AIA Lecturer/Host: Colleen Batey
Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host Colleen Batey’s childhood passion for archaeology led her to Durham University, where she received her doctorate. Her research interests focus on the settlement and burial of Scandinavian settlers, and she has excavated extensively at Viking and Late Norse sites in northern Scotland, the Orkney and Shetland Islands and, more recently, in Iceland. Colleen worked as British coordinator with the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., to prepare the Vikings: North Atlantic Saga exhibition that toured the U.S. between 2000 and 2003. She co-authored the volume The Vikings in Scotland: The Archaeological Evidence, with James Graham-Campbell, has written over 50 scholarly articles, and has made innumerable contributions to academic volumes. She was a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Leeds, Durham, and University College in London before joining the staff as curator of archaeology for Glasgow Museums. Since 2002 Colleen has been a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Glasgow and until 2008 was the finds research manager for the Archaeological Institute of Iceland in Reykjavik. She has traveled extensively throughout her territory of expertise both as lecturer and expedition staff, including several AIA-sponsored voyages in the North Atlantic and northern Europe.