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March 2018

Barrow Landscapes: Commemorating the Dead in Early Medieval Scotland

13th March 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
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7.30 pm, Regent Lecture Theatre Speaker: Juliette Mitchell, University of Aberdeen Juliette Mitchell is an AHRC-funded PhD researcher in Archaeology and her work focuses on the monumental burials of early medieval Scotland, exploring their landscape settings and considering how they reflect social transformation in the first millennium AD. Juliette graduated with an MA in History from the University of Glasgow. While working as a Project Manager in a Stirling-based GIS company, she developed her interest in archaeology through community and…

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April 2018
Free

‘The Scottish identity – as illustrated through recent discoveries in Scottish silver’ lecture followed by a drinks reception sponsored by Gillespie Macandrew LLP

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  Guest speaker: The lecture will be given by Colin T Fraser FSA Scot, R. L. Christie Works of Art. Since the seminal exhibition ‘Silver; Made in Scotland’ held by the National Museum of Scotland in 2008 there has been a greater appreciation and understanding of the Scottish Goldsmiths craft. Over the past 10 years many new discoveries have been made and new light has been shed on previously well-known pieces. This talk aims to illustrate and discuss these new finds…

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‘The Scottish identity – as illustrated through recent discoveries in Scottish silver’

24th April 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
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(Venue: Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen) Lecture given by Colin T Fraser FSA Scot, R. L. Christie Works of Art.

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May 2018

Archaeological Research in Progress 2018

26th May 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Engine Shed,
Forthside Way
Stirling , FK8 1QZ United Kingdom
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ARP 2018 – bookings now open! The national conference examining recent and ongoing archaeological projects across Scotland will take place at the Engine Shed in Stirling on Saturday 26th May 2018. This conference is supported by Historic Environment Scotland and is delivered in partnership with Archaeology Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. The all-day conference gives the audience the opportunity to hear first-hand about  the most recent archaeological projects across Scotland and should not be missed. Offering great…

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June 2018
Free

Rhind Lectures 2018

22nd June 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 24th June 2018 @ 4:00 pm
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Rhind Lectures 2018 Sponsored by The Antiquary, a Tomatin Distillery whisky     ‘Drystone technologies: Neolithic tensions and Iron Age compressions’ Dr John Barber MA, BA, FSA, FSA Scot, MCIfA The technical engineering capacities of prehistoric builders of large Neolithic and Iron Age structures are intriguing. Invasive introduction has been the favoured explanatory mechanism for structural innovation in these islands, rather than the converse appeal to domestic design genius. However, drystone engineering so constrains the builders’ design ambitions that similar structures…

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July 2018

Anticipating Wikipedia: William Smellie, the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and the First Information Revolution

24th July 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
National Library Scotland,
George IV Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1EW United Kingdom
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On the 250th anniversary of the Edinburgh publication of the first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, the National Library of Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland are hosting a public lecture by Professor Stephen W Brown on William Smellie. William Smellie was a co-founder of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and editor of the first edition of the Britannica, as well as William Buchan’s Domestic Medicine, the Scots Magazine, and the first transactions of the Society of…

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August 2018

Sales Preview Evening Reception – Centuries of Craftsmanship

8th August 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lyon & Turnbull Ltd,
33 Broughton Place
Edinburgh, EH1 3RR United Kingdom
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Join us for a special preview of the Scottish Applied Arts sale with our friends at Lyon and Turnbull, who have kindly offered to host the event for a third year. A series of short talks by experts from the National Museums of Scotland, The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Lyon & Turnbull will be followed a drinks reception and private viewing of the forthcoming Scottish Silver & Applied Arts auction. Speakers: Dr Sarah Laurenson | Curator | National…

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£40.00 - £45

Summer Excursion – 11th August 2018

11th August 2018 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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  The Scottish Crannog Centre, Loch Tay – Saturday 11th August Let us take you back 2,500 years to the early Iron Age......  Crannogs are a type of ancient loch-dwelling found throughout Scotland and Ireland, built as individual homes to accommodate extended families. Scotland's award winning crannog reconstruction on Loch Tay was built by The Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology to promote the research, recording, preservation and interpretation of Scotland's underwater heritage. Fellows of the Society will be treated to…

