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ScARF Skills Building Workshop: Lithics

30th January 2017 | Categories: Research, ScARF, Up and coming events

Throughout 2017 and 2018, ScARF will be hosting a programme of free to attend workshops for those working in archaeology and museums with the aim of encouraging collaboration and building on existing skills within the sector. The aim is to take the workshops across the country so that as many people as possible have the…

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Research in Progress 2017

25th January 2017 | Categories: Conference, Research, Up and coming events

Archaeological Research in Progress Day Conference Planning is underway for the Archaeological Research in Progress (ARP) conference which will take place on Saturday 27 May 2017  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 best practise and…

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Stunning Artwork Launches Scottish Archaeology Celebrations

19th January 2017 | Categories: Up and coming events

A Glasgow-based artist has brought new life to six stories from the Mesolithic to Victorian era as part of Dig It! 2017 Dig It! 2017, the year-long celebration of Scottish archaeology, commissioned the artwork as the centrepiece for their event programme. The printed teaser programme features 49 events and is available across Scotland, while the…

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Three new SAIR papers now available

4th January 2017 | Categories: Publications

We’re pleased to start 2017 with three new Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports, available now through ADS. The latest papers to be added to our Open Access collection, which publishes significant excavation reports and large-scale surveys, present the results of an extensive sequence of archaeological investigations from the landscape of Loch Tay; the discovery of two Early Bronze…

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Available Now! Three new SAIR papers

9th December 2016 | Categories: Publications

We are pleased to announce that three new Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports are now available, Open Access, through ADS. SAIR publishes and records significant excavation reports and large-scale surveys on a Trusted Data Repository, ensuring current and future access to this important material. The latest collection presents findings from excavations in Edinburgh, Argyll and Forres….

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Welcome to new Fellows

1st December 2016 | Categories: Lecture

At the successful Anniversary Meeting and AGM of the Society on St Andrews Day all the proposed Fellows were successfully elected – congratulations to them all!  New Fellow packs are being sent out this week and we look forward to seeing you at future events or hearing from you at any time.  Please see the…

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Available Now! PSAS 145

24th November 2016 | Categories: Publications

The Society is pleased to announce that Volume 145 of the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland is available now to Fellows via ADS. We are also delighted that this year’s journal contains four Gold Open Access papers, which are available to all. Please see the Table of Contents for this year’s Proceedings…

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Scottish History Society publications free to view

15th November 2016 | Categories: Publications, Research

The Scottish History Society, in collaboration with the National Library of Scotland, have made sources available that are vital to the study, writing and teaching of Scotland’s history.  Containing more than 180 volumes in total, the six series cover all periods from the 12th to the 20th centuries and a very wide range of topics. …

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Open Access Week and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

25th October 2016 | Categories: Publications, ScARF

Open Access Week, now in its eighth year, is taking place this year from October 24th-30th. The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland fully supports Open Access publication. This is because we want our authors’ research to reach as wide an audience as possible, and our readers to have free access to as much of our…

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Dig It! TV team of volunteers awarded commendation

24th October 2016 | Categories: Uncategorised

Thanks to the dedicated Dig It! TV team of volunteers spending hours researching, writing, presenting, directing, filming and editing each video Dig It! TV was shortlisted for the ‘Sharing and Celebrating’ category, along with the fantastic Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust and The Friends of Kinneil, in this year’s Scottish Heritage Angel Awards. The award ceremony took place last…

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2016 Rhind Lectures now online!

24th October 2016 | Categories: Lecture, Research

The 2016 Rhind Lectures by Professor Roey Sweet are now available to view from our Resources section of the website.  Head there now and enter “Rhind” into the search box! “Antiquaries, archaeologists and the invention of the historic town c.1700-1860” was presented by Professor Roey Sweet, University of Leicester, Centre for Urban History.  The lectures were…

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Newly released: Future Thinking on Carved Stones in Scotland

26th August 2016 | Categories: Publications, Research, ScARF

The latest report to be added to the ScARF family is Future Thinking on Carved Stones in Scotland. This freely available resource was created by Dr Sally Foster (University of Stirling) and Dr Katherine Forsyth (University of Glasgow), with co-authors Dr Susan Buckham (University of Stirling) and Dr Stuart Jeffrey (Glasgow School of Art), although over 50…

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Come and buy our books at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

