News  |  Posted April 24, 2019

Rhind Lecture Collection 2019

The prestigious annual Rhind lectures will take place from 10 May to 12 May 2019. This year,
Professor David J Breeze HonFSA Scot will be lecturing on:
‘Hadrian’s Wall: A Study in Archaeological Exploration and Interpretation’.

Hadrian’s Wall was built to defend the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire in AD 122, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site that spans 73 miles from east to west. Professor Breeze will, over the course of six lectures, examine the ways that data about the Wall has been created over the years, and examine specific aspects of the Wall in depth.

The Rhind lectures are an annual highlight of the Society calendar, which we like to accompany with a collection of our favourite related books and articles from across the years. This year’s selection relates to Roman influence in Scotland – in particular artefacts and materials, as well as key sites and finds from Roman interactions with the native population of Scotland. You might even spot one or two papers by our lecturer!


Roger Mercer, Native and Roman on the Northern Frontier: Excavations and Survey in a Later Prehistoric Landscape in Upper Eskdale, Dumfriesshire. Edinburgh, 2018. £30.00.

Fraser Hunter and Kenneth Painter (eds) Late Roman Silver: The Traprain Treasure in Context. Edinburgh, 2013. £50.00

Lawrence Keppie The Antiquarian Rediscovery of the Antonine Wall. Edinburgh, 2012.

Rebecca H Jones Roman Camps in Scotland. Edinburgh, 2011.

Hunter, F 2016 ‘’, Proc Soc Antiq Scot 145: 213-28.

Bateson, J & Holmes, N M McQ 2013 ‘’, Proc Soc Antiq Scot 143: 227-64.

Breeze, D J 1985 ‘’, Proc Soc Antiq Scot 115: 223-8.

Keppie, L & Breeze, D J 1982 ‘’, Proc Soc Antiq Scot 111: 229-47.

Cook, M, Lawson, J & McLaren, D 2017 ‘Excavations and interventions in and around Cramond Roman fort and annexe, 1976 to 1990’, Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports 74.

Dunbar, L & Engl, R 2016 ‘A Roman road runs through it: excavations at Newbridge, Edinburgh’, Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports 59.

If you’d like to read more Rhind-related material, why not revisit our Special collections from previous years? This collection from 2017 brings together Alexander Rhind’s own publications, while this collection from 2018 focuses on Neolithic and Iron Age building technologies.

There’s still time to book your ticket for this year’s lectures. Please visit the event page for more information:

The Rhind Lectures 2019 are kindly sponsored by AOC Archaeology.