AIA Lecturer/Host: Mary MacLeod
Dr. Mary MacLeod was born in London, England, to a Scottish-Canadian family. Her father's family was from Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, and she spent a lot of time in the Hebrides as a child. Dr. MacLeod earned her B.A. from the University of Cambridge, and her M.A. from the University of York. She worked and studied in different parts of the world, including five years in Sweden, until she finished her Ph.D. at the University of Glasgow in 1999. Her publications include many articles on the archaeology of the Viking Age, and of the north of Scotland, and her unpublished dissertation explored “Scandinavian Settlement on the Isle of Lewis.” Dr. MacLeod is fluent in Swedish, and has a reading knowledge of various other languages. She began her present job as an archaeology lecturer at the University of the Highlands and Islands in 2009, after eleven years as the Regional Archaeologist for the Outer Hebrides. She lives on a family croft on the Isle of Lewis, which she runs with her husband, landscape painter Simon Rivett. Dr. MacLeod has been a popular and highly-rated lecturer on five previous AIA tours since 2002, and looks forward to sharing this in-depth exploration of Scotland’s archaeology and history with our AIA group.