April 2017
Newsletter #19
May: a Collection of Conferences! 
May is a busy month for Society events, and of particular interest to our newsletter readers might be Archaeological Research in Progress (ARP), on the 27th May. ARP is a national conference that examines recent and ongoing archaeological projects across Scotland. This years papers include:
  • Neolithic Halls, Bronze Age roundhouses and a late Bronze Age hoard at Carnoustie
  • Revealing the Cochno Stone
  • Metal Detecting in Scotland: Understanding the extent, its character & opportunities for engagement
  • Recent Excavations at Smelter’s Cave, Rosemarkie, on the Black Isle
  • Northern Picts: Latest Finds and Results
  • Scottish Medieval Window Glass: Chemical analysis
  • The SCOT2K Project: Progress in dating native pine buildings and archaeological sites in Scotland
  • Riddle’s Court: A Merchants House fit for a King
  • Desperately seeking Stevenson
  • ‘The most powerful naval fortress in the Empire’: the defence of the Firth of Forth 1880 to 1977
The annual Rhind Lectures also take place in May. This years speaker is Professor Roberta Gilchrist (University of Reading) who will give a series of lectures on Sacred Heritage: Archaeology, Identity and Medieval Beliefs. The Rhinds take place from the 19th to the 21st of May and are free to attend (booking required).

(left) Facial reconstruction of the skeletal remains recovered from Smelter’s Cave. © CAHID University of Dundee
(right) Iona High Cross
: provided to the Society by Roberta Gilchrist
See all of the Society's upcoming events here
Museums Update
Throughout May, our Museums Officer, Anna, will be hitting the road with visits to both Aberdeenshire and Orkney so April has been busy planning for this epic road trip. Doing the behind-the-scenes admin isn't very glamorous but is a really important part of the ScARF project. With our project partners dispersed across the country, and then again dispersed across many different museums within each area, an important part of our job is to keep on top of what is happening across the country and making sure that noone gets forgotten about. 
Net needles in the collections of Aberdeenshire Council museums service Photo © ScARF
Fish bones from Castlehill, Banff in the care of Aberdeenshire Council Museums Service
Photo © Anna MacQuarrie
Anna will be visiting curators and curatorial assistants across Aberdeenshire, and visiting museums that the ScARF project have not been to before - for a look at what each museum venue offers visit the Aberdeenshire Council website. Anna is particularly excited to learn about fishing-related collections and displays given the wealth of fishing heritage throughout the region. This will build on the work done during her February visit and will provide a chance to further get to know the exciting collections held by the service. The ScARF team are ever grateful for the time that staff give us to talk through ideas, and share their own knowledge. We're starting to look at the nitty-gritty of who could research what so remember to get in touch if you're working with Scottish material, wherever you are based.

Since starting the museums project, we've been contributing blog posts for the Scottish Museums Federation (read them here and here). The Fed have just celebrated their 80th birthday, with a conference held on the topic of 'A Positive Future: Institutions, Collections and Audiences' this month in Edinburgh. It was a great day with really thoughtful, positive and varied talks throughout - happy birthday to the Fed! We'll have another blog post for them soon so keep checking back.

Incoming SMF President Karyn McGhee addressing the audience
Photo © Scottish Museums Federation
Get in touch about the ScARF Museums project
Research Vacancies in Archaeology
We don't usually advertise posts in our e-newsletter but we couldn't resist this time. The University of Aberdeen currently has not one, but THREE research posts in archaeology open to applications. The posts are part of the Leverhulme funded Comparative Kingship: the early medieval Kingdoms of Northern Britain and Ireland project. The Comparative Kingship project will examine four early medieval polities in Ireland and Scotland, adopting an innovative interdisciplinary focus that tackles the formation of the socio-political landscapes of these regions utilizing archaeological, historical, toponymic and palaeoenvironmental methodologies along with Bayesian-modelled chronologies.

The posts are for 2 Research Fellows and 1 Research Assistant and the closing date for all three is the 12th May
Read more about the vacancies
Conferences and Lectures
Rural settlement: relating buildings, landscape, and people in the European Iron Age
Internationale Tagung 19-21 June, 2017, University of Edinburgh jointly organised by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Eisenzeit, the University of Edinburgh and the First Millennia Studies Group

Registration for the workshop will close at midnight, 4 June 2017, with the fee covering all three days of papers (there is no other option).
Settlements vary across Iron Age Europe, in unit size and density, distribution and landscape management strategies, but also in terms of preservation. The rich Scottish evidence, with some exceptional preservation, offers valuable comparison to continental or Scandinavian material.

The longer time-frames of northern Iron Ages allow tracing of long-term developments. This workshop will connect evidence and views from across Europe to inform dialogue on common themes, regional variation and the roles of rural settlements in Iron Age societies. A holistic approach is encouraged that assimilates individual buildings into the changing textures of wider landscapes, patterns of land holding, density and permanency of settlement and the variability of land use strategies. 
Photo © University of Edinburgh
Book a place at the conference
Scribes and Royal Authority: a guided tour
5 May 2017
11.00 - 11.45am, and at 12.15 - 1.00pm
General Register House, Edinburgh

A guided visit to the exhibition 'Scribes and Royal Authority: Scotland's Charters 1100-1250'
Professor Dauvit Broun and Joanna Tucker (University of Glasgow)

This special guided tour by guest curators, Professor Dauvit Broun and Joanna Tucker, will reveal the significance of some of Scotland’s oldest charters and the scribes who wrote them 800 years ago.

This events is free to attend; for the full information and how to book please see the National Records of Scotland website.
Find out more about the guided tour
MGS Conference 2017 Inequalities: Bridging the Gap

The overarching theme of the 2017 Conference will be Inequalities: Bridging the Gap and it will focus on the work that museums are doing to address inequalities. The day will be organised around three sub-themes:
Education, Health and Widening access.

The conference will create opportunities for knowledge exchange between museums and galleries and other sectors, so we would welcome submissions from people outside the museum sector, keen to share knowledge relevant to the conference themes, as well as from those within the sector.

Visit the conference website
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 have some new research data or an exciting new site that can add to our archaeological picture.

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