Category Archives: Research


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

6th December 2021 | Categories: 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…


Help Us Uncover the Forgotten Stories of Scottish Archaeology

18th August 2021 | Categories: Research, Uncategorised

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…

Book Funding Appeal: Radar in Scotland, 1938–46

Book Funding Appeal: Radar in Scotland, 1938–46

2nd April 2021 | Categories: Research

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,…


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

23rd March 2021 | Categories: Research

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…


New Grant Fund Available!

4th March 2021 | Categories: Research

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…

A woman conducting Terrestrial Laser Scanning inside the Sculptor's Cave

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

30th September 2020 | Categories: Publications, Research, Shop

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 Scottish and European flag, and Keith Haring’s ‘Tuttomondo’, 1989

Scottish Network Warns of Unintended Damage to Scotland’s Historical Relationship with Europe

26th June 2020 | Categories: Research, Uncategorised

The Scottish Network for Nineteenth-Century European Cultures – SNNEC – has warned of the damaging effects of closing down Modern Languages departments in UK universities. SNNEC recently explored Scottish and European connections and exchanges with ‘nations-in-the-making’ during the nineteenth century, reflecting on what knowledge then offers us now, through a series of academic workshops and…


Society of Antiquaries of Scotland launches a free Digital Books platform

9th September 2019 | Categories: Publications, Research

We’ve launched a new online platform to make peer-reviewed academic books about Scottish archaeology and history freely available. The first two titles available through Open Access are Portmahomack on Tarbat Ness (Carver et al., 2016) and The Scottish Antiquarian Tradition (Bell, 1981). Portmahomack on Tarbat Ness presents recent archaeological discoveries in one of the key centres…


Archaeological Research in Progress 2019 conference lectures online now!

22nd August 2019 | Categories: Conference, Research

Archaeological Research in Progress (ARP) is a day conference presenting new research findings and best practice in archaeology covering all periods from across Scotland and beyond. It is organised in alternate years by Archaeology Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.  The event on Saturday 25 May 2019 was well attended, and the wide…


Today is World Heritage Day!

18th April 2019 | Categories: Publications, Research, Shop

Today is World Heritage Day! World Heritage Day is celebrated on 18 April every year. Scotland is home to six UNESCO world heritage sites, from the frontier of the Antonine Wall to the cliffs of St Kilda. Research on the six sites has appeared in the Proceedings, Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports and our monographs throughout…

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