I completed my PhD from the University of Glasgow titled ‘Contextualising the Cropmark Record: The timber monuments of Neolithic Scotland’ in 2009. From 2009-10 I held a short-term lectureship at the University of of Aberdeen and from 2010 have worked for Historic Environment Scotland. I am currently Aerial Survey Projects Manager at Historic Environment Scotland and Affiliate Researcher (Archaeology) at the University of Glasgow.

I am co-director of the Lochbrow Landscape Project, an archaeological survey project investigating the sites and landscapes at and around Lochbrow in Dumfries and Galloway.

My research interests include the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of Scotland, timber monumentality and the use of wood to build monuments, aerial archaeology and the interpretation of cropmarks, relationships between humans and the environment in prehistory, landscape archaeology and the integration of experiential and GIS approaches.

My publications cover themes of Neolithic Scotland, cropmark archaeology, experiential and landscape archaeology.

Other Publications


Millican, K. 2016 The timber monuments of Neolithic Scotland. Oxford: Hadrian Books. British Archaeological Reports British Series 623.


Millican, K., Goodchild, H. and Graves-McEwan, D. 2017 Monuments and Landscape: investigating a prehistoric monument complex at Lochbrow, Dumfries and Galloway. The Antiquaries Journal, 97, 27-47.

Millican, K., Dixon, P., MacInnes, L. and Middleton, M. 2017. Mapping the historic landscape of Scotland: the Historic Land-use Assessment. Landscapes, 18(1).

Millican, K. 2016 Seeing the wood in the trees: the timber monuments of Neolithic Scotland, in Brophy, K., G. MacGregor and I.B.M. Ralston (eds) The Neolithic of mainland Scotland, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Brophy, K. and Millican, K. 2015 Wood and Fire: Scotland’s timber cursus monuments. The Archaeological Journal, 172(2), 297-324.

Millican, K. and Middleton, M. 2015 The end game: As Scotland’s Historic Land-use Assessment project reaches completion what have we learned? In A. Traviglia (ed) Across Space and Time. Selected Papers from the 41st Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference (Perth, WA, 25-28 March 2013 ).

Graves McEwan, D. and Millican, K. 2012 In search of the middle ground: quantitative spatial techniques and experiential theory in archaeology. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 19(4), 491-494.

Millican, K. 2012 The outside inside: combining aerial photographs, cropmarks and landscape experience. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 19(4), 548-563.

Noble, G., Greig, M. and Millican, K. 2012 Excavations at a multi-period site at Greenbogs, Aberdeenshire, Scotland and the four-post timber architecture tradition of Late Neolithic  Britain and Ireland. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 78, 135-171.

Millican, K. 2012 Timber monuments, landscape and the environment in the Nith Valley, Dumfries and Galloway. Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 31(1), 27-46.

Millican, K. 2007 Turning in circles: a reassessment of the timber circles of Scotland, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 137, 5-34.

Millican, K. 2006 Contextualising the cropmark record: the timber monuments of the Neolithic of Scotland, AARGnews 33, 19-27.


Goodchild, H, Millican, K. and Graves McEwan, D. 2015 The Lochbrow Landscape Project 2015. Available online at https://lochbrowlandscapeproject.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/lochbrow_report_20151.pdf

Millican, K. 2014 Report of a trial of an experiential methodology at Lochbrow Sept. 2013. Available online at http://lochbrowlandscapeproject.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/experiential-lochbrow-trial-report.pdf

Goodchild, H, Millican, K. and Graves McEwan, D. 2013 The Lochbrow Landscape Project 2013. Available online at http://lochbrowlandscapeproject.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/llp_summary_results_2013.pdf

Goodchild, H, Millican, K. and Graves McEwan, D. 2012 The Lochbrow Landscape Project 2012. Available online at http://lochbrowlandscapeproject.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/lochbrow_report_2012.pdf

Goodchild, H, Millican, K. and Graves McEwan, D. 2011 The Lochbrow Landscape Project 2010-2011. Available online at http://lochbrowlandscapeproject.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/lochbrow_report_2011_final.pdf

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