November 2016
Newsletter #14
7 ScARF bursary holders become Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Some of the newly elected Fellows at the 2016 AGM © Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Congratulations are due to all of the new Fellows of the Society, elected at last weeks AGM but some deserve a special ScARF mention - the following new Fellows were all recipients of a ScARF student bursary in the past year and all have been working on some aspects of the archaeology of Scotland. 
  • Sara Manavian, University of Glasgow
  • Albina Hulda Palsdottir, Agricultural University of Iceland
  • Youri van den Hurk, Institute of Archaeology, UCL
  • Alexandra Fitzpatrick, University of Bradford
  • Caterina Scire Calabrisotto, University of Venice
  • Rena Maguire, Queens University Belfast
  • Zechariah Jinks-Fredrick, University of Hull
There will be more ScARF bursaries for various archaeological events and meetings during 2017, so keep an eye out on our website and here in the newsletter. 
Read the ScARF Student reports here
What have the ScARF team been up to this month?
November was a busy month for conferences and meetings for the ScARF team, including:
  • National Heritage Science Forum Research Strategy Summit, Stirling 
  • Scottish History Society digital launch event at the National Library, Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh, Lothians & Borders archaeology conference, Musselburgh
  • Future Directions for Archaeology in Northern Ireland symposium, Belfast
  • Museums Association conference, Glasgow
  • FISH HEIRNET strategic meeting and talks, Edinburgh
It is great to attend these sorts of things and take part in a variety of discussions from the large, overarching strategic issues to the small local ones. Whilst these sorts of events can mean a lot of time out of the office, we love to meet those working in the many fields of research across the heritage sector. Keep up the good work, everybody!

We are also excited to be planning our own workshops for 2017, including a series of workshops on building your skills in researching archaeological museums collections - so keep in touch with us to find out more about those. 
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Museums Update: Aberdeenshire
Aberdeenshire Farming Museum in Aden Country Park. Aberdeenshire Council run the Farming Museum, which holds a Recognised Collection of 2000+ obects representating all aspects of agricultural life. Photo © Bruce Mann
The ScARF team met with colleagues from Aberdeenshire council museum services earlier this month and we are pleased to report that there looks to be much exciting work to do ahead! We discussed the long-term benefits this partnership could entail, including getting more researchers engaged with existing archaeological collections and creating capacity for further research within Aberdeenshire museums. We are hopeful that increased research will feed into continuing interpretation of the collections and future exhibitions. The museums service have already identified key areas of the collection which would be of use to them to research, which tie in well to our overarching ScARF themes of Farming and Fishing. 

If you're undertaking research relating to Aberdeenshire and any aspects of museum collections, get in touch with Anna. 
Get in touch about the ScARF Museums project
ScARF website update: Open Access articles
The latest page on the ScARF website is a place to list recently published Open Access articles related Scottish archaeology. The list is short at the moment but with an increasing interest in publishing this way, it is hoped that the page will become a useful resource for researchers. At the moment, you can find out about topics as diverse as cist burials, rodents as food or pests and how the Picts may have groomed their beards!
Visit the Open Access articles page on ScARF
Conferences and Lectures
The Society for Post Medieval Archaeology
The SPMA are looking for 15 minute papers or posters for their Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress 2017. 

This event is open to all researchers at any stage of their career to report recent research on any aspect of post-medieval/historical archaeology, and they would love some Scottish contributions!

Please send offers of papers (title and abstract of up to 150 words) to Professor Harold Mytum by 15 December. 
Find out more about the conference
First Millennia Studies Group

Evidence of iron working - crucibles from the site at Culduthel, Inverness © Headland Archaeology Ltd and NMS 

The next lecture in the 2016 – 2017 First Millennia Studies Group seminar series will be on the 6th December. There will be two presentations:

Candy HatherleyAn Iron Age metal-working community at Culduthel, Inverness – Conclusions

Scott StetkiewiczFerrous slag analysis in Scotland and beyond

As usual, the lectures will be at 6:00pm in the Teviot Lecture Theatre in the Archaeology Department, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Edinburgh.

Visit the First Millennia Studies Group 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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