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September 2018

The Rhind Lectures 2018 in Wick, Caithness

21st September 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 23rd September 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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    The Society is delighted to announce that in association with Yarrows Heritage Trust the Rhind Lectures will be repeated over the weekend of 21-23 September in Wick.  The venue is the Pulteney Centre, Huddart Street, Wick, Caithness KW1 5BA.  Booking is recommended by calling the Centre on 01955 608530.  For full details please email Ian Giles, Yarrows Heritage Trust secretary iangiles01@btinternet.com.     The Rhind Lectures Wick 21st -23rd September 2018   Supported by Lybster & Tannach Community Fund ‘Drystone…

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October 2018
Free

Celts and Romans on the Northern Frontier: a later Prehistoric Landscape in Upper Eskdale, Dumfriesshire

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Lecture by Professor Roger Mercer OBE MA FSA HonFSAScot FRSE HonMCIfA The lecture will, through the medium of the excavation of two sites, trace the development of native Society in Eskdale and the likely impact upon it of the presence of the substantial garrison in the Carlisle area examining the economy upon which both Roman and native depended.  

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Celts and Romans on the Northern Frontier: a later Prehistoric Landscape in Upper Eskdale, Dumfriesshire

16th October 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Dumfries Museum,
The Observatory, Rotchell Road,
Dumfries, DG2 7SW
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Lecture by Professor Roger Mercer OBE MA FSA HonFSAScot FRSE HonMCIfA The lecture will, through the medium of the excavation of two sites, trace the development of native Society in Eskdale and the likely impact upon it of the presence of the substantial garrison in the Carlisle area examining the economy upon which both Roman and native depended. Please contact Dumfries Museum on 01387 253374 to reserve a free place at the lecture or via email (dumfries.museum@dumgal.gov.uk)

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November 2018
Free

“A labourer in the vineyard of Scottish antiquities”: the remarkable collection of Sir Walter Scott

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Lecture by Kirsty Archer-Thompson BA MA FSA Scot, The Abbotsford Trust For Sir Walter Scott, the objects, furniture and antiquities in his collection were portals to the past and critical inspiration for his historical fiction. Join the custodian of this remarkable collection to hear more about the ongoing journey of the Abbotsford Trust to better understand, care for and open up this material legacy to researchers and enthusiasts from around the world. Kirsty will highlight key case studies and curatorial projects from the recent…

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“A labourer in the vineyard of Scottish antiquities”: the remarkable collection of Sir Walter Scott

26th November 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
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Lecture by Kirsty Archer-Thompson BA MA FSA Scot, The Abbotsford Trust For Sir Walter Scott, the objects, furniture and antiquities in his collection were portals to the past and critical inspiration for his historical fiction. Join the custodian of this remarkable collection to hear more about the ongoing journey of the Abbotsford Trust to better understand, care for and open up this material legacy to researchers and enthusiasts from around the world. Kirsty will highlight key case studies and curatorial projects from the recent…

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Free

Anniversary Meeting (AGM)

30th November 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Augustine United Church,
41 George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL United Kingdom
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Including a short lecture on ‘Paints and Pigments in the Past: Redecorating the Antonine Wall Distance Stones’, presented by Dr Louisa Campbell, Honorary Research Associate (Archaeology), University of Glasgow. Followed by a wine reception. Please note the time and venue: 4.30pm at Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL  

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December 2018
Free

Archibald Young: 230 years of surgical instruments

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Lecture by Ruth Pollitt,  Museum and Collections Assistant, Edinburgh University Anatomical Museum In 2006, while completing her Master of Arts in Museum Studies at Newcastle University Ruth undertook an historical research dissertation of an Edinburgh surgical instrument maker Archibald Young & Son. The aim was to uncover the firm’s history and in doing so provide information for museums and exhibitions and to provide a method for dating instruments in collections. Her presentation draws on the results of these findings.  

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Archibald Young: 230 years of surgical instruments

11th December 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
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Lecture by Ruth Pollitt, Museum and Collections Assistant, Edinburgh University Anatomical Museum In 2006, while completing her Master of Arts in Museum Studies at Newcastle University Ruth undertook an historical research dissertation of an Edinburgh surgical instrument maker Archibald Young & Son. The aim was to uncover the firm’s history and in doing so provide information for museums and exhibitions and to provide a method for dating instruments in collections. Her presentation draws on the results of these findings. Free - no booking required.

