record, describe and engage with the traces of the past.  The methods that we choose to implement have a direct impact on how the past is communicated in the present.  My interest lies in the reflexive relationship between method and interpretation.  In practice, I am interested in exploring how new technologies and approaches (i.e. LiDAR & 3D visualisations) are integrated with traditional techniques such as excavation and field survey. 

Later Prehistoric Landscapes in Scotland

My PhD research examined the archaeological evidence for the Later Prehistoric Landscapes in SW Scotland and over the past seven years I have been the director of the SERF Hillforts Programme.  The SERF Hillforts Programme is an ongoing project which aims to create a chronological map for the hillforts within the eastern stretch of Strathearn.   Excavation underpins the SERF hillfort investigations, but over the years we have developed our methodology to include field survey, geophysical survey, 3D laser scanning, photogrammetry and GIS modelling in order to more fully explore these monuments with their landscape setting.

Geophysical Survey in Scottish Contexts

I have been involved in numerous geophysical surveys across Scotland. I have been investigating the responses of geophysical techniques on a variety of geological and archaeological contexts in Scotland, from arable lands in SW Scotland and Perthshire, to craggy hilltops in Argyll and exposed boggy areas in Lewis.  In recent years I have worked in collaboration with the National Museums of Scotland and the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments to compare and explore metal-detecting recording with geophysical survey and other remote sensing techniques.

Publications

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2019

Given, M. , Aldred, O., Grant, K., McNiven, P. and Poller, T. (2019) Interdisciplinary approaches to a connected landscape: upland survey in the Northern Ochils. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 148, pp. 83-111. (doi: 10.9750/PSAS.148.1268)

2018

Poller, T. (2018) The craft of earthwork survey. In: Gillings, M., Haciguzeller, P. and Lock, G. (eds.) Re-Mapping Archaeology: Critical Perspectives, Alternative Mappings. Routledge, pp. 117-139. ISBN 9781138577138

2017

Poller, T. (2017) Cults Loch 4; promontory fort - geophysical survey. In: Cavers, G. and Crone, A. (eds.) A Lake Dwelling in its Landscape: Iron Age settlement at Cults Loch, Castle Kennedy, Dumfries & Galloway. Oxbow Books: Oxford, pp. 137-139. ISBN 9781785703737

Poller, T. and Cavers, G. (2017) Cults Loch 5; the palisaded enclosure - geophysical survey. In: Cavers, G. and Crone, A. (eds.) A Lake Dwelling in its Landscape: Iron Age settlement at Cults Loch, Castle Kennedy, Dumfries & Galloway. Oxbow Books: Oxford, pp. 154-155. ISBN 9781785703737

2016

Poller, T. and Petersen, G. (2016) Millhaugh (MH14.4) Geophysical Survey Data Report 2016. SERF Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

Poller, T. , Watterson, A., Baxter, K., Anderson, J. and Duncan, K. (2016) Designing Digital Engagements: The SERF Hillforts Project. [Website]

2015

Poller, T. and Campbell, E. (2015) Dun Knock Excavations 2015 Data Structure Report. SERF Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

Poller, T. (2015) Ogle Hill Geophysical Survey Data Report 2015. SERF Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

Barrowman, R. C. and Poller, T. (2015) Area C results. In: Barrowman, R. C. (ed.) Dùn Èistean, Ness: the excavation of a clan stronghold. Acair Ltd: Stornoway, pp. 137-145. ISBN 9780861525393

Poller, T. (2015) Gazetteer, Geophysical Survey. In: Barrowman, C. (ed.) The Archaeology of Ness: results of the Ness archaeological landscape survey. Acair Ltd: Stornoway, pp. 113-115. ISBN 9780861525348

Poller, T. (2015) Ogle Hill Excavations 2015 Data Structure Report. SERF Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

2014

Poller, T. (2014) Wester Clevage Geophysical Survey Data Report 2014. SERF Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

Poller, T. and MacIver, C. (2014) Castle Law Excavations 2014 Data Structure Report. SERF Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

2013

Poller, T. (2013) Castle Law Excavations 2013 Data Structure Report. SERF Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

Poller, T. (2013) Castle Law Excavations 2013 Data Structure Report. SERF Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

Cuenca-Garcia, C. , Jones, R. , Hall, A. and Poller, T. (2013) From the Air to the Atomic Level of a Ditch: Integrating Geophysical and Geochemical Survey Methods at the Prehistoric Cropmark Complex of Forteviot (Perthshire, Scotland). In: 10th International Conference on Archaeological Prospection (AP2013), Vienna, Austria, 29 May - 2 Jun 2013, pp. 129-133.

