January 2017
Newsletter #16
ScARF Workshop: The Life of a Lithic
The first in a series of free to attend skills building workshops, hosted by ScARF and delivered by a series of specialists, will take place on Monday the 13th of March 2017 at the National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh.
Arrowheads and a Levall core - if you want to know more about the archaeology of these sorts of things then come along! (photos: T.B. Ballin).
Lithics will be the topic of the day, with talks by subject experts including Torben Ballin, Julie Lochrie and Neil Curtis as well as object handling sessions and the chance to ask anything you ever wanted to know about lithics! This workshop is aimed at both archaeologists and museum professionals.

You can register for the workshop using the link below. Please note that we expect demand for places to be high so if you would like to attend please complete the form as soon as possible!
Register for the Lithics workshop
ScARF and three Local Authorities successful in obtaining funding for South East Scotland regional research framework
The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and ScARF have recently received notice that Historic Environment Scotland (HES) intend to award the requested funds to carry out work on the South East Scotland Archaeological Research Framework (SESARF).
Watch out for a more detailed announcement soon but in the meantime please feel free to get in touch with any questions.
Ask about SESARF
Scotland's Archaeology Strategy outlines a vision that there will be a network of regional research frameworks across Scotland by 2020. In order to discuss the practicalities of this and other related questions, there will be a symposium on the 27th March 2017, jointly hosted by Historic Environment Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Invites will be sent out in the coming weeks but if you would like to register interest please do so as soon as possible by emailing
Museums Update: Aberdeenshire here we come!
We're excited to be booking accommodation and making plans for our first visit to the collections held by Aberdeenshire Council museums service in February. The farming collection holds Recognised status, as awarded by MGS; here's what they say about it:

"The remarkable collection has been compiled over the last thirty years. It consists of over 2000 groups of objects representing all aspects of agricultural life and with particular strengths in mixed livestock and arable farming.  Amongst the collection are two complete buildings including the reconstructed Hareshowe Farm House and Steading.

The collection is drawn from the north-east and illustrates the development of farming on estates, the evolution of tenanted farms and small owner-occupied units.  This expands its significance beyond the area of its origin to represent the whole of Scotland."

But it's not just modern Aberdeenshire we're interested in. Take a look at our Bronze Age panel report to get an idea of the wealth of objects and artefacts currently known from the region. If you're undertaking research using museum collections in the area, get in touch via the button below.

Get in touch about the ScARF Museums project
Best practice for excavation of roundhouses document launched

Typical roundhouse in plan. Taken from the “Excavating Prehistoric Roundhouses
Guidance on good practice and effective outcome for future research” publication. Image © Tanja Romankiewicz

A best practice document for Aberdeenshire roundhouses was recently launched as part of the Building (Ancient) Lives project.

Dr Tanja Romankiewicz (University of Edinburgh) and Bruce Mann (Aberdeenshire Council Archaeology Service), have developed a best practice document for excavating and analysing Aberdeenshire roundhouses. The document aims to inform Local Authorities, contractors and community groups to maximise data for local Historic Environment Records and future research.

For project updates, keep an eye on the website or follow Dr Romankiewicz on Twitter, @BldAncientLives.

Visit the 'Building Ancient Lives' website
Conferences and Lectures
Late Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology in Germany, Britain and Ireland
Wednesday 20 – Friday 22 September 2017
German Maritime Museum – Leibniz-Institute for German Maritime History, Bremerhaven, Germany

In 2017 the German Society of Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Archäologie des Mittelalters und der Neuzeit, DGAMN) and the UK-based Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology (SPMA) will come together for the first time for a joint conference. Both societies pursue similar goals, and the main objective of this conference is to bring the two organisations and their members closer together in order to facilitate potential future collaborations and projects.

The focus of this conference will be the similarities and differences in approaches practised on both sides of the North Sea. Papers will offer opportunities to engage with the current state of research and future directions for the archaeology of the late medieval and post-medieval (including modern) periods in Germany, Britain and Ireland. Your paper suggestions should relate to one (or more) of the following core themes:

1) Theoretical and methodological approaches
2) Cultural Heritage Management
3) Material Culture Studies
4) Maritime Archaeology

The conference will take place on 20 to 22 September 2017 at the German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven. Conference languages are English and German, but we encourage paper submissions in English. Please submit your paper abstracts (up to 250 words) by 30 April 2017 to Dr Natascha Mehler at

Find out more about the conference
ScARF website updates
The Open Access articles page on ScARF lists some of the most recently published articles relating to Scottish archaeology that are free for all. Since the last e-newsletter there have been some additions including: 
  • Excavation of two Early Bronze Age Short Cists and a Prehistoric Pit at Lindsayfield, near Stonehaven, and a
  • report on the 1996-2006 research at Ben Lawers. 
The Calendar of Events is also regularly updated and includes details of a number of archaeological seminars and research events across Scotland, including public lectures, University seminars and conferences. 


If you have any publications or events you would like to be considered for addition to the ScARF website, then just let us know!
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