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Public Event – Scotland and Europe: Politics, Culture and National Borders

15th December 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
National Museum Scotland Auditorium, use main entrance,
Chambers Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1JF United Kingdom
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join us for an afternoon of talks and discussion on Scotland's relationships with Europe past and present, with roundtable speakers representing the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at Durham University, the Society of Dix-Neuviemistes and the RSE funded project Establishing SNNEC. Distinguished guests include Professor Sir Tom Devine OBE FRSE HonMRIA FBA FSA Scot who will present a lecture on How Highlandism Conquered Europe: From Sir Walter Scott to Brexit. Discussion will be followed by a wine reception. Organised by the…

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January 2019
Free

The Common Books of Aberdeen, 1398-1511

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Lecture by Dr Claire Hawes FSA Scot, University of Aberdeen Following the digital transcription of Aberdeen’s earliest burgh council registers by a project at the University of Aberdeen, this lecture will give an overview of the corpus. It will focus on the importance of these books for our understanding of early Renaissance Scotland, and introduce some of the intriguing characters and interesting stories we have uncovered along the way. This lecture is joint with the Scottish History Society.

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The Common Books of Aberdeen, 1398-1511

15th January 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
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Lecture by Dr Claire Hawes FSA Scot, University of Aberdeen Following the digital transcription of Aberdeen’s earliest burgh council registers by a project at the University of Aberdeen, this lecture will give an overview of the corpus. It will focus on the importance of these books for our understanding of early Renaissance Scotland, and introduce some of the intriguing characters and interesting stories we have uncovered along the way. Free - no booking required. This lecture is joint with the Scottish History Society.

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February 2019
Free

The State Funeral and Heraldry of Mary Queen of Scots

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Lecture by John Malden M.Phil, FMA, FHSS, FHS, FSA Scot, President Heraldry Society of Scotland Royal Heraldry was a statement of territorial claim and marriage. Mary’s use of the Royal Arms of England caused a severe diplomatic row. A various armorials were produced during and after her reign, especially by the Hamilton family as next in line to the throne. Following her execution Mary was given a state funeral by the guilt conscious Queen Elizabeth for which detailed accounts survive.  

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The State Funeral and Heraldry of Mary Queen of Scots

12th February 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
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Illustration of funeral of Mary Queen of Scots

Lecture by John Malden M.Phil, FMA, FHSS, FHS, FSA Scot, President, Heraldry Society of Scotland Royal Heraldry was a statement of territorial claim and marriage. Mary’s use of the Royal Arms of England caused a severe diplomatic row. A various armorials were produced during and after her reign, especially by the Hamilton family as next in line to the throne. Following her execution Mary was given a state funeral by the guilt conscious Queen Elizabeth for which detailed accounts survive. Free - no…

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March 2019
Free

Archaeological Science: looking to the future

Images of scientists and technicians working on radio carbon dating techniques at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, Glasgow. Images requested by Lisa Brown. Iain Murdoch

Lecture by Dr Lisa Brown MA(Hons) MSc FSA Scot MCIfA, Historic Environment Scotland The application of science as a tool for analyzing and interpreting archaeological remains is becoming much more commonplace. From the first measurements of the radiocarbon dates almost 70 years ago, providing an increasingly robust understanding of the chronology of the past, through to ancient DNA and isotopes, giving an insight into people’s diet and where they come from. This lecture will explore some of the challenges and opportunities of working with…

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Archaeological Science: looking to the future

12th March 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Shetland Museum and Archives,
Hay's Dock
Lerwick, ZE1 0WP United Kingdom
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Images of scientists and technicians working on radio carbon dating techniques at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, Glasgow. Images requested by Lisa Brown. Iain Murdoch

Lecture by Dr Lisa Brown MA(Hons) MSc FSA Scot MCIfA, Historic Environment Scotland The application of science as a tool for analyzing and interpreting archaeological remains is becoming much more commonplace. From the first measurements of the radiocarbon dates almost 70 years ago, providing an increasingly robust understanding of the chronology of the past, through to ancient DNA and isotopes, giving an insight into people’s diet and where they come from. This lecture will explore some of the challenges and opportunities of working with…

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April 2019

Unlocking the Secrets of Our Past

13th April 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Museum Scotland Auditorium, use main entrance,
Chambers Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1JF United Kingdom
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Saturday 13 April (3pm). National Museum of Scotland auditorium, Edinburgh. Discuss and explore how science, technology and innovation in archaeology are used to unlock secrets of the past, with the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland’s Fellows Dr Alison Sheridan and Dr Lisa Brown, chaired by theoretical physicist, science author and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili. Presented and organised by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, as part of the 2019 Edinburgh International Science Festival. Free but booking required. For information and…

