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Archaeological Research in Progress Conference 2021

May 29


For this year’s ARP conference, the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Archaeology Scotland are proud to present 14 recorded talks covering several different aspects of Scottish archaeology. From cutting-edge fieldwork in Shetland to community archaeology and volunteering in Dumfries & Galloway and more.

Each of the recorded talks will be available to watch on our YouTube channel in advance of this event (we will add the link to each talk below as they go live on our YouTube channel). You will then have the chance to ask questions of the speakers in two moderated panel sessions at an online live Q&A on Saturday 29 May.

Click below to register for this event (all our event times are presented in GMT/UK time):

ARP 2021 Live Q&A Registration

The Panels

The Panels

This online event will be held as a Zoom webinar. You will have the opportunity to type questions into the Q&A box, which the moderator will then forward to the speakers.

Session 1: Museums, Archives and More (14:00-15:00pm)

Abercromby Emeritus Professor Ian Ralston, President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, in the Chair

  • A Mesolithic site at Berriedale Braes, Caithness – Mary Peteranna and Rob Engl
  • ‘A roof o’er their heads’: The archaeology of Achtriachtan township in Glencoe – Derek Alexander and Daniel Rhodes
  • Clachtoll Broch – Dr Andrew Heald
  • Tackling 40 years of the Kirkdale Archaeological Archive for Historic Environment Scotland – Sam Mills and Dr Audrey Scardina
  • Doon the Watter: Roman Ports, Forts & Camps in 1st century Scotland – Dr Andrew Tibbs
  • Feeding the herd from the sea: cattle herding at Neolithic Jarlshof – Dr Roz Gillis
  • Returning a Benin Bronze – Neil Curtis


Session 2: Community-Led Archaeology (15:15-16:15pm)

Dr Beverley Ballin-Smith, President of Archaeology Scotland in the Chair

  • Museum Collections Rediscovered: From Egypt to Aberdeen – Abeer Eladany
  • Understanding Scottish prehistoric carvings: The contribution of Scotland’s Rock Art Project – Joana Valdez-Tullett, Linda Marie Bjerketvedt, Tertia Barnett, Stuart Jeffrey & Guillaume Robin
  • Lephin: a community led excavation of a Norse and Medieval farm on the Isle of Mull – Dr Clare Ellis
  • ‘Choost an Owld Pile o’ Ston’?’ The Value of Archaeology to Caithness – Kenneth McElroy
  • A Volunteer-led hunt for the Lost Wells of Galloway – Claire Williamson
  • Reassessing the Battle of May Island: comparing wreck data with official accounts and survivors’ testimony – Ben Saunders
  • Community Archaeology from a Distance – Charlotte Douglas

House Rules

We aim for our events to be safe and harassment-free and the Society has a zero-tolerance policy on harassment and bullying.

The Society expects all attendees to act with respect to one-another during this event and anyone making comments which we believe to be inappropriate (e.g. offensive, misleading, spam) or abusive will be removed from the event immediately.

To report any abuse you think we missed, please contact the Director of the Society, Dr Simon Gilmour (director@socantscot.org)


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