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October 2016
£30 - £120

Sir Walter Scott the antiquary: conference celebrating the bicentenary of the publication of The Antiquary

7th October 2016 @ 9:00 am - 8th October 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Bust of Sir Walter Scott

Venue: Friday 7th October, Auditorium, NMS, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF Venue: Saturday 8th October, Abbotsford House, Abbotsford, Melrose, Roxburghshire TD6 9BQ Join us in this unique event to uncover a different side to Sir Walter Scott, the antiquary and collector and the physical culture surrounding and inspiring him, to be held in collaboration with Abbotsford House. Expert talks and discussion will explore and assess Scott’s interests in Scotland’s past and will celebrate 200 years of The Antiquary. Published in…

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“The creation of archaeology as a science in Scotland in the mid 19th century” – Edinburgh 10 October 2016

10th October 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Easter Aquorthies Recumbent Stone Circle

This lecture explores how Daniel Wilson’s ideas to recognise the practice of archaeology as a science were taken forward through the investigations of stone circles in north eastern Scotland.

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“The creation of archaeology as a science in Scotland in the mid 19th century” – Aberdeen 11 October 2016

11th October 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
Easter Aquorthies Recumbent Stone Circle

This lecture explores how Daniel Wilson’s ideas to recognise the practice of archaeology as a science were taken forward through the investigations of stone circles in north eastern Scotland.

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November 2016
Free

“Öetzi the Iceman 25 years on” – Edinburgh

14th November 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Photograph of Oetzi Iceman site

Lecture outlining the great deal of research over the last 25 years, especially since 2000. For no other prehistoric human has there been such a very detailed scientific reconstruction of the last few days of life.

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Free

“Öetzi the Iceman 25 years on” – Aberdeen

15th November 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
Photograph of Oetzi Iceman site

Lecture outlining the great deal of research over the last 25 years, especially since 2000. For no other prehistoric human has there been such a very detailed scientific reconstruction of the last few days of life.

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Free

Anniversary Meeting 2016

30th November 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
A Society Lecture at the National Museum of Scotland

The Annual General Meeting of the Society

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December 2016
Free

“Mapping the City: a new approach for the Digital Age” – Edinburgh

12th December 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
City skyline photograph

A consideration of how the density or absence of something often defines the character of an area or neighbourhood and how new ways of mapping urban characteristics can reveal so much more about a place.

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“Mapping the City: a new approach for the Digital Age” – Aberdeen

13th December 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
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City skyline photograph

A consideration of how the density or absence of something often defines the character of an area or neighbourhood and how new ways of mapping urban characteristics can reveal so much more about a place.

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January 2017
Free

The restoration of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art – Edinburgh

16th January 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Facade of Glasgow School of Art

Lecture exploring the iconic Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh building and its restoration.

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February 2017
Free

Painting the past: using geological techniques to identify artists’ pigments in Roman archaeology – Edinburgh

13th February 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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This lecture will explore the use of geological techniques to identify pigments used in decorating Roman buildings and objects.

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Painting the past: using geological techniques to identify artists’ pigments in Roman archaeology – Aberdeen

14th February 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
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This lecture will explore the use of geological techniques to identify pigments used in decorating Roman buildings and objects.

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March 2017
Free

White, Black and Grey: recent discoveries at Aberdeen’s medieval friaries – Edinburgh

Recording and lifting one of the burials

Lecture exploring the excavated evidence for medieval friaries in Aberdeen.

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The restoration of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art – Aberdeen

21st March 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
Facade of Glasgow School of Art

Lecture exploring the iconic Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh building and its restoration.

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April 2017
Free

Portmahomack on Tarbat Ness – barometer of European politics – Edinburgh

10th April 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
wild boar carved in relief on a sarcophagus lid

The excavations at Portmahomack revealed activity on the site from the 6th century AD to the 15th century.

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Portmahomack on Tarbat Ness – Inverness – This event is now fully booked!

11th April 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Inverness Town Hall,
Castle Wynd
Inverness, IV2 3BJ United Kingdom
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wild boar carved in relief on a sarcophagus lid

The excavations at Portmahomack revealed activity on the site from the 6th century AD to the 15th century.

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May 2017
Free

The Tomb Uncovered – lecture (6pm-7pm), followed by reception (7-8pm). Now fully booked!

8th May 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dr. Margaret Maitland inspects a decorative box inscribed for King Amenhotep II

What were lives like in ancient Egypt? Examining two tombs excavated by Alexander Henry Rhind we explore this fascinating culture.

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Free

Sacred Heritage: Archaeology, Identity and Medieval Beliefs – Rhind Lectures

19th May 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 21st May 2017 @ 5:00 pm
View to Iona Abbey

Professor Roberta Gilchrist, University of Reading, will present the series of six Rhind Lectures in 2017.

