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Steve is a Reader in Archaeology at the University of Bradford, where his research has focused on the archaeology of North Atlantic Britain. He is an active member of two international research collaboratives, the North Atlantic Biocultural Organisation (NABO) and the Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance (GHEA), in 2010 he became Adjunct Research Professor for the City University of New York (CUNY). Dockrill was an invited member of the NABO International Polar Year research group: Long Term Human Ecodynamics in the Norse North Atlantic: cases of sustainability, survival, and collapse (2007-2010; funded by the US National Science Foundation). He has lectured widely on his research, both nationally and internationally, within the context of these research groups (most recently he was invited to contribute a paper at the 2012 Society of American Archaeologist’s conference held in Memphis). In 2008 Dockrill co-organised the NABO conference Archaeological Futures: A Research Agenda for the North Atlantic held in Bradford. Since 1984 he has led field programmes in Orkney, Shetland and the Faroe Islands. These include Tofts Ness, Sanday, Orkney (1984-88), South Nesting (1991-1994). Since 1995 Steve has directed excavations at Old Scatness (an Iron Age village) in collaboration with the Shetland Amenity Trust, winning the Virgin Award for best Public Presentation of Archaeology. The site has featured in the national press, on national television and radio documentaries (e.g. ‘Mysteries of the Landscape’ and ‘Science Now’). Steve is currently Directing the Gateway to the Atlantic Project an international research based field school with Dr Julie Bond investigating the archaeology of the Island of Rousay, Orkney.


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleIslands of change vs. islands of disaster: Managing pigs and birds in the Anthropocene of the North Atlantic (2015)
AuthorsBrewington S.;Hicks M.;Edwald Á.;Einarsson Á.;Anamthawat-Jónsson K.;Cook G.;Ascough P.;Sayle K.;Arge S.;Church M.;Bond J.;Dockrill S.;Friðriksson A.;Hambrecht G.;Juliusson A.;Hreinsson V.;Hartman S.;Smiarowski K.;Harrison R.;McGovern T.
TitleThe Vikings were not the first colonizers of the Faroe Islands (2013)
AuthorsMike J. Church a, *, Símun V. Arge b, Kevin J. Edwards c, d, Philippa L. Ascough e, Julie M. Bond f, Gordon T. Cook e, Steve J. Dockrill f, Andrew J. Dugmore g, Thomas H. McGovern h, Claire Nesbitt a, Ian A. Simpson i
JournalQuaternary Science Reviews
PublisherElsevier B.V.
TitleThe Vikings were not the first colonizers of the Faroe Islands (2013)
AuthorsChurch M.;Arge S.;Edwards K.;Ascough P.;Bond J.;Cook G.;Dockrill S.;Dugmore A.;McGovern T.;Nesbitt C.;Simpson I.
JournalQuaternary Science Reviews
TitleStrategic and sporadic marine consumption at the onset of the Neolithic: increasing temporal resolution in the isotope evidence (2013)
AuthorsMontgomery, Janet; Beaumont, Julia; Jay, Mandy; Keefe, K.; Gledhill, Andrew R.; Cook, G.T.; Dockrill, Stephen J.; Melton, Nigel D.
TitleThe integration of chronological and archaeological information to date building construction: an example from Shetland, Scotland, UK. (2010)
AuthorsOutram, Zoe; Batt, Catherine M.; Rhodes, E.J.; Dockrill, Stephen J.
TitleSustainability and Resilience in Prehistoric North Atlantic Britain: The Importance of a Mixed Paleoeconomic System (2009)
AuthorsDockrill, Stephen J.; Bond, Julie M.
JournalJournal of the North Atlantic
TitleBayesian methods applied to the interpretation of multiple OSL dates: high precision sediment ages from Old Scatness Broch excavations, Shetland Isles. (2009)
AuthorsRhodes, E.J.; Bronk Ramsey, C.; Outram, Zoe; Batt, Catherine M.; Willis, Laura H.; Dockrill, Stephen J.; Bond, Julie M.
TitleAnthrosols in Iron Age Shetland. (2008)
AuthorsGuttmann, E.B.; Simpson, I.A.; Nielsen, N.; Dockrill, Stephen J.
TitleAnthrosols in Iron Age Shetland: Implications for arable and economic activity (2008)
AuthorsGuttmann E.;Simpson I.;Nielsen N.;Dockrill S.
JournalGeoarchaeology - An International Journal
TitleThe management of arable land from prehistory to the present: Case studies from the northern Isles of Scotland (2006)
AuthorsGuttmann E.;Simpson I.;Davidson D.;Dockrill S.
