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April 2019

Unlocking the Secrets of Our Past

April 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Museum Scotland Auditorium, use main entrance,
Chambers Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1JF United Kingdom
Images of scientists and technicians working on radio carbon dating techniques at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, Glasgow. Images requested by Lisa Brown. Iain Murdoch

Saturday 13 April (3pm). National Museum of Scotland auditorium, Edinburgh. Discuss and explore how science, technology and innovation in archaeology are used to unlock secrets of the past, with the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland’s Fellows Dr Alison Sheridan and Dr Lisa Brown, chaired by theoretical physicist, science author and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili. Presented and organised by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, as part of the 2019 Edinburgh International Science Festival. Free but booking required. For information and…

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St Kilda’s Secrets: A Minecraft Adventure

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
National Museum Scotland, use main entrance,
Chambers Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1JF United Kingdom

Thursday 18 April (10am – 5pm), drop-in and free. National Museum of Scotland, Hawthornden Court. With Dig It! Unlock St Kilda’s secrets for the first time in Minecraft! On World Heritage Day explore a digital reconstruction of one of Scotland’s six World Heritage Sites and experience life on the extreme western frontier of Europe. From the Bronze Age to the 20th century, discover the hidden story of the prisoner of St Kilda and uncover the archaeology of the island’s prehistoric…

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Lord Seaforth (1754-1815): Highland Landowner, Caribbean Governor and Slave Owner

April 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery,
Castle Wynd
Inverness, IV2 3EB United Kingdom

Lecture given by Finlay McKichan FSA Scot Thursday 18 April (6.30pm reception for 7pm lecture) N.B. Venue change! The lecture will now take place in the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (IMAG) on Castle Wynd, Inverness, IV2 3EB, not the Town House as previously stated. The time and date remain the same. Holding the lecture in the IMAG gives opportunity for a few items from the collection not usually on public display but related to the subject of the lecture…

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May 2019

Rhind Lectures 2019


Professor David Breeze OBE, BA, PhD, Hon DLitt, FSA, Hon FSA Scot, FRSE, Hon CIfA Hadrian’s Wall: A Study in Archaeological Exploration and Interpretation Hadrian's Wall was written about even when it was still in use as a frontier. Interest continued through the next 1000 years, but it was the spirit of enquiry generated by the Renaissance which led to more focussed study. Once archaeological excavations started, the pace quickened. Now we have an enormous data base even though only about 5% of…

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Archaeological Research in Progress 2019

May 25 @ 9:15 am - 5:30 pm
Royal Society of Edinburgh,
22-26 George Street
Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ United Kingdom

Planning is underway for the Archaeological Research in Progress (ARP) conference which will take place on Saturday 25 May 2019  in Edinburgh. The Society is managing the event this year (with our partners Archaeology Scotland) and we are keen to put together a programme reflecting the most exciting new research findings and best practise in archaeology from across Scotland and beyond.  If you would like to take part in this highlight of the archaeology calendar please see the Call for…

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