2012

Barrett, J.H. et al. (2012) Quoygrew and its landscape context. In: Barrett, J.H. (ed.) Being an Islander: production and identity at Quoygrew, Orkney, AD 900-1600. McDonald Institute Monographs: Cambridge, pp. 25-44. ISBN 9781902937618

Poller, T. (2012) Scottish Blackhouses: archaeological imaginings. In: Janowski, M. and Ingold, T. (eds.) Imagining Landscapes: Past, Present and Future. Ashgate: Farnham, pp. 39-58. ISBN 9781409429715

2006

Banks, I. , Pollard, T. and Poller, T. (2006) Leith Open Spaces Project (Leith siege works) Geophysics. Project Report. Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division.

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Number of items: 19.

Articles

Given, M. , Aldred, O., Grant, K., McNiven, P. and Poller, T. (2019) Interdisciplinary approaches to a connected landscape: upland survey in the Northern Ochils. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 148, pp. 83-111. (doi: 10.9750/PSAS.148.1268)

Book Sections

Poller, T. (2018) The craft of earthwork survey. In: Gillings, M., Haciguzeller, P. and Lock, G. (eds.) Re-Mapping Archaeology: Critical Perspectives, Alternative Mappings. Routledge, pp. 117-139. ISBN 9781138577138

Poller, T. (2017) Cults Loch 4; promontory fort - geophysical survey. In: Cavers, G. and Crone, A. (eds.) A Lake Dwelling in its Landscape: Iron Age settlement at Cults Loch, Castle Kennedy, Dumfries & Galloway. Oxbow Books: Oxford, pp. 137-139. ISBN 9781785703737

Poller, T. and Cavers, G. (2017) Cults Loch 5; the palisaded enclosure - geophysical survey. In: Cavers, G. and Crone, A. (eds.) A Lake Dwelling in its Landscape: Iron Age settlement at Cults Loch, Castle Kennedy, Dumfries & Galloway. Oxbow Books: Oxford, pp. 154-155. ISBN 9781785703737

Barrowman, R. C. and Poller, T. (2015) Area C results. In: Barrowman, R. C. (ed.) Dùn Èistean, Ness: the excavation of a clan stronghold. Acair Ltd: Stornoway, pp. 137-145. ISBN 9780861525393

Poller, T. (2015) Gazetteer, Geophysical Survey. In: Barrowman, C. (ed.) The Archaeology of Ness: results of the Ness archaeological landscape survey. Acair Ltd: Stornoway, pp. 113-115. ISBN 9780861525348

Barrett, J.H. et al. (2012) Quoygrew and its landscape context. In: Barrett, J.H. (ed.) Being an Islander: production and identity at Quoygrew, Orkney, AD 900-1600. McDonald Institute Monographs: Cambridge, pp. 25-44. ISBN 9781902937618

Poller, T. (2012) Scottish Blackhouses: archaeological imaginings. In: Janowski, M. and Ingold, T. (eds.) Imagining Landscapes: Past, Present and Future. Ashgate: Farnham, pp. 39-58. ISBN 9781409429715

Research Reports or Papers

Poller, T. and Petersen, G. (2016) Millhaugh (MH14.4) Geophysical Survey Data Report 2016. SERF Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

Poller, T. and Campbell, E. (2015) Dun Knock Excavations 2015 Data Structure Report. SERF Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

Poller, T. (2015) Ogle Hill Geophysical Survey Data Report 2015. SERF Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

Poller, T. (2015) Ogle Hill Excavations 2015 Data Structure Report. SERF Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

Poller, T. (2014) Wester Clevage Geophysical Survey Data Report 2014. SERF Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

Poller, T. and MacIver, C. (2014) Castle Law Excavations 2014 Data Structure Report. SERF Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

Poller, T. (2013) Castle Law Excavations 2013 Data Structure Report. SERF Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

Poller, T. (2013) Castle Law Excavations 2013 Data Structure Report. SERF Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

Banks, I. , Pollard, T. and Poller, T. (2006) Leith Open Spaces Project (Leith siege works) Geophysics. Project Report. Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division.

Conference Proceedings

Cuenca-Garcia, C. , Jones, R. , Hall, A. and Poller, T. (2013) From the Air to the Atomic Level of a Ditch: Integrating Geophysical and Geochemical Survey Methods at the Prehistoric Cropmark Complex of Forteviot (Perthshire, Scotland). In: 10th International Conference on Archaeological Prospection (AP2013), Vienna, Austria, 29 May - 2 Jun 2013, pp. 129-133.

Website

Poller, T. , Watterson, A., Baxter, K., Anderson, J. and Duncan, K. (2016) Designing Digital Engagements: The SERF Hillforts Project. [Website]

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Supervision

  • Collotto, Lucia
    THE LONG TRAIL OF INCENSE
  • Craig, Orla
    The Archaeological, Landscape and Historical Context of the Galloway Hoard