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Gordon Barclay

Gordon Barclay

Gordon Barclay has worked in archaeology since he was 13, graduating from Edinburgh University in 1976 where he also gained his doctorate in 2001. He worked for Historic Scotland and its predecessors from 1977 until his retiral at the end of 2009 as Head of Policy, first of all directing excavations and then as a Principal Inspector running the archaeology and scheduling programmes. Gordon was in charge of the archaeological work in advance of the Holyrood Parliament and has written extensively about the impact of English and Scottish national identities on the writing of prehistory. For 25 years his main research interests were in the Neolithic - the period of the first farmers in Scotland - but in the last decade or so he has been investigating the defences built against invasion in 1940 and 1941. Gordon has been editor of Scotland’s premier archaeological journal, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and FORT, the journal of the Fortress Studies Group. He is married to archaeologist and arts curator Elizabeth Goring and they have a son, Adam.

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