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St Kilda’s Secrets: A Minecraft Adventure

18th April 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Thursday 18 April (10am – 5pm), drop-in and free. National Museum of Scotland, Hawthornden Court. With Dig It! Unlock St Kilda’s secrets for the first time in Minecraft! On World Heritage Day explore a digital reconstruction of one of Scotland’s six World Heritage Sites and experience life on the extreme western frontier of Europe. From the Bronze Age to the 20th century, discover the hidden story of the prisoner of St Kilda and uncover the archaeology of the island’s prehistoric…

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Lord Seaforth (1754-1815): Highland Landowner, Caribbean Governor and Slave Owner

18th April 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery,
Castle Wynd
Inverness, IV2 3EB United Kingdom
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Lecture given by Finlay McKichan FSA Scot Thursday 18 April (6.30pm reception for 7pm lecture) N.B. Venue change! The lecture will now take place in the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (IMAG) on Castle Wynd, Inverness, IV2 3EB, not the Town House as previously stated. The time and date remain the same. Holding the lecture in the IMAG gives opportunity for a few items from the collection not usually on public display but related to the subject of the lecture…

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May 2019
Free

Rhind Lectures 2019

10th May 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 12th May 2019 @ 4:00 pm
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Sorry, this event is fully booked on all days.  Email info@socantscot.org to go on the waiting list for returns. Auditorium, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh (Use Lothian Street entrance on Friday, Main entrance Saturday and Sunday) Professor David Breeze OBE, BA, PhD, Hon DLitt, FSA, Hon FSA Scot, FRSE, Hon CIfA Hadrian’s Wall: A Study in Archaeological Exploration and Interpretation Hadrian's Wall was written about even when it was still in use as a frontier. Interest continued through the next 1000 years, but it was…

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£20 - £40

Archaeological Research in Progress 2019 – Day Conference

25th May 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Venue: Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland is managing the event this year (with our partners Archaeology Scotland) and the conference programme includes exciting new research findings and best practice in archaeology covering all periods from across Scotland and beyond. Event sponsored by: Historic Environment Scotland (HES), Forestry & Land Scotland (FLS), AOC Archaeology Group, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA), GUARD Archaeology, Wessex Archaeology, LUC and SUERC. The full…

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July 2019
£40 - £45

Summer Excursion 2019

6th July 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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SUMMER EXCURSION 2019: Saturday 6th July New Lanark and Biggar Museum Join us for a fascinating tour of this unique 18th century mill village sitting alongside the picturesque River Clyde. Now one of Scotland’s six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, New Lanark was founded in 1786 by David Dale, who built cotton mills and housing for the mill workers.  In partnership with Robert Owen, a Welsh philanthropist and social reformer, New Lanark became a successful business and an early example of…

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August 2019

Centuries of Craftsmanship – Sales Preview reception

7th August 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lyon & Turnbull,
33 Broughton Place
Edinburgh , EH1 3RR
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The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Lyon & Turnbull are delighted to work together on an event which celebrates Centuries of Craftsmanship. The Sales Preview reception consists of welcome and introductions, two short talks by experts on historic interiors, dyes and textiles research, followed by a drinks reception and private viewing of the forthcoming Scottish Silver & Applied Arts auction. Speakers: Dr David Caldwell FSA Scot | President | Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Dr Anita Quye FSA Scot |…

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October 2019
Free

Creating Scotland: Assembling a Medieval Kingdom

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Lecture: In conversation with Hamish Torrie FSA Scot (The Glenmorangie Company), Dr Adrian Maldonado (National Museums Scotland) and Dr Heather Pulliam (University of Edinburgh) The medieval kingdom called Scotland was not a predestined or obvious outcome of the politics of the first millennium AD. Even in the twelfth century, Britain north of the Tweed was a patchwork of laws, languages and identities. Do the art and artefacts of the 9-12th century provide a different perspective on the formation of a…

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Creating Scotland: Assembling a Medieval Kingdom

15th October 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Lecture: In conversation with Hamish Torrie FSA Scot (The Glenmorangie Company), Dr Adrian Maldonado (National Museums Scotland) and Dr Heather Pulliam (University of Edinburgh) The medieval kingdom called Scotland was not a predestined or obvious outcome of the politics of the first millennium AD. Even in the twelfth century, Britain north of the Tweed was a patchwork of laws, languages and identities. Do the art and artefacts of the 9-12th century provide a different perspective on the formation of a…

