Disrupting the heritage of place: practising counter-archaeologies at Dumby, Scotland


Hale A, Fisher A, Hutchinson J, Jeffrey S, Jones S, Maxwell M & Stewart Watson J (2017) Disrupting the heritage of place: practising counter-archaeologies at Dumby, Scotland. World Archaeology, 49 (3), pp. 372-387.

The notion of counter-archaeology is echoed by the opposing faces of the volcanic plug of Dumbarton Rock, Scotland. On the one side is the ‘official’ heritage of Dumbarton Castle, with its upstanding seventeenth-century military remains and underlying occupation evidence dating back to at least the eighth centuryad. On the other side lies a landscape of climbing, bouldering and post-industrial abandonment. This paper develops counter-archaeology through the climbing traditions and boulder problems at Dumbarton Rock and brings to the surface marginalized forms of heritage. Climbers and archaeologists have co-authored the paper as part of a collaborative project, which challenges the binary trope of researcher and researched and provides a model for a collaborative, co-designed and co-produced counter-archaeology.

Dumbarton Rock; climbing; 3D; collaboration; ACCORD; archaeology

World Archaeology: Volume 49, Issue 3

FundersArts and Humanities Research Council
Publication date31/12/2017
Publication date online15/06/2017
Date accepted by journal01/05/2017
PublisherTaylor and Francis