JournalGeoarchaeology - An International Journal
TitleTime and Place: A new chronology for the origin of the broch based on the scientific dating programme at the Old Scatness Broch, Shetland. (2006)
AuthorsDockrill, Stephen J.; Batt, Catherine M.; Outram, Zoe
TitleQuaternary Science Reviews (2003)
AuthorsRhodes E.;Bronk Ramsey C.;Outram Z.;Batt C.;Willis L.;Dockrill S.;Bond J.
JournalQuaternary Science Reviews
TitleJoined-up archaeology at Old Scatness, Shetland: Thin section analysis of the site and hinterland (2003)
AuthorsGuttmann E.;Simpson I.;Dockrill S.
JournalEnvironmental Archaeology
TitleThe potential for dating the old Scatness site, Shetland, by optically stimulated luminescence (2001)
AuthorsBurbidge C.;Batt C.;Barnett S.;Dockrill S.
TitleInterpreting early land management through compound specific stable isotope analyses of archaeological soils (1999)
AuthorsSimpson I.;Bol R.;Bull I.;Evershed R.;Petzke K.;Dockrill S.
JournalRapid Communications In Mass Spectrometry
TitleOrganic geochemical evidence for the origin of ancient anthropogenic soil deposits at Tofts Ness, Sanday, Orkney (1999)
AuthorsBull I.;Simpson I.;Dockrill S.;Evershed R.
JournalOrganic Geochemistry
TitleCompound-specific δ15N amino acid signals in palaeosols as indicators of early land use: A preliminary study (1997)
AuthorsSimpson I.;Bol R.;Dockrill S.;Petzke K.;Evershed R.
JournalArchaeological Prospection
TitleScatness, shetland: An integrated survey of a multiperiod settlement mound (1995)
AuthorsDockrill S.;Bond J.;Crummett J.;Heron C.
JournalArchaeological Prospection
Other Journal
TitleThe 2018 excavations at Swandro (2019)
AuthorsStephen Dockrill
JournalOrkney Archaeology Review
PublisherOrkney Archaeology Society
TitleBetween land and sea: Beneath the beach at Swandro, Rousay. (2018)
AuthorsStephen Dockrill & Julie Bond
JournalOrkney Archaeology Review
PublisherOrkney Archaeology Society
TitleExcavations at Old Scatness, Shetland. Volume 3: The Post-medieval township (2019)
AuthorsDockrill, Stephen J.; Bond, Julie M.; Turner, V.E.; Brown, L.D.; Bashford, D.J.; Cussans, Julia E.; Nicholson, R.A.
TitleExcavations at Old Scatness, Shetland, Volume 2: The Broch and Iron Age Village (2015)
AuthorsDockrill, Stephen J.; Bond, Julie M.; Turner, V.E.; Brown, L.D.; Bashford, D.J.; Cussans, Julia E.; Nicholson, R.A.
TitleExcavations at Old Scatness, Shetland. Volume 1: The Pictish Village and Viking Settlement (2010)
AuthorsDockrill, Stephen J.; Bond, Julie M.; Turner, V.E.; Brown, L.D.; Bashford, D.J.; Cussans, Julia E.; Nicholson, R.A.
TitleOld Scatness excavation manual: A case study in archaeological recording. (2008)
AuthorsDockrill, Stephen J.; Bond, Julie M.; Turner, V.E.; Brown, L.D.
TitleInvestigations on Sanday. Vol 2. Tofts Ness: An island landscape through 3000 years of Prehistory Orcadian (2007)
AuthorsDockrill, Stephen J.; Bond, Julie M.; Nicholson, R.A.; Smith, A.N.
Book Chapters
TitleViking settlement and Pictish estates: new evidence from Orkney and Shetland (2016)
AuthorsBond, Julie M.; Dockrill, Stephen J.
JournalShetland and the Viking World: Proceedings of the Seventeenth Viking Congress
PublisherShetland Heritage Publications
TitleThe prehistoric village of Old Scatness: a research study in longevity, ecodynamics, and interactions (2014)
AuthorsDockrill, Stephen J.; Bond, Julie M.
JournalHuman eco dynamics in the North Atlantic; a collaborative model of humans and nature through time.
PublisherLexington Books
TitlePower Over Time: An Overview of the Old Scatness Broch Excavations (2004)
AuthorsDockrill, Stephen J.; Batt, Catherine M.
TitleBrochs, Economy and Power (2002)
AuthorsDockrill, Stephen J.