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November 2019
Free

Viking Scotland: a change to the published event

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Unfortunately Dr Batey is unable to deliver her lecture on Monday evening.  Instead several early career researchers have very generously stepped in at late notice to give us a flavour of current and recent Viking research: Chris Cooijmans: "Abandon Ship: Examining Viking Encampment across Continental Europe" Like any other early medieval mariner, vikings venturing across the Frankish waterways would not have been perpetually on the move. As hunger and fatigue may have induced individuals to make landfall, so too would…

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CANCELLED – Viking Scotland: Results, Opportunities and Ways Forward

12th November 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Shetland Museum and Archives,
Hay's Dock
Lerwick, ZE1 0WP United Kingdom
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Unfortunately, due to circumstances outwith our control we have had to cancel this event at short notice.  We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused. Lecture by Dr Colleen Batey FSA Scot (Institute for Northern Studies, University of Highlands and Islands) It is 20 years since the seminal volume Vikings in Scotland: an archaeological survey was published by Edinburgh University Press (EUP) under the authorship of James Graham-Campbell and Colleen Batey. This period has brought many changes to our understanding…

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Free

Anniversary Meeting (AGM)

30th November 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Augustine United Church,
41 George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL United Kingdom
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ANNIVERSARY MEETING (AGM) SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2019 AT 4.30 PM AUGUSTINE UNITED CHURCH, 41 GEORGE IV BRIDGE, EDINBURGH, EH1 1EL AGENDA 1. Welcome by the President 2. To approve the Minutes of the last Lecture meeting, 11 November 2019 3. Motion 1: Change to Law 4 4. Motion 2: New Subscription Type 5. Closure of the Ballots 6. The Treasurer’s Annual Report 7. The Director’s Annual Report 8. Presentation of the RBK Stevenson Award 9. Presentation of the Murray Medal…

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December 2019
Free

“Here is ane Koull of Tullilum” Excavations at Whitefriars, Perth 2014-2018

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Lecture by Derek Hall CertPracArch FSA Scot, (archaeologist and ceramic specialist)

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“Here is ane Koull of Tullilum” Excavations at Whitefriars, Perth 2014-2018

10th December 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Lecture by Derek Hall CertPracArch FSA Scot, (archaeologist and ceramic specialist) Free - no booking required

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January 2020
Free

David Ramsay, the King’s Chief Clockmaker

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Sorry - this event is now fully booked! Our warm thanks to James Ritchie Clockmakers for proudly sponsoring the event. The lecture will be given by Dr Tacye Phillipson (National Museums Scotland) and Dr John C. Taylor OBE (horologist and inventor), and delivered in conjunction with the National Museums Scotland. Dr Phillipson will provide an overview of the variety and development of clockwork during the 17th century. Dr Taylor will uncover the innovation of Scottish watchmaker, David Ramsay (c1585-1660), Chief Clockmaker to King…

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David Ramsay, the King’s Chief Clockmaker

January 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
V&A Dundee,
1 Riverside Esplanade
Dundee, DD1 4EZ United Kingdom
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Our warm thanks to James Ritchie Clockmakers for proudly sponsoring the event. The lecture will be given by Dr Tacye Phillipson (National Museums Scotland) and Dr John C. Taylor OBE (horologist and inventor), and delivered in conjunction with V&A Dundee. Dr Phillipson will provide an overview of the variety and development of clockwork during the 17th century. Dr Taylor uncovers the innovation of Scottish watchmaker, David Ramsay (c1585-1660), Chief Clockmaker to King James I and first master of the Worshipful Clockmakers Company…

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Layered Kingship in Early Medieval Britain

January 14 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The lecture will be given by Daniel Cutts and has been organised by the Aberdeen & North East Section of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. No booking required.

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February 2020
Free

Glasgow Potteries and the British Empire

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Lecture by Graeme Cruickshank MA AMA FMA FSA Scot (independent scholar). The Scottish potteries of the industrial era produced vast amounts of wares, with dozens of factories in a number of towns producing millions of items annually, far more than the domestic market could assimilate.  Huge quantities of goods were exported, decade after decade, with the erstwhile British Empire being a prime target.  The potteries of Glasgow took advantage of the situation with unparalleled zeal. Lecture free, but booking advised to avoid disappointment.

