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Humanities for the Environment Member Jane Downes
Director, Archaeology Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands

Jane Downes

Professor Jane Downes, PhD, MCIfA, is director of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) Archaeology Institute based in Orkney, Scotland. Jane has a background in commercial and research fieldwork, and has developed the archaeological degree programmes within the UHI. Jane has research interests in burial archaeology, particularly cremation, and in prehistoric and islands and coastal archaeology. She also has research interests in climate change and archaeology, the management and sustainable development of landscape and cultural heritage resources (and is involved in the research of several World Heritage Sites in connection with this), and community engagement including Education for Sustainability (including an initiative to connect islands communities in Orkney and Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Jane’s research includes contributing to an understanding of prehistoric communities in the Northern Isles of Scotland through excavations at the Knowes of Trotty, Orkney Barrows and Swandro in Orkney (part of Orkney, Gateway to the Atlantic with S. Dockrill and J Bond) and currently is engaged in excavating early Neolithic settlement at Cata Sand, Orkney. Jane has also recently undertaken research in Rapa Nui into the impact of coastal erosion on the iconic monuments of the island. Jane is currently working with local communities in the Cook Islands to record and develop the distinctive archaeology present in these islands. Jane has also contributed to the ‘UNESCO World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate’ report and is a member inter alia of the Scottish Government Strategic Historic Environment Forum (SHEF) Climate Change Working Group. Further information on current projects are available at archaeologyorkney.com.

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Professor Jane Downes
The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute
Orkney College UHI
East Road|Kirkwall
Orkney | KW15 1LX
Tel: +44 (0)1856 569229