17th August 2016 | Categories: Publications

We are pleased to announce that a selection of our titles is available at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. If you are in Edinburgh this month, do drop by the festival bookshop and see first-hand our latest publications, including Bearsden: A Roman Fort on the Antonine Wall, Portmahomack on Tarbat Ness: Changing Ideologies in North-east…

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ScARF Student Bursary Report: 14C and Archaeology report #5

1st August 2016 | Categories: Research, ScARF, Student Report

After finishing a Master at the University of Granada (Spain), I started a PhD at the same university, focused on the use of radiocarbon dating in Archaeology. In particular, we decided to undertake a radiocarbon dating program to explore the chronology and temporality of the megalithic phenomenon in South-eastern Iberia. Despite the extremely rich megalithic…

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ScARF Student Bursary Report: 14C and Archaeology report #4

1st August 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research, ScARF, Student Report

Steering towards the final phase of my PhD, I am very grateful for receiving the student bursary from the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework, which enabled me to attend and present at the 8th International Symposium of 14C & Archaeology in Edinburgh. The smoothly organised symposium was spread out over five days, two of which were…

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ScARF Student Bursary Report: Nordic Research Network Seminar#2

1st August 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research, ScARF, Student Report

The Nordic Research Network (NRN) Conference held at the University of Glasgow in May 2016 was my very first conference. It came on the heels of my graduation with a second master’s degree from the same institution and could not have been more perfectly timed. I was beginning to feel the unease that so many…

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ScARF Student Bursary Report: 14C and Archaeology report #3

1st August 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research, ScARF, Student Report

I am really grateful to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and to the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework for supporting my participation in the 8thInternational Symposium on 14C & Archaeology in Edinburgh. Particularly, I carried out a conference track under the title “Tell me when: The chronology of the Neolithic necropolis “Bòbila Madurell-Can Gambús” in…

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ScARF Student Bursary Report: 14C and Archaeology report #2

22nd July 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research, ScARF, Student Report

As a 3rd year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh I am approaching the end of my doctoral studies, but also the start of an independent career as a researcher. Attending conferences is a great way to stay up-to-date with new discoveries and modern techniques, learn about the work conducted by colleagues, and to…

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ScARF Student Bursary Report: 14C and Archaeology report #1

14th July 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research, ScARF, Student Report

I joined the Italian Archaeological Mission at Erimi Laonin tou Porakou, Limassol, Cyprus, in 2010, during my master’s degree studies. Since then, besides participating in the excavation procedures, my work has focused on the selection and preparation of samples suitable for radiocarbon dating, with the final aim of building a reliable 14C-based chronology and estimating…

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ScARF Student Bursary Report: Association of Environmental Archaeologists #5

27th June 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research, ScARF, Student Report

I’m grateful for the ScARF bursary that allowed me to attend the recent Association for Environmental Archaeology conference in Kirkwall, Orkney, and present a poster on research into prehistoric apiculture that I conducted the previous year with support from the Carnegie Trust. While I am studying my degree in Archaeology at the University of the…

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ScARF Student Bursary Report: 19th Iron Age Research Student Symposium (IARSS)

24th June 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research, ScARF, Student Report

Iron Age Iron Object Depositions in Northern England, Scotland, and Wales The Iron Age Research Student Symposium for 2016 was an excellent conference with representatives from across the United Kingdom and much further afield. The Prehistoric Society and the Prehistoric Finds Group kindly sponsored meals and the wine social on the first night of the…

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ScARF Student Bursary Report: Nordic Research Network Seminar

20th June 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research, ScARF, Student Report

I have relied greatly on the ScARF’s panel reports for the early stages of my studies, so it was a great privilege to be awarded a bursary to attend the Nordic Research Network day conference at the University of Glasgow entitled ‘Bridges Between: Norse and Insular Words AD 500-1500’, on the 4th of May 2016….