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Glasgow Potteries and the British Empire

February 11 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Lecture by Graeme Cruickshank MA AMA FMA FSA Scot (independent scholar). The Scottish potteries of the industrial era produced vast amounts of wares, with dozens of factories in a number of towns producing millions of items annually, far more than the domestic market could assimilate.  Huge quantities of goods were exported, decade after decade, with the erstwhile British Empire being a prime target.  The potteries of Glasgow took advantage of the situation with unparalleled zeal. Free and no booking required. Places available on…

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March 2020
Free

Change of lecture tonight

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Unfortunately Professor Annelou van Gijn is unable to deliver her lectures for the Society and Prehistoric Society on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 March.  While we have had to cancel our Aberdeen event on Tuesday, tonight's lecture in the NMS Auditorium will be going ahead as usual, with a lecture by Dr Matthew Knight FSAScot, entitled “Fragments of the Bronze Age. The destruction and deposition of metalwork in Britain.”  There will be an opportunity as usual for Q&A at the end…

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Cancelled – Connecting Tools and Materials in the Dutch Neolithic

March 10 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Unfortunately Professor Annelou van Gijn is unable to deliver her lectures for the Society and Prehistoric Society on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 March.  We have had to cancel our Aberdeen event on Tuesday but the Monday evening lecture in the NMS Auditorium in Edinburgh will be going ahead as usual, with a lecture by Dr Matthew Knight FSA Scot, entitled “Fragments of the Bronze Age. The destruction and deposition of metalwork in Britain.”  We apologise for the inconvenience.   Lecture by Professor…

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April 2020

Getting Ahead in Archaeology – CANCELLED

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

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have cancelled this event but hope to reschedule it as soon as is practicable.  Watch this space! The lecture will be given by Dr Rebecca Crozier and has been organised by the Aberdeen & North East Section of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Free. No booking required. Places available on a first come first served basis.

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Our Elemental Past – EVENT CANCELLED

April 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
National Museum Scotland Auditorium, use main entrance,
Chambers Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1JF United Kingdom
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An in-conversation style lecture event organised and presented by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland on World Heritage day Saturday 18 April (3pm-4.30pm) in the National Museum of Scotland auditorium Free, but booking required online at https://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/event-details/our-elemental-past   On World Heritage Day, meet some of archaeological science’s best communicators of fascinating topics, themed around earth, air, fire and water. Chaired by broadcaster and comedian Susan Morrison, four experts give short talks on the Earth's elements. Dr Nick Hannon will explore…

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Free

Rhind Lectures 2020 – CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

April 24 @ 6:00 pm - April 26 @ 5:00 pm
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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have cancelled this event but fully expect to reschedule it as soon as is practicable.  Watch this space! Neolithic Scotland: the Big Picture and Detailed Narratives in 2020 by Dr Alison Sheridan FSA FRSE FSAScot MDAI FBA ACIfA   This series of six lectures will offer a comprehensive view of our current state of knowledge about Scotland’s Neolithic (c. 4000–c. 2500 BC). From DNA to coprolite research, and from Alpine jadeitite axeheads to lidar surveying,…

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James Sutherland (c.1639-1719) – EVENT CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

April 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh,
Lecture Theatre, Science Buildings, 20a Inverleith Row
Edinburgh , EH3 5LR United Kingdom
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Lecture by Robert Betteridge (NLS), Nick Holmes (NMS) and Lorna Mitchell (RBGE) Thursday 30 April 2020 at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Following his appointment as “Intendant” of the Physic Garden by the founders Robert Sibbald and Andrew Balfour James Sutherland went on to obtain a Regius Professorship of Botany and appointment to the position of King’s Botanist. In this talk we will learn more about the one of the founders of the Garden that was to become the Royal Botanic…

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May 2020

8000 Years of Aden and Deer: The Archaeology of the Monastery of Deer and Aden Country Park – CANCELLED

May 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have cancelled this event but hope to reschedule it as soon as is practicable.  Watch this space! The lecture will be given by Alison Cameron MCIfA FSAScot, and has been organised by the Aberdeen & North East Section of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Free. No booking required. Places available on a first come first served basis.

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June 2020

Archaeological Research in Progress Conference 2020 – ONLINE EVENT

June 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Archaeological Research in Progress is a national conference organised each year by Archaeology Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, supported by Historic Environment Scotland. All speakers have submitted their talks in the form of video or article submissions. Once you have reserved your ticket(s) you will be invited to the private event group where this content will be released! Q&A will take place on Facebook and Twitter with the speakers. We're also thrilled to announce that every conference ticket also includes a 20%…

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