Sam Scott-Moncrieff

Thesis title: "...there are no tribes beyond us": the construction of complex identities through Roman Iron Age architecture in Scotland and North Wales.


I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Humanities (Classical Studies and English Literature) at the Open University in 2020, graduating with first-class honours. During my study of the archaeology of Rome's northern frontier, I developed a fascination with Iron Age-Roman relations. 

After completing my undergraduate degree, I accepted an offer to study an MSc in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. During my degree I completed a broad range of courses including: Theoretical Archaeology; Conflict archaeology - materialities of violence; Conceptualising the Neolithic; Archaeological Illustration and Space, Place and Time - the archaeology of built environments. My dissertation, supervised by Dr Tanja Romankiewicz, focused on charting the profusion, distribution and chronology of complex Atlantic Roundhouses in the Scottish Lowlands, and was nominated by my school for Archaeology Scotland's annual best PGT dissertation prize. 

I am delighted to be pursuing my doctoral degree at Edinburgh, expanding architecturally and geographically on my dissertation research. 


2020 - Bachelor of Arts (First-class Honours) in Humanities (Classical Studies and English Literature), The Open University

2022 - Master of Science (with Distinction) in Archaeology, The University of Edinburgh 

Responsibilities & affiliations

Academic year 23/24:

Archaeology PGR student representative 

Postgraduate representative for Edinburgh Archaeology Outreach Project (EAOP)

Research summary

My research (building upon that of my MSc dissertation) will analyse monumental ‘complex architecture’, it’s associated artefacts and the reuse of chronologically significant locations from the Iron Ages of Lowland Scotland, Argyll & Bute, the Isle of Arran and North Wales. I shall chart changes in complex architecture use before, during and after the Roman occupation and examine whether such developments reflected changes in societal identity. In addition I will explore whether Iron Age monuments inform modern identities at local, regional, or national scales. 

Current research interests

The Iron Age in Scotland and Wales; complex Atlantic Roundhouses; crannogs; hillforts; Roman frontier zones; Iron Age-Roman interactions.