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ScARF Student Bursary Report: Prehistoric Society Europa conference

10th June 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research, ScARF, Student Report

I am very grateful to have been awarded a student bursary from the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF), to attend the Prehistoric Society’s Europa 2016 ’ Dynamics of Art, design and Vision in Iron Age Europe’ conference, held in Edinburgh in June 2016. I am currently a second year PhD student in Queens University Belfast,…

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Bearsden: a Roman fort on the Antonine Wall published

3rd June 2016 | Categories: Publications, Research

The demolition of Victorian villas in the 1970s led to the excavation of the Roman fort at Bearsden, near Glasgow, on the Antonine Wall, and the discovery of a Roman bath-house and latrine.  This new publication from the Society, by Professor David Breeze, was launched in the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow and is now on…

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Job Opportunity: we’re looking for a new Managing Editor

31st May 2016 | Categories: Appointments, Publications

We’re looking for a highly motivated individual to take overarching responsibility for the management, design, production and marketing of a mix of print and online archaeology and history resources. This varied position offers excellent breadth of experience in all aspects of academic publishing in an exciting forward-thinking environment. The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland is…

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ScARF Student Bursary Report: Association of Environmental Archaeologists #4

23rd May 2016 | Categories: Research, ScARF, Student Report

I am very grateful to ScARF for supporting my attendance to the Association for Environmental Archaeology conference 2016 in Orkney. The theme of the conference was “Islands: Isolation and connectivity”, which fits perfectly with the research I am currently working on. I am a zooarchaeologist from Iceland, but have worked on animal bones from Iceland,…

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Gardens and Enclosures Conference Report

20th May 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research, Student Report

A grant from the Society enabled the Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society to host a conference on the theme of Gardens and Enclosures. The Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society (LAMPS) is a student-led organisation based at the University of Edinburgh, with the core aim of fostering interdisciplinarity and fellowship among students of the…

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ScARF Student Bursary Report: Association of Environmental Archaeologists #3

13th May 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research, ScARF, Student Report

  I started my PhD at UCL in October 2015, looking at cetacean (whale, dolphin and porpoise) remains in medieval north-western Europe. The aim of my thesis is to look at all medieval sites in north-western Europe where cetacean remains have been uncovered and see whether it is possible to prove that active whaling was…

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Publications: Increasing the visibility of Society collections

14th April 2016 | Categories: Competition, Publications

The Publications department at the Society recently made a successful funding bid to Publishing Scotland as part of their ‘Go-Digital’ Fund. This will allow the Society to use their out-of-print books, which are currently hosted on the Archaeology Data Service servers as PDF files, as a pilot project for bringing the content of archived publications…

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ScARF Student Bursary Report: Association of Environmental Archaeologists #2

14th April 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research, ScARF, Student Report

As a postgraduate student in the final stages of completing my MSc in Archaeological Sciences, the timing could not have better to have be given the opportunity to attend the Association of Environmental Archaeology Conference in Orkney through the ScARF bursary. I am currently preparing to start on my MSc dissertation research, which concerns challenging…

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ScARF Student Bursary Report: Association of Environmental Archaeologists #1

11th April 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research, ScARF, Student Report

I began my PhD evaluating the geoarchaeology of burnt mound sites across north-western Europe in September 2015, based at the University of Edinburgh. Essentially this project aims to evaluate the sediments and microstratigraphic profile of burnt mound deposits under the microscope, using a combination of thin section micromorphology and phytolith analysis. As a study with…

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Edinburgh World Heritage seeking two new Trustees

5th April 2016 | Categories: Appointments

EWH is seeking two new Trustees to join its board. If you have a passion for heritage, the built environment and community development within a World Heritage Site, and would like to contribute your time and expertise voluntarily to a charity, then this exciting opportunity may be for you. Edinburgh World Heritage is currently looking…

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Society Grants support research into Scotland’s past

5th April 2016 | Categories: Research

The Society Council Trustees have awarded £11,667 to ten projects examining a wide range of topics from geophysical survey at Duntocher Roman fort to an environmental history of the Anglo-Scottish Union of 1707. This year there were twenty six applications for funding totalling £46,484, representing an increase of 57% in number of applications and £21,415 more…

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ScARF Student Network: Nordic Research Network bursaries available

25th March 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research, ScARF

Applications have now closed The Nordic Research Network conference 2016 ‘Bridges Between: Norse and Insular Worlds’ will take place on May the 4th 2016 in Glasgow. The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF) is offering five student bursaries to support attendance at the conference. These bursaries are designed to allow students to hear about current research in Norse and…

New Perspectives on the ‘auld alliance’: Call for Papers

New Perspectives on the ‘auld alliance’: Call for Papers

22nd March 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research

New Perspectives on the ‘auld alliance’: Scotland, France and their neighbours in the early modern era This conference will explore the multifaceted relations between Scotland and France in the period c.1450-1700. Although the main focus of the conference is the auld alliance between France and Scotland, papers addressing this relationship in the broader British Isles…

