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Archaeology around the British Isles with Phoebe Olsen 

Phoebe Olsen grew up in a small fishing village on the rugged south coast of Ireland. There she was never far from a boat and spent most of her summers out on the water in one form or another. Pursuing a degree in archaeology she completed her undergraduate in archaeology at the University College of Cork followed by a master’s degree in the Osteoarchaeology. Phoebe has spent over ten years studying and working in archaeology. For five years she worked as a field archaeologist in the UK working on a range of projects from the unearthing of a Saxon cemetery next to a Neolithic monument in Wiltshire to the excavation of Bronze Age cremation urns from Kent. She caught the travel bug and has lived in Hong Kong, the UK and Italy as well as working on an archaeological dig in Azerbaijan. Working as an expedition field staff member has seen her travel around Northern Europe, South America, Australia and the South Pacific.

In this two part talk Phoebe takes us on a tour of her favourite archaeological sites dotted around the UK coast that you can expect to see on many of our British Isles cruise itineraries.



Part I - Phoebe takes us on a tour of the Bronze-Age sites of the Isles of Scilly from Innisdgen Carn on St Mary’s and Old Man of Gugh to the thatched Gearranean Blackhouse Village on the Isles of Lewis and the Isles of Lewis Chessmen.



Part II – Continue Phoebe’s archaeological highlights tour and visit the Neolithic Orkney Islands including the Knap of Howar on the Island Papa Westray, Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar. Continuing on to the Shetland Islands visit the multiperiod site of Jarlshof which has been continuously occupied from the Neolithic period to the 1600’s.


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