Staff Profile:Dr Darko Maricevic


Field Director on Islay Heritage projects involving research excavations, archaeological and geophysical surveys, community archaeology, education and outreach, including Dunyvaig Project community excavation and field school.

Areas of Interest:
  • Landscape and field archaeology
  • Hebridean archaeology and history
  • Prehistoric Britain and Ireland
  • Archaeological prospection
  • Public archaeology
  • Craft production and processes
Research groups / Centres:

Key Facts:

Darko’s affiliation with the Department of Archaeology stretches back for more than twenty years to his undergraduate studies. Having earned his degree in Reading he joined Oxford Archaeological Unit (now Oxford Archaeology) where he was involved in a range of important commercial archaeological projects spanning all periods of human past from the Palaeolithic to the modern day. He remained affiliated with the University of Reading throughout this period as a supervisor at the Silchester Field School. After six years in commercial sector he returned to the University to undertake his PhD studies on the Later Prehistory of Tiree and Coll in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland, thus starting his ongoing interest and research in the Hebridean archaeology and a string of fieldwork projects on Tiree, Coll, Mull and Islay.

During his PhD studies in the Hebrides he also became involved with the excavation of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A settlement site WF16 in Wadi Faynan, Jordan, a project on which he continued to work as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Reading during two separate stints.

In between he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Southampton on the HERA-funded project ‘Creativity and Craft Production in the Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe (CinBA)’, within which he studied ceramic bird iconography in Bronze Age Europe.

Most recently Darko has co-directed the excavation of the Neolithic chambered cairn Slochd Meseach (Giant’s Grave) on Islay and is now Director of Archaeology Islay Heritage, an Islay-based charity, which aims to further the understanding and appreciation of Islay’s past through research, education, conservation and recreation. He is a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University.


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