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Collecting the Nation: Scottish history, patriotism and antiquarianism after Scott, (1832-91)

16th March 2016 | Categories: Appointments, Competition, Research

The Society is delighted to support a funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership award from the University of Glasgow and National Museums Scotland.  The student will critically examine the interface between the development of modern Scottish historiographical traditions and the evolution of the collections of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, in the under-researched period 1832-1891, from the…

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Travelling Scholarship available for Australian Conference of Celtic Studies

15th March 2016 | Categories: Competition, Conference, International Fellowship, Research, Up and coming events

This year is turning into a year of the Celts: the major exhibition at the National Museums Scotland, the Europa conference by the Prehistoric Society, our own lecture on the Celts by Fellow Dr Fraser Hunter, and now an opportunity for one lucky scholar to attend the 9th Australian Conference of Celtic Studies in Sydney,…

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Job Opportunity: Fellowship and Development

11th March 2016 | Categories: Appointments

The Society is looking for someone who will deliver strategic and operational activity to support our membership (called Fellows) and increase the sustainability of the Society.  This will include day-to-day engagement with and services to Fellows and the promotion of the work of the Society.  The post-holder will be expected to increase Fellowship and related…

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Job Opportunity: ScARF Museums Project Officer

1st March 2016 | Categories: Appointments, ScARF

          The Society is looking for an enthusiastic ScARF (Scottish Archaeological Research Framework) Museums Project Officer part-time to the end of March 2018 with the possibility of extension. The postholder will be expected to drive an ambitious project to deliver outcomes for both the Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland through Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy and…

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Future Thinking on Carved Stones in Scotland: Fellows invited to to contribute

18th February 2016 | Categories: Research, ScARF

The Future Thinking on Carved Stones in Scotland: A Research Framework project is currently in the final stages of work and represents a strategic effort to link, inspire, mobilize and help direct the efforts of all those with an interest in or responsibility for carved stones in Scotland. Over the course of four workshops, the team have taken stock of existing…

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ScARF Student Network: Archaeomalacology Working Group bursaries available

18th February 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research, ScARF, Up and coming events

Please note that applications are now closed The Archaeomalacology Working Group meeting at the ‘Association for Environmental Archaeology conference 2016’ will take place from April the 5th to April the 8th 2016 in Kirkwall, Orkney. The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF) is offering three student bursaries to support attendance at the conference. These bursaries are designed to allow…

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ScARF Student Network: Bursaries available for Europa 2016: Dynamics of Art, design and Vision in Iron Age Europe

8th February 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research, ScARF

Deadline Extended! The Prehistoric Society conference, ‘Europa 2016: Dynamics of Art, design and Vision in Iron Age Europe ‘ will take place on the 3rd and 4th of June 2016 in Edinburgh. The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF) is offering nine student bursaries to support attendance at the conference. These bursaries are designed to allow students…

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Free online course on Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime

4th February 2016 | Categories: Research

A free University of Glasgow four week course starts this week that you can join at any point throughout its duration, although you may miss discussion and content joining late. The devastation caused by the trafficking of illicit antiquities and the theft of art has gained widespread public attention in recent years. Confronted with the pock-marked “lunar landscapes”…

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Prehistoric and Modern Architecture Crumble as Medieval is Crowned King

2nd February 2016 | Categories: Lecture

As part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, brochs, castles and even a high school went head-to-head at the National Museum of Scotland to determine a victor. The prehistoric, medieval and modern eras were represented by three experts, who argued for the most important architectural innovations in Scotland’s past at the event…

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ScARF Student Network: Bursaries available for the 19th Iron Age Research Student Symposium (IARSS)

29th January 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research, ScARF, Up and coming events

Applications are now closed The ‘19th Iron Age Research Student Symposium (IARSS)‘ will take place from May the 19th to May the 22nd 2016 in Leicester. The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF) is offering five student bursaries to support attendance at the conference. These bursaries are designed to allow students to hear about current research in Iron Age and…

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ScARF Student Network: Bursaries available for the 8th International Symposium on 14C & Archaeology

28th January 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research, ScARF, Up and coming events

Applications are now closed The ‘8th International Symposium on 14C & Archaeology‘ will take place from June the 27th  to July the 1st 2016 in Edinburgh. The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF) is offering five student bursaries to support attendance at the conference. These bursaries are designed to allow students to hear about current research in archaeology…

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ScARF Student Network: Bursaries available for the Association of Environmental Archaeologists conference

