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Ray Moore
Digital Archivist



Ray Moore BA (University of Wales, Lampeter), PhD (York) is a digital archivist with the Archaeology Data Service (ADS). Alongside his standard archiving duties Ray has also contributed to European projects and important infrastructural developments at the ADS. During his time at the ADS he has cultured an unhealthy obsession with the PDF format, and can often be heard expounding the pros and cons of an archiving strategy that is reliant on the PDF/A standard.

Before coming to the ADS Ray spent a number of years teaching field archaeology to undergraduate, postgraduate and extra-mural student groups as part of the University of Liverpool’s excavations at Rushen Abbey (Isle of Man), but also made brief appearances at the University of York’s excavations at Quoygrew (Westray), the Islay Cave’s Project and Heslington East. Over the years he has directed and supervised research and commercial fieldwork for the Centre for Manx Studies, where he also worked as a research assistant.

Born and bred in the Isle of Man, his interest in all things Manx led him to focus his PhD research on the Viking settlement landscapes of the island. The Isle of Man continues to be his principle focus of attention and he is currently working on research that examines the materiality of folk traditions. Purely in the interests of scientific research, he is also conducting a personal investigation into the distilling industry in Scotland.



The Viking settlement landscapes of Jurby, Isle of Man. A change in perception or a perception of change?

Ray’s doctoral thesis investigated the impact contemporary and historic identities have taken on perceptions of the Viking settlement landscapes in the British Isles (Western Scotland, Ireland and North-East England) and the Isle of Man. Following a deconstruction of existing narratives his thesis moved on to create a bottom up approach to the Viking settlement, one that focuses on a small area in the north of the Isle of Man, Jurby, where a series of pagan burials demarcate an area of Scoto-Norse/Hiberno-Norse settlement.

Unlike these perceived impartial and objective discussions of the Viking settlement Ray’s research experimented with phenomenological practice and interpretative archaeologies creating an alternative reading of the Jurby landscape. As a ‘native’ of this same landscape his research attempted to deconstruct the observer/observed, local/non-resident and insider/outsider dialectics, negate the objective in favour of the subjective and focus on local narratives and perspectives of landscape. The result was a web-based presentation that emphasised the multifarious and diverse nature of narrative amongst Jurby residents and visitors. These narratives, and the associated innate tensions, were used to create an alternative reading of Viking settlement in the area.

TT Races

Ray’s interest in the contested nature of landscape is also a feature of my more recent research which has focused on the Isle of Man TT (or Tourist Trophy) Races; one of the world oldest (1907-2013) and contentious motorcycle races. Contested over a 60.7km (37¾m) circuit of closed public roads, where participants pass within inches of houses, stone walls and street furniture and speeds reach in excess of 290kph (180mph), the event is widely regarded as motorsports most dangerous. Rising speeds have been associated with an increased frequency of accidents and consequently fatalities, with the number of riders killed standing at 137 men and women. His research has focused on the associated memorials and ‘deathscapes’ created in the aftermath of these fatalities and tensions between these and official narratives of remembering and forgetting.



Selected publications

Moore R, Richardson, M & Corkill, C (2014) 'Identity in the “Road Racing Capital of the World”: heritage, geography and contested spaces'. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 9:3. DOI: 10.1080/1743873X.2014.904318

Moore, R., Hardman, C., Xia, L., & Richards, J. (2013) ‘ADS easy: an automated e-archiving system for Archaeology’. In Archaeology in the Digital Era. Papers from the 40th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Southampton, 26-29 March 2012, Earl, G., Sly, T., Chrysanthi, A., Murrieta-Flores, P., Papadopoulos, C., Romanowska, I., & Wheatley, D., Amsterdam University Press: Amsterdam. 299-306.

Moore, R. (2013) ‘‘Death has no dominion when it is so common’: Roadside memorials at the Isle of Man TT Races’. Popular Anthropology. 4:2

Moore, R. & Evans, T. (2013) ‘Preserving the Grey Literature Explosion: PDF/A and the Digital Archive’. Information Standards Quarterly, 25:3, 20-27, DOI: 10.3789/isqv25no3.2013.04

Corkill, C. & Moore, R. (2012) ‘‘The Island of Blood’: death and commemoration at the Isle of Man TT Races’. World Archaeology, 44:2, 248-262, DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2012.669642

Moore, R. (2012) ‘The Manx Keeill and pagan iconography: Christian and pagan responses to ideological turmoil in the Isle of Man during the tenth-century’. Trowel, 13, 124-140.

Moore, R. (1999) ‘The Manx multiple estate: evidence in the Manx land system?’ (pp. 171-182). In Recent archaeological research on the Isle of Man, Ed. Davey, P.J., BAR (British) Series 278: Oxford.

Research Reports

Moore, R. (2010) ‘A Review and Analysis of the Sustainability of Digital Curation and Access to Heritage Data’. Unpublished Report for the CARARE project.

Data collections

Moore, R., & Corkill, C. (2012) ‘Memorials from the Isle of Man TT Races’ [data-set]. Archaeology Data Service [distributor] DOI: 10.5284/1016122  




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Dr Ray Moore
Digital Archivist
Archaeology Data Service
Department of Archaeology
The King's Manor

Tel: (44) 1904 323956
Fax: (44) 1904 323939