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£35 - £40

Archaeological Research in Progress 2017

27th May 2017
A Society Lecture at the National Museum of Scotland

The annual national day conference updating you on recent research in Scotland.

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June 2017
Free

Medieval painted wooden vaults in Norwegian parish churches – Edinburgh

12th June 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Painted ceiling in a Norwegian stave church

The Lindsay Fischer Lecture will be presented by Professor Margrethe Stang, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

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Medieval painted wooden vaults in Norwegian parish churches – Aberdeen

13th June 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
Painted ceiling in a Norwegian stave church

The Lindsay Fischer Lecture will be presented by Professor Margrethe Stang, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

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Medieval painted wooden vaults in Norwegian parish churches – Kirkwall

14th June 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Overblikk restaurant, Orkney College,
East Road
Kirkwall, KW15 1PA
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Painted ceiling in a Norwegian stave church

The Lindsay Fischer Lecture will be presented by Professor Margrethe Stang, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

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Free

Scotland’s earliest people, their landscape and houses

17th June 2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House,
7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh
Edinburgh, EH1 2JL United Kingdom
Alan Saville, Past President of the Society

Mesolithic Scotland and its Neighbours, published in 2004 THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL A day conference in honour of Alan Saville, past Society of Antiquaries of Scotland President. The day will comprise of a set of brief talks but, more importantly, lots of discussion related to the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic occupation of Scotland, focused on the possible dwellings and ‘houses’ that have been excavated over the past few years. Since the 1999 conference and 2004 publication of…

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July 2017
£40 - £45

Summer Excursion 2017 – Saturday 1st July

1st July 2017 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Low Parks Museum and Hamilton Mausoleum, South Lanarkshire Join us on a visit to these Grade A listed buildings the first dating back to 1696 built as Portland, the private residence of David Crawford, lawyer and secretary to the 3rd Duke and Duchess of Hamilton.  Later, in 1784, purchased by the 8th Duke of Hamilton and made into a coaching inn housing famous travellers, such as Dr Johnson and James Boswell, and Dorothy and William Wordsworth. The second building is…

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August 2017
Free

Evening Reception – Sales Preview

9th August 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lyon & Turnbull,
33 Broughton Place
Edinburgh , EH1 3RR
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After a popular Sales Preview event last year kindly hosted by Lyon & Turnbull the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland is pleased to announce a similar event will take place this year. Please join us. There will be short talks given by experts from Lyon & Turnbull, the National Museum of Scotland and the Society on Scottish silver, Scottish pottery and much more, followed by a drinks reception and canapes. A good opportunity to mingle and preview sales items up…

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October 2017
Free

‘His little hour of royalty’: Charles Edward Stuart at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Lecture given by Dr Jacqueline Riding, Historian, Author and Honorary Research Fellow, Birkbeck College, University of London.     In the autumn of 1745 Charles Edward Stuart established a court at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, an episode that was later described by Andrew Lang as ‘his little hour of royalty.’ Yet, at this time, no one could have predicted for certain the outcome of the prince’s campaign. This lecture will challenge Lang’s glib assessment of the Stuart court at Holyrood,…

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‘His little hour of royalty’: Charles Edward Stuart at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

10th October 2017 @ 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 Dr Jacqueline Riding, Historian, Author and Honorary Research Fellow, Birkbeck College, University of London

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November 2017
Free

‘From Banditry to Books, from Reiving to Screeving: The Borders Enlightenment’

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(Venue: NMS Auditorium, Edinburgh) Lecture given by Professor Ted Cowan Hon FSA Scot, Emeritus Professor of Scottish History and Literature, University of Glasgow. This lecture seeks to explore and assess enlightenment influence upon the inhabitants of the Scottish Borders. It also asks whether it is possible that folk with surnames such as Hume and Scott, up to their necks in all kinds of violence, feuding, skullduggery and general mayhem, through to 1603 could, two or three generations later, transform or…

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In Sickness and in Health: NHS Grampian Archives

14th November 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom

Regent lecture Theatre, Aberdeen.   Fiona Musk, NHS Grampian Archivist.   In Sickness and in Health: NHS Grampian Archives. The development and future of the Archives and what these historic collections can tell us about the history of the North East of Scotland.