22nd January 2016 | Categories: Conference, Research, ScARF, Up and coming events

Please note that applications are now closed The ‘Association for Environmental Archaeology conference 2016’ will take place from April the 1st to April the 3rd 2016 in Kirkwall, Orkney. The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF) is offering seven student bursaries to support attendance at the conference. These bursaries are designed to allow students to hear…

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Death and Identity in Scotland from the Medieval to the Modern: Beliefs, Attitudes and Practices

20th January 2016 | Categories: Conference

Death and Identity in Scotland from the Medieval to the Modern: Beliefs, Attitudes and Practices will take place on Friday 29 January to Sunday 31 January 2016, New College, University of Edinburgh. This is the third in a series of multi-disciplinary conferences that aim to accelerate interest and research in Scottish death studies. The theme for 2016…

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Edinburgh Scandinavian Studies Research Seminar

20th January 2016 | Categories: Lecture

Professor Judith Jesch – University of Nottingham Vikings Beyond Boundaries: Migration and Diaspora in the Viking Age and After The Scandinavian Studies Research Seminar Series continues on Tuesday 2 February at 5.15pm with a talk by Professor Judith Jesch from the University of Nottingham. In her talk, she will detail the overseas expansion of Scandinavians…

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Publications Assistant wanted (6 month post)

15th January 2016 | Categories: Appointments

The Society is looking for someone to assist in our busy publications office for six months! The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland is a charity (Charity No. SC 010440) and independent publisher of high-quality, peer reviewed books and journals covering the entirety of Scotland’s past with a particular focus on archaeology and history. This role…

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Job Opportunity with the Society!

12th January 2016 | Categories: Appointments

The Society is looking for someone to lead Fellowship and Development, who will deliver strategic and operational activity to support the membership (called Fellows) and increase the sustainability of the Society.  This will include day-to-day engagement with and services to Fellows and the promotion of the work of the Society.  The post-holder will be expected to increase…

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Udal, North Uist Project Update

17th December 2015 | Categories: Research, Uncategorised

Read the latest update on Udal from Mark Hall FSA Scot. The latest phase of post-excavation research on the smallest site (RUX6) of the Udal, North Uist has just recommenced, funded by Historic Environment Scotland and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. The main aim of the analysis and research is to produce a comprehensive account of…

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President welcomes newly elected Fellows

3rd December 2015 | Categories: Uncategorised

We are delighted to say that one hundred and sixty nine new Fellows were elected at the 2015 Anniversary Meeting on Monday 30th November! Here is our President Dr David Caldwell with some of our new Fellows. Following the formal proceedings Fellows old and new had the opportunity meet and share enthusiasm and expertise.  …

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A Tiny Enclave of Social Action – free talk 9 Dec, Edinburgh

30th November 2015 | Categories: Lecture, Uncategorised

Elizabeth Darling, Reader in Architectural History at Oxford Brookes University, will be presenting a free lecture on her research into how women contributed to the reform and transformation of urban environments from the 1890s to the 1950s. Elizabeth received a Research Grant to support her work. All Fellows are invited to attend the talk at 6.30pm,…

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ScARF Project Update: What our users think

20th November 2015 | Categories: Research

In the Autumn 2015 Society of Antiquaries of Scotland newsletter (available at http://www.socantscot.org/fellows/ if you are a Fellow), we mentioned that ScARF was undertaking a survey looking to hear what people thought of the project and maybe even provide some ideas on where work should go next. We are proud to report that the survey…

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Archaeology & Fellows at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival

22nd October 2015 | Categories: Uncategorised

Before the invention of writing, the landscape was a book of stories and meanings. Mythographer Stuart McHardy FSA Scot and archaeologist Alison Sheridan FSA Scot explore the rich archaeology of the Ballachulish ‘goddess’ and the surrounding landscape, and debate how those who lived there in centuries past might have imagined and connected with their environment….

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Underwater at Loch Kinord – ongoing research in North East Scotland

20th October 2015 | Categories: Uncategorised

Hot off the press blog from Michael Stratigos, University of Aberdeen on underwater research into Castle Island, Loch Kinord. The project was awarded a Society grant and is a great example of how we support current work in the field.

