News  |  Posted December 13, 2023

Dig It! Reveals Annual List of Amazing Archaeological Discoveries

Dig It!, a hub for Scottish archaeology coordinated by the Society, has compiled their annual list of some of the biggest discoveries from the year to raise awareness of the archaeological work that takes place across the country. A possible Neolithic “hall”, a Bronze Age ritual cremation cemetery, and an “elite” Iron Age hillfort are among the most ground-breaking finds. …

News  |  Posted December 6, 2023

New Society Grant Announced!

Thanks to a generous bequest to the Society from Audrey Hensall OBE HonFSAScot, we are delighted to announce a new Grant opportunity from the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.  Reflecting Audrey Hensall’s wishes, and her research interests, the Society is pleased to announce the lunch of the Audrey Henshall Legacy Fund, a significant opportunity to fund one or more major project/s (up to a total of …

News  |  Posted November 20, 2023

Story of ancient Egyptian objects unearthed in Fife published for the first time in PSAS

The story of the remarkable discovery of a group of Egyptian objects uncovered at Melville House in Fife between 1952 and 1984 is being told in full for the first time in an article published in the upcoming Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. The 18 objects – including a statue head described by curators as a ‘masterpiece …

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Story of ancient Egyptian objects unearthed in Fife published for the first time in PSAS

The story of the remarkable discovery of a group of Egyptian objects uncovered at Melville House in Fife between 1952 and 1984 is being told in full for the first time in an article published in the upcoming Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. The 18 objects – including a statue head described by curators as a ‘masterpiece …

News  |  Posted November 9, 2023

Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland 2023 Magazine Launched!

Archaeological updates from across the country have been showcased in the Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland 2023 magazine, which was launched at the Scottish Archaeological Forum conference in Aberdeen in October. The free online publication shows how Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy is being delivered, by bringing together articles and comments from people and organisations across the country for anyone to read. As the annual report for …

News  |  Posted December 6, 2021

Picts to be Brought to Life in New Game Based on Ground-Breaking Research

Over 1,300 years ago, the Picts defeated the Northumbrians to become the leading political force in what is now Scotland. Now Carved in Stone, a new collaboration between tabletop roleplaying game designers and archaeologists, is bringing to life an exciting period of Scottish history for storytellers, players, and heritage enthusiasts of all ages. Created by Dungeons on a Dime and the Society’s Dig It! project, and incorporating …

News  |  Posted August 18, 2021

Help Us Uncover the Forgotten Stories of Scottish Archaeology

We are pleased to announce our latest project, Forgotten Stories, led by Dr Nela Scholma-Mason FSAScot and Dr Jeff Sanders FSAScot, in collaboration with TrowelBlazers and North East Scotland College and supported by AOC Archaeology Group. Forgotten Stories is a film and documentary series, accompanied by articles and blog posts. These focus on the lives of various lesser-known women who made …

News  |  Posted April 2, 2021

Book Funding Appeal: Radar in Scotland, 1938–46

Do you want to learn more about the history of radar in Scotland? The Society is working with Ian Brown, an Assistant Curator of Aviation at the National Museum of Flight, on the first published history of ground radar in Scotland during WWII. We depend on publication grants for our books, usually provided by other organisations, but as an independent researcher …

News  |  Posted March 23, 2021

Society Grants over £26,000 to Support Research into Scotland’s Past

The Society Council Trustees have awarded £26,319 to fifteen projects examining a wide range of topics from manuscript research to excavations investigating Mesolithic activity in the highlands. A key part of our charitable activity is to support and encourage research into Scotland’s past. Grants not only help create greater knowledge and understanding of Scotland’s heritage but also facilitate good practice and …

News  |  Posted March 4, 2021

New Grant Fund Available!

The Society supports high-quality research and publication relating to Scotland’s past through several grants and awards. We are extremely pleased to be able to offer a new grant fund in the name of Dr Euan MacKie to provide for scientific analyses or reconstruction images relating to Neolithic or Iron Age Scotland.  Supported by his family, the Dr Euan MacKie Legacy Fund will provide for …

News  |  Posted September 30, 2020

3,000-year-old Secrets of the Sculptor’s Cave Revealed

Remains of mummified bodies and rare artefacts reveal Moray’s ancient burial practices in the Society’s new book and online lecture The mysterious sea cave on the south shore of the Moray Firth is the focus of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland’s latest publication, Darkness Visible: The Sculptor’s Cave, Covesea, from the Bronze Age to the Picts. The new book …

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3,000-year-old Secrets of the Sculptor’s Cave Revealed

Remains of mummified bodies and rare artefacts reveal Moray’s ancient burial practices in the Society’s new book and online lecture The mysterious sea cave on the south shore of the Moray Firth is the focus of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland’s latest publication, Darkness Visible: The Sculptor’s Cave, Covesea, from the Bronze Age to the Picts. The new book …