Are you an archaeologist in the Edinburgh and Borders area? If so, then you might be interested in the newly formed, non-partisan, Edinburgh Archaeological Symposium, a new monthly discussion group for all archaeologists – commercial, academic and student! A series of presentations, debates and discussions about the methodology, issues and practice of archaeology within the different archaeological sectors in Scotland.
Alongside the more obvious training opportunities that should be offered by units and institutions to their employees, the EASY group feel that it is important that archaeologists also engage in ‘soft’ training such as discussion groups, conferences and lectures in order to stay abreast of developments, new sites or theories and new techniques. It has also been noted that commercial archaeology would benefit from a workforce that is more engaged with current academic thought and processes and that, equally, academic archaeologists would benefit from a more nuanced understanding of commercial practices, excavation techniques and solutions.Something close to heart and aims of the ScARF project!
It is hoped that future EASY events will be informal discussion of a non-commercially sensitive topic within archaeology e.g. dealing with a waterlogged site; the use of geophysics in Scotland; infilling processes within negative features etc. The event would involve a speaker from one of the units/organisations around Scotland and would be a chance for individuals to add to CPD logs or Skills Passports cheaply, easily and most of all, interestingly!
The first session will be at the Beehive pub on Grassmarket on 24 July at 3pm. The subject will be “The Training Hour: appropriate on-site training within the commercial sector.” If you are able to attend or have any feedback on the idea then please email Ben Saunders (firstname.lastname@example.org).