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‘From Banditry to Books, from Reiving to Screeving: The Borders Enlightenment’

15th November 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Dumfries Museum,
The Observatory, Rotchell Road,
Dumfries, DG2 7SW
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(Venue: Dumfries Museum, Dumfries) Lecture given by Professor Ted Cowan Hon FSA Scot, Emeritus Professor of Scottish History and Literature, University of Glasgow. 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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Free

Anniversary Meeting (AGM)

30th November 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grassmarket Centre,
86 Candlemaker Row
Edinburgh, EH1 2QA
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(Venue: Grassmarket Centre, Edinburgh) Including a lecture given by Peter Yeoman FSA FSA Scot MCIfA on the subject of 'Columba's Heavenly House', followed by a drinks reception sponsored by Tomatin Distillery Co. Ltd. (Please note the different venue and start time of this year's AGM).

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December 2017
Free

‘The General Register of Sasines – celebrating 400 years’

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Lecture given by Isla MacLeod, Registers of Scotland. Created by the 1617 Registration Act of the Parliament of Scotland, the General Register of Sasines was the first of its kind in the world. Whilst it is probably one of the lesser known world firsts chalked up for Scotland, its impact has been fundamental – here and aboard. The story of the General Register of Sasines and the organisation responsible for it, Registers of Scotland, reflects the social, economic and political…

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‘The General Register of Sasines – celebrating 400 years’

12th December 2017 @ 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 Isla MacLeod, Registers of Scotland

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January 2018
Free

‘In the Footsteps of Howard Kilbride-Jones and Robert Stevenson: New Research on Romano-British Glass Bangles’

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Lecture given by Dr Tatiana Ivleva, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Newcastle. The lecture presents new research conducted on the Romano-British glass bangles as part of the EU-funded project ‘GLOBALGLASS: Global glass adornments event horizon in Late Iron Age and Roman-period frontiers’. The talk will provide updated information as to the arrival of craft to Britain and discuss the craft itself, presenting new findings relating to the manufacture of the objects.    

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‘In the Footsteps of Howard Kilbride-Jones and Robert Stevenson: New Research on Romano-British Glass Bangles’

16th January 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 Dr Tatiana Ivleva, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Newcastle.

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February 2018
Free

‘Researching Scotland’s textile heritage through material culture evidence’

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Lecture given by Dr Anita Quye, Senior Lecturer, Conservation Science, History of Art, University of Glasgow. Many perspectives on the often colourful world of historical textiles are gained through scientific and historical research of material culture evidence in heritage collections. The particularly rich legacies of Scotland’s textile-producing past in museums and archives have led the University of Glasgow to investigate the significance and preservation needs of this fascinating material culture. Presented in this talk are research projects for Turkey red…

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From the Dee to the Don – the Archaeology of the AWPR/B-T

20th February 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: Kirsty Dingwall, Headland Archaeology The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty project, or Aberdeen Bypass as it is commonly known, is a major transport infrastructure project in the north-east of Scotland. The construction of the new road around the western limits of the city of Aberdeen and its surrounds provided an excellent opportunity to examine the archaeology of the region, cutting across sections of the landscape which have rarely been investigated until now. As…

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Free

‘Researching Scotland’s textile heritage through material culture evidence’

21st February 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Please note change of date from that advertised in printed Programme, now Wednesday 21st February 2018 (Venue: Kelvin Hall Lecture Theatre, 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow) Lecture given by Dr Anita Quye, Senior Lecturer, Conservation Science, History of Art, University of Glasgow. Many perspectives on the often colourful world of historical textiles are gained through scientific and historical research of material culture evidence in heritage collections. The particularly rich legacies of Scotland’s textile-producing past in museums and archives have led the…

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March 2018
Free

‘Recent work on the sunken Bronze Age town of Pavlopetri, Greece’

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Lecture given by Dr Jon Henderson, Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham. Joint lecture with the Prehistoric Society Pavlopetri, off the coast of Laconia, Greece, is the oldest submerged town in the world with remains dating from at least 3,500 BC through to the end of the Mycenaean period c.1,100 BC. Recent underwater research has traced structures over 8 hectares of seabed consisting of intact domestic buildings, larger public constructions, courtyards, streets, graves and rock-cut tombs. As the…

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‘Recent work on the sunken Bronze Age town of Pavlopetri, Greece’

13th March 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Inverness Town House,
Corner of High Street and Castle Street
Inverness, IV1 1JJ

March 13th, 7pm-8pm, (with Reception @ 6.30pm) Inverness Townhouse, Castle Street, Castle Wynd, IV1 1JJ Lecture given by Dr Jon Henderson, Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham. Joint lecture between the Society, High Life Highland and the Prehistoric Society. Pavlopetri, off the coast of Laconia, Greece, is the oldest submerged town in the world with remains dating from at least 3,500 BC through to the end of the Mycenaean period c.1,100 BC. Recent underwater research has traced structures over…

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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
Loch tay Crannog

  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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