Members will be saddened to learn of the death of William Graham Jardine known to all (except perhaps the medical profession!) as Graham, and he will be fondly remembered as a Past-President of the Society and for the contribution of his Geological discipline to Archaeology.
Educated at Glasgow University and McGill University, Montreal he completed his PhD at Cambridge University in 1957. He accepted a post in the Geology Department at Glasgow University where he took an active role in the Department moving from Lecturer through to Reader. He played a key teaching role specialising in Quaternary Geology, where the focus of his research was the understanding of sea-level change, particularly in South-western Scotland which connecting him academically to archaeology and his membership of Glasgow Archaeological Society, serving as our President from 1981-84. He is survived by a daughter and three sons and five grand-children.
Dr. Nyree Finlay, Glasgow University writes –
In his academic life, Graham Jardine made a significant contribution to understandings of Holocene shoreline developments in Scotland working at a number of localities mainly along the Solway Firth and at other sites in the south and west. Through a combination of meticulous map work, taking levels and detailed observation of stratigraphic sedimentary analysis from the excavation of hundreds of test pits and auger holes and selective dating to establish local sequences he also advanced theoretical models for quantifying the dynamic character of sea-level change. A long friendship with a former student Alex Morrison brought fruitful long-term collaborations for both of them resulting in various joint publications on prehistoric coastal environments and Mesolithic occupation including international conference contributions and field guides. The true interdisciplinary character of Graham’s work meant that archaeology was always a key dimension to his research and he personally made a number of important new discoveries of both sites and artefacts among them a later prehistoric dugout canoe at Locharbriggs, Dumfries which he jointly published with Lionel Masters.
Archaeologically he is perhaps best known for his work on Oronsay and reconstructions of the coastal geomorphology that provided an invaluable context for excavations undertaken at various 5th-4th millennia BC shell midden sites by Paul Mellars in late 1970s. During his research he identified further shell midden deposits and found a superb barbed point that he published with David Jardine his son. Conversations after a GAS lecture in 2003 led to a new collaboration with Nyree Finlay that brought together for publication his sea-level research and the lithic artefacts he had found over a 25 year period of work on Colonsay. Between 1978 and 1984 Graham had picked up the occasional flint flake from an eroded low mound on the west of the island and strongly suspected it might be a previously unreported shell midden. Subsequent research excavations by Nyree Finlay confirm that Port Lobh is indeed the first shell midden on Colonsay of comparable date to those on Oronsay. The outcomes from this work are a fitting legacy and testament to a man who has brought so much new knowledge to the investigation of coastal changes and such rich insights to our understanding of prehistoric activity.