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Enjoy this conference report from a Society bursary awardee

30th September 2015 | Categories: Research, Student Report, Uncategorised

My Experience at the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) Conference, Glasgow 2015 Jessica Bownes BA(hons), MSc, PhD candidate. I joined the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC), affiliated with the University of Glasgow, as part of their burgeoning cohort of PhD students in January 2014. The focus of my research is to unpick the problem…

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2015-16 Lecture Programme – From the Forth Rail Bridge to Celts

11th September 2015 | Categories: Lecture, Uncategorised, Up and coming events

Our 2015-16 Lecture Programme  promises a rich range of topics and expert speakers. Dr Amy Blakeway, University of Kent kicks off the season with A War of Words:Propaganda in the wars of the Rough Wooings on the 12th October. Our Edinburgh lectures are moving venue to the Auditorium at the National Museum of Scotland. Lectures are…

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Death in Scotland from the Medieval to the Modern – Call for Papers

9th September 2015 | Categories: Uncategorised, Up and coming events

Second call for papers for a cross–‐disciplinary conference on Death and identity in Scotland from the medieval to the modern: beliefs, attitudes and practices Friday 29 January to Sunday 31 January 2016, New College, University of Edinburgh Full information here  

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Getting Involved by Prof Adam Cumming FSA Scot

8th September 2015 | Categories: Uncategorised

A year ago I moved back to Edinburgh on retiring as a research scientist and looked to get involved in things where I had previously been a passive observer. That sounds easier to say than it is in reality!  I have been a Fellow of the Society for over 20 years so it was one of the…

Marion O’Neil’s work comes from the Papil Stone in Shetland, and features a “bizarre and enigmatic image”: two bird-headed figures pecking a human head. ‘Papil Stone, Shetland’ was a runner-up in the ‘Putting the Art in Archaeology’ over 25 category as part of Dig Art! 2015.

Dig Art! 2015 Winners Announced

26th August 2015 | Categories: Competition

Scotland’s creative potential has been revealed as part of a nation-wide archaeology, art and photography competition. Dig Art! 2015 received hundreds of spectacular entries from across Scotland, from paintings and photographs, to cakes and cartoons. Participants ranged from five years old up all the way up to 70, and they all took their inspiration from…

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Fellowship Online Application Form now available

31st July 2015 | Categories: Uncategorised

Prospective Fellows can now apply using our new online Fellowship Application form. We hope this will streamline the process for prospective and supporting Fellows. The system will also reduce administration allowing us to change our deadline from 1st Sept to 1st Oct.  Applications submitted before the 1st Oct will be considered at the Anniversary Meeting on the 30th November.

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New Book Review Online

29th July 2015 | Categories: Uncategorised

You can now catch a review of a travel guide book on “Sacred Scotland” written by our Fellow Marianna Lines and reviewed by Adam Welfare FSA Scot in our resources section. Other book reviews can be found by searching the Resources section for Book Reviews.

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Meet Will Wyeth – EAA Society Student Bursary awardee

23rd July 2015 | Categories: Research, Student Report

We are delighted to be sponsoring ten student bursaries for early career researchers at the European Association of Archaeologists meeting in Glasgow 2-5 September. Here Will Wyeth, one of our bursary awardees, talks about his current research and what the Society support means to him. “In October 2013 I embarked on a PhD looking at…

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The Truckell Prize

22nd July 2015 | Categories: Research, Uncategorised

Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society (founded 1862) Merkland Kirkmahoe Dumfries DG1 1SY The Truckell Prize In 2009, the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society established The Truckell Prize, commemorating the late A.E. Truckell and his outstanding contribution to local studies in Dumfries and Galloway. The prize was open to undergraduate…

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Archaeological Research in Progress 2015 online

22nd July 2015 | Categories: Conference, Lecture, Research

The lectures at ARP 2015 our national conference examining recent and ongoing archaeological projects in collaboration with Archaeology Scotland are now available to view from our Resources section. The day conference was held in the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ, on Saturday 30 May 2015. The programme included sessions reflecting the…

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The Presence of Majestie – Day Conference

22nd July 2015 | Categories: Conference, Research

James V and Sir David Lyndsay Day Conference sponsored by the Heraldry Society of Scotland 19th September 2015 (9.00 coffee and registration) St Augustine’s Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL  Kate Anderson, Senior Curator SNPG   Court Portraiture  Prof Michael Bath  Furnishings  Charles Burnett, Ross Herald Extraordinary  The Arms and the Honours of Scotland  Prof…

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New book review now online: Henry Raeburn: context, reception and reputation

