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Archaeological Research in Progress Conference 2023

27th May 2023 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

£2 - £40

SATURDAY 27 MAY 2023, 9AM TO 5.30PM (BST)

For this year’s ARP conference, the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Archaeology Scotland are proud to present 12 talks covering exciting new research and best practice in archaeology from across Scotland. You can find the Society’s ARP leaflet here.

This will be an all day conference in hybrid format (both in-person and online), taking place at Augustine United Church in Edinburgh. This conference will be recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel shortly after

Tickets to attend the event in person (a full refund is available up until Friday 12th May):

The project team on fieldwork at Laig, Isle of Eigg (copyright Steven Richardson)

The project team on fieldwork at Laig, Isle of Eigg (copyright Steven Richardson)

£30 for Society Fellows/Archaeology Scotland members
£40 for Non-Fellows/Non-Member
£20 for full-time Student/Unemployed (evidence must be provided)

Sandwich lunch and tea & coffee is included in the conference ticket price (if you have particular dietary requirements please email events@socantscot.org). 

Tickets to attend the event in person are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. All tickets are e-tickets ie no tickets will be posted.

Alternatively, there is the option to watch the event online (a link to the event will sent by email nearer the time) these tickets are non-refundable:

£5 for Society Fellows/Archaeology Scotland members
£10 for Non-Fellows/Non-Members
£2 for full-time Student/Unemployed (evidence must be provided)

For those attending online there will be the opportunity to submit questions to the live Q&As with the speakers. 

Please keep an eye on the Society website and your email inbox for the latest news.


With special thanks to our event sponsors Forestry and Land Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, GUARD Archaeology Ltd, Association of Local Government Archaeology Officers, and the Federation of Archaeological Managers & Employers.

The Programme

This hybrid event will be held in-person and online via Zoom. You will have the opportunity to ask questions after each session.


  • Morning Session 

Chaired by Sam Mills,

Council Member, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 

9:30  Start and welcome 

9:40  “The Bare Bones: exploring the early Neolithic Chambered Cairns of the North Channel” by Matt Ritchie (Forestry and Land Scotland) 

10:05  Bog Standard: a wetland settlement at Hyndford Quarry” by Katie O’Connell (AOC Archaeology) 

10:30  Beyond Walls: new narratives for settlement and land use on the Roman Empire’s northern British frontier” by Sophie McDonald et al. (University of Glasgow) 

10:55  Questions and Answers 


11:10 Refreshments, displays and bookstalls 


11:40  St Moluag’s monastery on Lismore – a rival to St Columba’s monastery on Iona” by Dr Clare Ellis (Argyll Archaeology) & Dr Gemma Cruickshanks (National Museum of Scotland)

12:05  The Norse and the Sea: The Maritime Cultural Landscape of Scandinavian Scotland” by Professor Alexandra Sanmark & Dr Shane McLeod (Institute for Northern Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands) 

12:30  How to Build Inclusive Audiences for Scottish Archaeology” by George Tah & Bene Mckinlay (Jambo! Radio) and Kieran Manchip (Archaeology Scotland) 

12:55  Questions and Answers 

13:10  Launch of Discovery and Excavation in Scotland by Jennifer Thoms (Archaeology Scotland)

13:15  Lunch, displays and bookstalls 


  • Afternoon Session 

Chaired by Moira Greig 

President, Archaeology Scotland 

14:15  My life in the ‘Movies’: Performing the archaeology of WW1 ‘Movy’ – Motor Launch 286” by Suzanne Marie Taylor (University of Portsmouth) 

14:40  Petardy Historic Landscape Project: A student-led study” by Anna Robinson (University of St Andrews) 

15:05  Examining Community Archaeology in Scotland” by Emily Johnston (University of Edinburgh) 

15:30  Questions and Answers 


15:40  Refreshments, displays and bookstalls 


16:00  To and from the braes; considering the management of uplands in early modern Glencoe” by Edward Stewart (University of Glasgow) 

16:25  Life and Death in Medieval Leith” by Iraia Arabaolaza & Lauren Reid (GUARD Archaeology Ltd) 

16:50  India Buildings: medieval Edinburgh preserved” by Julie Franklin (Headland Archaeology) 

17:15 Questions & Answers and Closing Remarks 

17:30  Close 

House Rules

The Society has a zero-tolerance policy on harassment and bullying.

All attendees are requested to act with respect to one another during this hybrid event.

Anyone making comments which we believe to be inappropriate (e.g. offensive or abusive) will be removed from the event immediately. Equivalent procedures (e.g. with regard to spam) will apply online.


COVID-19 Precautions for attending in-person events

To ensure all attendees and members of staff have a safe and enjoyable experience at these events, please make sure you adhere to the following rules:

We request that you do not attend if you have any COVID-19 symptoms prior to the event

Try to maintain social distancing where possible and respect those with Distance Aware badges or lanyards

Please use hand sanitising stations provided

Listen to further announcements made by members of staff



The main entrance to the church is up four steps with a handrail.

Step free access is available via a door to the right of the building – please ring the bell for attention. Please note there is a tight turn in this passageway.

A standard accessible toilet is available on the ground floor and lower level (accessible via lift).

The venue (AUC sanctuary) has a hearing loop included.

Assistance dogs are allowed inside the venue.

If attending via Zoom, captions are included.

You can find further information on Accessibility here.


27th May 2023
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
£2 - £40
Event Category:


Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL United Kingdom
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