Museums workshops and a new exciting student conference!
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October 2017
Newsletter #25

Highland Archaeology Festival

This years Highland Archaeology Festival Conference took place on the 14th and 15th October in Inverness. The first paper of the weekend was about ScARF and the work we hope to be undertaking in the Highland region in the near future, as well as regional archaeological frameworks in general. 
Some of the great community poster boards on display at the conference. Image from . 
There were lots of great papers on a huge range of topics: everything from research excavations at Tarradale that had just packed up the previous week, to experimental and theatrical archaeology with fire and flame to developer led investigations over the absolutely huge areas created by road and golf course footprints. Thanks again to Highland Council for inviting us to speak and for putting on such a well organised weekend. 

ScARF Museums Project: Archaeology in Aberdeenshire

In partnership with Aberdeenshire Council Museums Service, and as part of the series of ScARF Museums workshops, we are please to announce that registration is open for our Aberdeenshire workshop! 

It will take place on Monday 27th November in Mintlaw Discovery Centre.
This free one-day workshop is aimed at those working (whether paid staff or volunteers) in the heritage sector in Aberdeenshire.

The basic ideas behind archaeological research and curation will be introduced, with a focus on the archaeology and heritage of Aberdeenshire. There will be talks and training by specialists in local archaeology and museums as well as discussion and object handling. We basically want to be able to provide a space for people to come together and learn from each other as well as from local experts, since we know there isn't usually the chance for folk to do this kind of learning and networking for free, especially in locations other than the usual central belt ones!
There will be talks on a variety of topics, including; obtaining archaeological assemblages and artefacts, recording procedures, what collections are for, storing collections, what can be learnt from assemblages, how to interpret and display archaeological collections, how social history collections can assist archaeological research etc. People coming along are being asked to provide three questions they would like to know the answers to in order to help up tailor the day for those who will be there. Speakers will include archaeologists and museums curators.

For more information please email Sign ups will close in early November and places are limited. 
Register for the workshop

Getting in touch with the ScARF team

If you want to get in touch with us face to face, rather than via email (, or telephone, here is a round up of where you can find the ScARF team out of the office over the coming month. 
Just a wee reminder that the closing date for submissions to this year’s Discovery and Excavation in Scotland is the 15th November 2017. So if you have a site you wish to create an entry for, then why not submit the entry using the form found on the DES webpage?

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Invitation to the ArchAIDE Discussion Workshop in York

ArchAIDE is a three-year, Horizon 2020 funded project which aims to help archaeologists who may not have access to a pottery specialist identify their pottery. While not designed to replace the vital knowledge of the specialist community, ArchAIDE seeks to complement by speeding time consuming tasks, providing support for non-specialists, and helping students learn more about pottery recognition.

The ArchAIDE team would like to invite feedback from the research community on the direction of the project, and the development of the ArchAIDE app. Please join us in York for this discussion workshop, which will introduce the ArchAIDE project, and the prototype workflow for the ArchAIDE app, along with the underlying topics and technologies.
More about the workshop
Scottish Student Archaeology Society Conference
University of Glasgow Archaeology students

The first ever Scottish Student Archaeology Society Conference will take place in March 2018. This year it is being run by Glasgow University Archaeology Society, based in the Archaeology Department of the University Of Glasgow and in partnership with Edinburgh, Aberdeen and St Andrews University Student Archaeological Societies. This promises to be the first of an exciting new conference series that will switch host university annually.

The Seminar sessions within the conferences focus on aspects of Scottish Archaeology chosen by the hosting committee. These will cover a broad range of time periods, allowing for a wide variety of speakers and talks, that will offer something of interest to everyone.

Students whose research does not fit our seminar themes will have the opportunity to present their research at a poster session during the course of the weekends events.

Tickets are only £10 (including a ceilidh!) and those interested in presenting research or just attending can express an interest on the form available form the link below.
Sign up for the conference
Last but not least, remember that for some of our readers, clocks will go back this coming Sunday at 2am! That's a whole extra hour to catch up on all things archaeological you might have piling up to read or read about sundials in ScARF! or even 
The sundial at Aberdour Castle. Image from Rosser1954 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
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