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Lecture in Aberdeen: Antiquaries and archaeologists in the depiction of the hard edges of time

14th April 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Plan of the Broch of Lingro (1870) @RCAHMS Licensor www.rcahms.gov.uk

Stratford Halliday BSc FSA Scot, University of Edinburgh.

Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Regent Walk, Aberdeen.

The Society has a long tradition of archaeological fieldwork, creating drawings that chart the evolution of survey and investigation in the field over the last two hundred years.

Through this prism we can not only detect the transition of survey from antiquarian pursuit to archaeological tool, but also the evolution of knowledge and understanding, as the pattern of recording shifts from hard-edged stone monuments to the softer focus of earthworks and such minor features as palisades and timber round-houses.

And it is only by understanding aspects of this history that we can use the accumulated knowledge they contain, that we can extract information from a drawing of a site that may have been made over 100 years ago by David Christison and to this day remains the only available plan.

This past is thus directly relevant to archaeologists in the field today as they apply new digital technologies which at first sight appear to render so much of traditional practice redundant. These are some of the threads that we will explore and hope to untangle.

Plan of the Broch of Lingo (1870) @RCAHMS Licensor www.rcahms.gov.uk

Plan of the Broch of Lingo (1870) @RCAHMS Licensor www.rcahms.gov.uk


14th April 2015
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
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0131 247 4133

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