Tom Gardner (MA, MSc(R), FSA Scot)

PhD Student - Archaeology

  • School of History, Classic and Archaeology

Contact details



William Robertson Wing Old Medical School, 4 Teviot Pl

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I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a 1st class MA (Hons.) degree in archaeology in 2014, completed an MSc by Research at Edinburgh with distinction in 2015, and am now studying for a PhD in Archaeology funded by the Carnegie Trust from September 2015. I am an avid fieldworker, and attept to spend as much of my time when not directly researching, on excavations across the country.


MA Hons. 1st class, University of Edinburgh 2014

MSc by Research with distinction, University of Edinburgh 2015

BASP Qualified 1st Aider, 2015

Responsibilities & affiliations

Project Officer, Bamburgh Research Project (2014-Present)

Member of the Association of Environmental Archaeologists

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland


Current research interests

My current PhD research is centered on the geoarchaeology of burnt mounds across Great Britain and Ireland, focusing on depositional sequences and seasonality using thin section micromorphology from burnt mound deposits and related soils. Beyond this, I research the socio-economic of Neolithic and Bronze Age societies across North-Western Europe, and organise the excavation of a series of dryland and wetland archaeological sites within the Bradford Kaims valley in north Northumberland.

Project activity

Bamburgh Research Project, Bradford Kaims Excavations (2013-Present)

Blythe Beach Landscape, with Historic England and CiTIZAN (2016)

Meur Burnt Mound, with SCAPE and Orkney College UHI (2016)


Current project grants

PhD Scholarship from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (2015-2018)