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October Lecture: ‘The life and death of Atlantic Rock Art’

12th October 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Badger rock, a densely decorated boulder located in an open landscape (Ilkley Moor, Yorkshire) - Joana Valdez-Tullet

This will be a hybrid event hosted by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland which will take place both in Augustine United Church and online. Immediately after the lecture there will be a drinks reception.

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Lecture will be presented by Dr Joana Valdez-Tullett BA MA PhD FSAScot

Atlantic Rock Art, known for its cup-marks, rings and other circular iconography was being extensively carved on open-air outcrops and boulders across many landscapes of Western Europe during the 4th and 3rd millennia BCE. While much has been said and written about these enigmatic marks, many questions remain unanswered. This lecture will reflect on the importance of this tradition for past societies, and discuss its creation, use and change, towards the mid 3rd millennium BCE.

Lecturer Details

Joana is a prehistorian and rock art specialist. She has been working with rock art of various periods since 2003, from the Palaeolithic to the Iron Age, in a number of European countries. Joana completed her PhD in 2017 at the University of Southampton, with the thesis ‘Design and Connectivity: the case of Atlantic Rock Art’, exploring carvings and Neolithic connectivity in Atlantic Europe. Her research interests include computer applications to archaeology, connectivity and the intersection between archaeology and contemporary art.

October Lecture 2023 Registration



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.



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.

Cover image: Badger rock, a densely decorated boulder located in an open landscape (Ilkley Moor, Yorkshire) – Joana Valdez-Tullett


12th October 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL United Kingdom

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