Dr Euan MacKie Legacy Fund

To provide for scientific analyses or reconstruction images relating to Neolithic or Iron Age Scotland

Dr Euan MacKie

Dr Euan MacKie

Reflecting Dr Euan MacKie‘s interests in Scottish archaeology this new fund will provide for scientific analyses, including radiocarbon dates, or for visualisations or reconstruction images relating to Neolithic or Iron Age Scotland with a particular emphasis on brochs, duns, vitrified forts and stone circles.

The Dr Euan MacKie Legacy Fund will initially be available for three years (2021 to 2023 inclusive) with possible extension for a further two years through the generosity of his family, who are donating the funds, so please take advantage of this offer while it is available.

A maximum of £3,900 is currently available.

All analyses will be undertaken at the SUERC (Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre), who will work with successful applicants to ensure the best results possible. In addition to radiocarbon dating, other analyses include Stable Carbon, Nitrogen and Sulphur isotopes in bone collagen for palaeodietary studies, Strontium isotopes (87Sr/86Sr) in tooth enamel for geographic provenance, and Oxygen isotopes in tooth enamel for geographic provenance.

Consideration of applications for visualisations or reconstruction images will be undertaken in collaboration with Forestry and Land Scotland archaeologist Matt Ritchie FSAScot.  Matt can also work with successful applicants to ensure the best results possible.

Applications should be made on the form available below, with decisions made throughout the year while funds last; the next deadline for applications being 30 June 2021. Grants are made on the recommendation of the Director.

NB: With many thanks to the family of Dr Euan MacKie, who are making this very welcome grant fund available.  They welcome any further contributions to increase the size of grant available each year. If you are interested in contributing please contact Andrea Kaszewski, the Fellowship and Development Manager of the Society (andrea@socantscot.org).

An obituary for Dr MacKie is available here.


Detailed grant notes and regulations are available with the application form below – please ensure you read these thoroughly before applying for a grant.

Scientific analyses will be conducted by the SUERC and cost the following:

When considering visualisations or reconstruction images be clear as to what the reason for the image is, and where it will be published. There are no restrictions as to what could form a visualisation or reconstruction image, although it must relate directly to the site types mentioned above.


Grant applications should be addressed to the Director and arrive by email on or before 30 June 2021.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that supporting referees are agreeable to their nomination and able to respond to enquiries from the Society, and that the form is completed correctly.

A decision on funding will be taken as soon as possible after the deadline depending on the number of applications. Applicants can therefore expect to hear whether or not they have been successful either later in July or August.

Further deadlines regarding the use of grant money and reporting can be found in the guidelines.

Application Form

Download the Guidelines and Application Form

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