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October 2018

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

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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

14th January 2020 @ 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

14th January 2020 @ 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

11th February 2020 @ 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

10th March 2020 @ 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

14th April 2020 @ 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

18th April 2020 @ 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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May 2020

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

19th May 2020 @ 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

6th June 2020 @ 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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September 2020

The Science of the Ness

6th September 2020 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
The Ness of Brodgar under excavation

This year, Orkney International Science Festival will celebrate Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters with a variety of online events celebrating the sea and our islands. On Sunday 6 September, tune in to The Science of the Ness, a talk in association with the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, where members of UHI Archaeology Institute will describe ongoing scientific analysis of finds from the world-famous multi-period site, the Ness of Brodgar. Dr Ingrid Mainland FSAScot will discuss animal teeth and clues to the prehistoric inhabitants' possible marine diet, and…

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James Sutherland (c.1639-1719) – EVENT RESCHEDULED – ONLINE LECTURE

30th September 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Lecture by Robert Betteridge (NLS), Nick Holmes (NMS) and Lorna Mitchell (RBGE) Wednesday 30 September 2020 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 Garden Edinburgh and explore Sutherland's…

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October 2020

October Lecture – Darkness Visible: The Sculptor’s Cave, Covesea, from the Bronze Age to the Picts

12th October 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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Dr Lindsey Büster FSAScot and Professor Ian Armit FSAScot will present a lecture on The Sculptor's Cave, Covesea, re-examining its use from the Bronze Age to the Picts.

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November 2020

November Lecture: In search of a national identity – Scotland’s material culture

9th November 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Dr David Caldwell presents his President's lecture prior to retiring from office.

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Anniversary Meeting and AGM

30th November 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW OPEN TO FELLOWS VOTING IS NOW CLOSED AS OF 12NOON FRIDAY 27 NOVEMBER You will need to be logged into the website as a Fellow and click on this link to take you to the Anniversary Meeting and AGM page on the Fellow's only noticeboard. This will give you the opportunity to vote online for two Motions from Council, 143 new Fellows, Council members including a new Treasurer, and the President: Anniversary Meeting Registration    …

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December 2020

Rhind Lectures 2020

18th December 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The 2020 Rhind Lectures on Neolithic Scotland are delivered by Archaeologist of the Year Dr Alison Sheridan FSAScot

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January 2021

January Lecture – Comfort and Convenience in the Country House

January 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Marilyn Palmer explores the ways in which elements of comfort and convenience were introduced into Victorian and Edwardian country houses.

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February 2021

February Lecture – The Power of Archives

February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Caroline Brown examines how the creation and curation of archives impacts not just on history but on our world today and the direction we take into the future.

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March 2021

March Lecture – “Ahead of Their Time”: A Talk in Celebration of International Women’s Day

March 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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In this online talk, Susan Morrison will shine a light on several Scottish women (from the 1700s to 1900s) who, against all odds, achieved great things for the many.

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April 2021

April Lecture and Election – “The Knights Templar and Historical Revisionism in the Modern Era” by Dr Rory MacLellan

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Dr Rory MacLellan presents a lecture on the conspiracy theories around the Templars, or groups inspired by them, and how this fame has also led to darker appropriations.

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May 2021

Archaeological Research in Progress Conference 2021

May 29
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The annual day conference for archaeological research will be hosted online in collaboration with Archaeology Scotland.

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June 2021

June Lecture “The Public and Private Worlds of Sir Walter Scott”

June 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
The Scott Monument, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

As well as a renowned writer and novelist, a keen antiquary and collector, Sir Walter Scott was President of the RSE and was also Vice President of the SoAoS and long-term Fellow of both societies.

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