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We have participated in and developed numerous community based projects and research projects, and have provided archaeological solutions to private clients as well as large companies. All these experiences have provided us with a background that enables us to offer you sound and cost-effective solutions and strategies for any archaeological work that you are faced with undertaking. No one wishes to pay more than necessary for work that does not directly contribute to the value of their development.
This is why we seek to keep our overheads low and work with you to fulfil the planning conditions within your budget. We also explain all the work to you and find approaches to keep your costs down. At the same time, though, we take pride in doing good work and producing reports that also have a research value and therefore advances our understanding of the archaeological and historical heritage of a region. When you choose to work with us, you help support the study of the rich and diverse heritage of the Tyne-Forth region.
We began our archaeological research on the introduction of agriculture to South Scandinavia, focusing on the changes in mortuary practices that occurred across the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Denmark, Sweden and northern Germany. This led to participation on projects in South Scandinavia, and ultimately research positions on academic projects carried out on the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition on the Danish islands of Sejerø and Møn. An additional aspect to our studies on the Stone Age hunter-gatherers in Michigan. Here we participated on the Flat River Project in central Michigan and undertook excavations at Norwood, investigating the chert quarries. An interest in the cultural connexions across the North Sea led us to study the hunter-gatherer occupation of the British Isles. This began in the Vale of Pickering, but resulted in a research associated position at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the Howick Project, which was concerned with the excavation of the remains of a house over ten millennia old. Since then, we have moved into the study of other periods, but our interest remains very much fixated on the fascinating material lying between the River Tyne and the Firth of Forth.
Our first language is Danish and therefore we have a good understanding of Swedish and Norwegian. We have undertaken translations of books and papers into English for colleagues and have been asked to edit numerous publications and dissertations. If you require a Scandinavian language translator,we are always pleased to provide you with assistance.
Our research interests are wide and varied. Most of the research has concerned hunter-gatherers in South Scandinavia and the British Isles, but also in the Great Lakes region of North America. In addition to this, we have studied the Medieval fisheries in North Northumberland and are developing Viking Age research in the North West Highlands of Scotland. Here is a list of the research that we have been involved in:
- North Northumberland Sea Fisheries Heritage Project
- Paxton Before the House Project
- Bradford Kames Wetland Project
- Flat River Research Project
We have raised research money through English Heritage, the European Union LEADER fund, and the Heritage Lottery Fund. At the moment, we have submitted applications to Historic Scotland to pursue studies of the drained wetlands in the Scottish Borders.
Bennet, M. and K. L. R. Pedersen. 2000. A Neolithic Polished Flint Axehead from Near Louth. Lincolnshire History and Archaeology 35: 56. Pedersen, K. 2007. A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of the Lithic Material from the Mesolithic Structure at Howick. In (editor) C. Waddington. The Howick Project: A Mesolithic Dwelling on the Northumberland Coast. London: English Heritage. Pedersen, K. & C. Waddington. 2007. The Howick Site in Its North Sea Context. In (editor) C. Waddington. The Howick Project: A Mesolithic Dwelling on the Northumberland Coast. London: English Heritage. Pedersen, K. & C. Waddington (editors). 2007. The Late Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of the North Sea Littoral: Recent Developments in Research. Papers Presented at the Conference Held at NewcastleuponTyne, May 2003. Oxford: Oxbow Books Milner, N., O. Craig, G. Bailey, K. Pedersen & S.H. Andersen. 2004. Something Fishy in the Neolithic ? An Assessment of the Use of Stable Isotopes in the Reconstruction of Subsistence. Antiquity 78 (299) Waddington, C., G. Bailey, I. Boomer, N. Milner, K. Pedersen, R. Shiel & T. Stevenson. 2003. A Mesolithic Hut at Howick, on the Northumberland Coast. Archaeologia Aeliana 20031118
We deliver many lectures: to community groups, academic gatherings, and also as courses. The courses are delivered principally through the Office of Lifelong Learning at the University of Edinburgh, but we also provide lecture series locally. The local lectures have been delivered on behalf of the Berwick Educational Association, the Lowick History Society, East Lothian County Council and Northumberland County Council. Lectures to community groups and amateur societies have been delivered throughout the United Kingdom. If you are interested in attending any of our lectures, or having us deliver a course or talk to your organisation, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kristian L.R. Pedersen
1 West Mill Cottage
Edrington Castle Farm
Berwickshire, TD15 1UY
Telephone : +44 (0)1289 386 734
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