August 2016
Newsletter #11

ScARF Museums Update

Tankerness House, home of the Orkney Museum in Kirkwall. photo credit: Sheila Garson
Our Museums Officer, Anna, is gearing up for a two-week long visit to Orkney at the beginning of September. Whilst there Anna will be giving a series of talks on ScARF and the Society (some of which will be open to the public) as well as meeting people from across the heritage sector, spreading the word on how we hope to promote archaeological research in and with museums.

Anna will be based in Orkney Museum, Kirkwall and working with museums staff from Orkney Islands Council on their collections. If you would like to get in touch with Anna to discuss anything archaeological, then you can use the details below. 

At time of writing dates and locations are still being confirmed for the talks, so keep an eye on our twitter feed if you’re in Orkney and want to come along - during her visit Anna will be using the hashtag #ScARFOrkney. If you aren't based in Orkney, but work with collections or assemblages relating to the islands then we'd also love to hear from you. The main themes for this phase of the project are farming and fishing, so we’re especially keen to hear from folk working in those fields.
Get in touch with Anna
Panel Update: Medieval Archaeology
Artist's impression of market stalls in medieval Perth by Maureen Rooney Mitchell (reproduced by kind permission of Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee). From section 3.6 of the Medieval report - Commerce, industry and manufacturing
The Medieval panel reconvened earlier this month and have agreed to a series of updates to the current version. It was great to have such lively discussion and a number of archaeological topics to review were noted, including Medieval landscape management, surviving Medieval landscapes, royal power centers and the study of weapons. If you would like to suggest revisions or additions to the 2012 report, then please get in touch.

One of the things that it was agreed was important was to make sure that commercial archaeological units are involved in any updates, as these are the people most likely to come across archaeology every day. Since the ScARF Medieval report was first published in 2012, exciting finds have included Partick Castle (GUARD Archaeology), Hunterston Sands harbour (Wessex Archaeology (Scotland)) and a 'knightly' burial (Headland). It was also agreed that the research recommendations made in 2012 could be made easier to read, so that is something that will be worked on in the near future. 

Remember, the current report is still available to read for free at
Get in touch about Scottish Medieval Archaeology
Student Network update
Four more student reports have been added at, from the 14C and Archaeology conference and the Nordic Research Network. 

At the moment we are interested in hearing from any students or conveners of University courses in Archaeology, Museums or collections research who may wish to get involved with our Museums project.We want to explore better ways of integrating existing collections into answering current archaeological research questions. Contact Anna for more details. 

We are currently planning our next round of visits to University departments to talk about the Society and ScARF, so let us know if you would like a visit to your institution. 
Email us about University visits
Conference News
Photo © University of Durham
Conference in Memoriam Alan Saville
Save the date! Saturday the 17th June 2017 will see the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Wessex Archaeology (Scotland) and the ScARF project host a one day conference in honour of Professor Alan Saville, past Society President. The conference papers will be 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. 

Further details will be released nearer the time, but the conference will take place in the National Museums Scotland Auditorium, starting at 9am. 
Register your interest in attending the conference
Photo © University of Durham
Edge of Empire: Researching Northern Roman Britain
A Postgraduate and early career conference focussing on Roman Research in Northern England and Scotland takes place next month on the 2nd September at the University of Durham. 

The conference will be opened by Professor Richard Hingley (Durham University) with a keynote speech given by Dr Rebecca Jones (Historic Environment Scotland) and summation by Professor David Breeze (Durham University). 

The ScARF Roman panel report can be found at
Find out more about the Edge of Empire
Next month...
Next e-newsletter we will have updates from Orkney, the European Association of Archaeologists conference, the Society for Post Medieval group conference and the regional research frameworks. 
Don't forget the you can get in touch with us if you have a question about the existing archaeological content in ScARF or how you can use the resource. We'd also love to hear from you if you would like to be involved with the next editions of the panel reports, for example if you have some new research data or an exciting new site that can add to our archaeological picture.

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