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Miss Li Zhong Sou

PositionResearch Student
LocationRichmond building, room K34
DepartmentArchaeological Sciences
Blog AddressVisit my blog

Research Interests (key words only)

Iron Age Britain, Photogrammetry, Laser Scanning, Digital Documentation, 3D Data, Later Prehistory, Remote Sensing, Archaeological Survey.


I am an Archaeologist and PhD candidate at the University of Bradford, on the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme. My partner institution is Historic Environment Scotland.

My research is on the application of digital documentation methods on three well-known Iron Age brochs on Shetland; Jarlshof, Mousa and Old Scatness. Using the latest 3D imaging techniques (laser scanning and SFM photogrammetry), I am comparing these new datasets to existing archives and historical records of the brochs, to better understand, disseminate and preserve these important monuments.

My research interests include geospatial imaging, remote sensing and its application in archaeology, the dissemination of heritage and archaeology to non-specialists and later prehistory, with a particular emphasis on monuments of the British Iron Age.

My undergraduate research (at Durham University) focussed on digital analysis of Neo-Assyrian carved stone sculptures. My Master's dissertation examined the historiographical interpretations and understandings of British oppida sites from Historic Environment Records (HERs) across Britain, and how past trends have influenced modern understandings of these monuments.

Study History

  • MA Archaeology, 2015, Durham University.
  • BA (Hons) Archaeology, 2014, Durham University.

Professional History

  • CIfA Specialist Placement in Geospatial Imaging Techniques, 2015-2016, Historic England.
  • Field Archaeologist, 2014, Cotswold Archaeology.

Professional Activities

Member of:

  • CIfA (Chartered Institute for Archaeologists).
  • CAA (Computing Applications in Archaeology).

Research Areas

Thesis Title: Visualising the Crucible of Shetland’s Broch Building - The Role of Digital Documentation in Supporting the Active Conservation and Presentation of Shetland’s Heritage

Abstract: My PhD will explore the potential of 3D digital documentation in support of the active conservation and management of three important archaeological sites in Shetland – Jarlshof, Mousa and Old Scatness. Not only will these methods help to inform the development of an integrated Management Plan for these sites placed on the UK Tentative List of Potential Sites for World Heritage Nomination in 2011, but they will also serve as a basis for monitoring site stability and offer novel approaches to site interpretation. My PhD is funded by AHRC and part of the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership between the University of Bradford and Historic Environment Scotland. The project aligns with Historic Environment Scotland’s strategic priorities to Investigate and Record, Care and Protect, and Share and Celebrate.

Parties involved:

Heritage Organisation: HES
Heritage organisation supervisors: Lead heritage organisation supervisor: Dr Lyn Wilson, Digital Documentation Manager, Conservation Directorate
Second heritage organisation supervisor: Dr Ewan Hyslop, Head of Science, Sustainability and Technical Research, Conservation Directorate

Higher Education Institution (HEI): University of Bradford
Lead HEI supervisor: Dr Andrew Wilson, Senior Lecturer (co-director of Bradford Visualisation)
Second HEI supervisor: Dr Steve Dockrill, Senior Lecturer (Director Old Scatness Project)/Dr Julie Bond (co-director Old Scatness Project)

Other partner organisation involved: Shetland Amenity Trust
Other organisation supervisor: Dr Val Turner


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