15th July 2015 | Categories: Research

William S. Rodner, editor of Scotia:  Interdisciplinary Journal of Scottish Studies, from the Department of History in the College of Arts and Letters at Old Dominion University, reviews this “thoughtful and often provocative” collection of essays which “attest to the current vitality of Raeburn studies” edited by Professor Viccy Coltman and Dr Stephen Lloyd. Click here for the review. Further…

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Rhind Lectures 2015 – Storytelling lecture now online

25th June 2015 | Categories: Lecture

Dr Jacqui Mulville, Cardiff University, explored how  archaeologists tell the story of the past, communicating discoveries and presenting itself to the public on Sunday 26 April at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. If you couldn’t be there in person you can now watch the lecture online. Dr Mulville’s research focuses on the field of bioarchaeology (broadly defined as…

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Edinburgh World Heritage seek new Chair of Trustees

24th June 2015 | Categories: Uncategorised

Edinburgh World Heritage are seeking a new Chair of Trustees. Edinburgh World Heritage is a charitable organisation responsible for conserving and promoting the interests of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site.  Its work includes the conservation and repair of buildings, monuments and spaces; the adaptation of historic buildings to modern life; learning,…

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Dig Art! 2015: Archaeology, Art and Photography Competition Deadline 19th July

2nd June 2015 | Categories: Competition

Closing date – Sunday 19th July. Get creative now! Grab your cameras, pencils, paintbrushes and trowels because Dig Art! 2015 is uncovering Scotland’s creative potential through archaeology. Winning entries from this art and photography competition will be exhibited as massive banners in Glasgow as part of the European Association of Archaeologists Glasgow 2015 Conference and…

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Rhinds 2015 – Archaeology and Genetics Expert Panel discussion online now

2nd June 2015 | Categories: Research, Uncategorised

The session on Archaeology and Genetics at the Rhind Lectures 2015 involved an international panel of experts. If you couldn’t make this thought provoking session do listen to it online here

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New Approaches to Historic Urban Landscapes

27th May 2015 | Categories: Up and coming events

ICOMOS-UK and ICOMOS Ireland Joint Summer Meeting and Conference 2015 Edinburgh (including special visit to the Forth Rail Bridge) Places are unfortunately limited by the number of people who can visit the bridge (for safety reasons) and because of the conference venue size. If you are interested please book with Sarah Yates quickly – sarahyates@icomos-uk.org In…

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Rhind Lectures 2015 – A Henry Rhind and Archaeology now online

27th May 2015 | Categories: Lecture, Research

Margaret Maitland delved into the fascinating life story of Alexander Henry Rhind and his pioneering contribution to archaeology on Sunday 26 April at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. If you couldn’t be there in person you can now watch the lecture online. Margaret is based at National Museums Scotland where she is curator of the Ancient Mediterranean collections, including archaeology from ancient…

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Rhind Lectures 2015 – Archaeological Resilience now online

20th May 2015 | Categories: Lecture, Research

Professor Ian Baxter explored the resilience of archaeology on Saturday 25 April at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. If you couldn’t be there in person you can now watch the lecture online. Professor Baxter is based at University Campus Suffolk where he runs the Suffolk Business School and is Professor of Historic Environment Management. He is committed to management development within the…

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Breadalbane Bling: Medieval Power Dressing in Glenlyon and Beyond

19th May 2015 | Categories: Up and coming events

Perth Museum & Art Gallery is delighted to confirm that the British Museum (supported through the generosity of the Dorset Foundation) is lending two of its magnificent medieval brooches: the 16th century Glenlyon brooch and the Pictish Breadalbane brooch. They form the centrepiece of an exciting new exhibition called: BREADALBANE BLING: MEDIEVAL POWER DRESSING IN…

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Rhind 2015 Keynote Lecture: Identity & Archaeology

14th May 2015 | Categories: Lecture, Research

Professor Audrey Horning delivered a fascinating lecture Identity & Archaeology on Fri 24 April at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. If you couldn’t be there in person you can now watch the lecture online. Professor Horning is based at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research centres on comparative colonialism and the relationship between archaeology and contemporary identity, with…

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Rhind Lectures 2015 – A sneak preview

6th May 2015 | Categories: Lecture

The Rhind Lectures 2015 footage is currently being edited and will be available on line soon. In the meantime Mallard Productions have put together this short taster to whet your appetite. Enjoy and thank you to all those Fellow and non Fellows who took part in the filming.  

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Meet the new Aberdeen & NE Section Chair and committee

28th April 2015 | Categories: Uncategorised

Congratulations to Dr Jackson Armstrong newly elected Chair of our Aberdeen & NE Section. Jackson teaches medieval and early modern history at the the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen. He is interested in Scotland and England in the period 1300-1600, and especially in the ligatures of local societies (including ideas of…

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Chief Executive of Historic Environment Scotland

24th April 2015 | Categories: Appointments

Trustees of Historic Environment Scotland are looking to appoint the first Chief Executive of the new organisation. “This is an extraordinary and exciting moment for the historic environment in Scotland as the organisation prepares to take on a new role and responsibilities from 1 October 2015.  Historic Environment Scotland (HES), established by the Historic Environment…

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EAA Student Bursaries Awarded

17th April 2015 | Categories: Research, Up and coming events

We are proud to be sponsoring 10 Student Bursaries at the EAA 2015 Congratulations to all! Mr William Wyeth, University of Stirling and RCAHMS Miss Anouk Busset, University of Glasgow Ms Siobhan Cooke, Orkney College UHI Mr Thierry Fonville, University of Southampton Ms Gill Allmond, Queen’s University Belfast Miss Jessica Bownes, SUERC, University of Glasgow…

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Robert the Bruce Tomb Reconstruction at Abbotsford

10th April 2015 | Categories: Research, Up and coming events

A  Research Grant from the Society supported a collaborative project to reconstruct the lost tomb of Robert the Bruce. Buried in Dunfermline Abbey in 1329, Bruce’s tomb was probably destroyed during the Reformation and fragments of the tomb dispersed.  An exhibition of the 3-D model and artefacts, including a fragment collected by Sir Walter Scott, will be on display…

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International Congress of Celtic Studies Booking now open!

30th March 2015 | Categories: Up and coming events

We are delighted to announce that Registration for the 15th International Congress of Celtic Studies is now open! Registration will remain open until 28 June 2015 after which it will not be possible to register to attend the Congress (either on-line or during the Congress itself). All speakers must be registered by 9 May 2015….

Connections, Networks & Contexts Conference 17th April

Connections, Networks & Contexts Conference 17th April

27th March 2015 | Categories: Up and coming events

The Society is pleased to be supporting Connections, Networks and Contexts, the Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society conference at Edinburgh University. Bringing together emerging researchers from across the UK and beyond, the programme takes an interdisciplinary look at a fascinating range of subjects. Our President, Dr David Caldwell, will give the keynote lecture on ‘Medieval Scots:a…

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Who’s telling the stories? Free Graveyard Interpretation Workshop

26th March 2015 | Categories: Up and coming events

An innovative workshop in graveyard interpretation for graveyard ‘friends of’ groups, heritage societies and practitioners with an interest in the interpretation of burial spaces. Topics include: the principals of interpretation; engaging with your audience; using new technologies and new directions in cemetery research. 29th May 2015 at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre Booking necessary, for more information contact Adopt…

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Roman Vindolanda lecture by Dr Andrew Birley now online

25th March 2015 | Categories: Lecture

Dr Andrew Birley attracted capacity audiences in Edinburgh and Inverness for his recent Society lecture. You can watch the lecture ‘Excavations at Vindolanda – the evidence for a Frontier constantly in transition’.  Go to our Resources section and search for “Lectures / events” or “Vindolanda”.  

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Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy consultation opens

25th March 2015 | Categories: Consultation

As part of a ten year Archaeology Strategy, Historic Scotland are asking members of the public and people in the sector for feedback on how to make archaeology more accessible and meaningful to them, by launching a twelve-week public consultation. The Scottish Government Agency are keen to hear opinions on how well the current draft…

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Society President meets Australian Fellows

4th March 2015 | Categories: International Fellowship

Our President Dr David Caldwell had the pleasure of meeting Australian Fellows at their second annual dinner in Melbourne.

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Archaeological Research in Progress programme announced

4th March 2015 | Categories: Up and coming events

From Mesolithic and Neolithic activity in the Cairngorms to the demise of an eighteenth century drovers’ inn our national conference on recent research in Scotland covers a wide range of locations and chronological periods.

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2015 Rhind Lectures programme announced

21st November 2014 | Categories: Up and coming events

British Archaeology: its progress and demands, was published by Rhind in 1858. Taking this key work as the overarching theme sessions will explore a range of topics through an engaging programme of talks and panel discussions.

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