March 2017 - (slightly delayed, apologies!)
Newsletter #18
Symposium: Regional Archaeological Research Frameworks
ScARF Museums Officer Anna waiting to welcome symposium attendees in the splendid surroundings of the Royal Society Edinburgh ©ScARF
Around 50 people from across Scotland (and beyond!) attended our first symposium on regional archaeological frameworks, which was held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on the 27th March.

The day was a really interesting one, with lots of discussion and debate around such topics as "what exactly is a region" and "who might want to be involved in working in regions"? Next steps for us include further work on creating regions and working with groups in each one to try and work out the practicalities of starting up archaeological frameworks. 

One of the exciting outcomes of the day was that as a result of the symposium, there are at least two new regions proposed for future work so watch this space! 

If you are interested in being involved with regional archaeological frameworks in your area then get in touch. Part of ScARF's remit with these is to help get interested parties to work together - so if there is enough interest in a specific area then that might just be the next one to be worked on!
ScARF Workshop: The Life of a Lithic
The first in our series of Skills Workshops took place in mid-March and saw 14 people fall in love with all things Lithic! The group learnt about the processes that lithic objects can go through from recovery to display or storage and about how specialists such as our tutors Torben Ballin and Julie Lochrie study them and what can be learnt from even the tiniest microlith. Thanks to everyone who applied to attend the skills workshop - we are sorry we couldn't accomodate you all!

To find out more about future skills workshops, keep an eye out in this e-newsletter and on the ScARF website.
The first ScARF Skills Workshop underway ©ScARF
Post Medieval Archaeology Congress in Hull
At the end of March, we attended the Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress held in Hull and hosted by the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology, where we gave a paper in the 'New Approaches' session. We talked about how we are incorporating research on existing museums collections into ScARF and what we have done with our Museums project so far.

There was a great turn out for the paper, especially given we were second-to-last on the final day of the conference, so thanks to everyone who came along and listened. We met great people doing really interesting work from around the UK and beyond ('Hei' to all our new Finnish archaeology friends!) throughout the weekend, with the many papers on maritime and fishing themes being of particular interest to us given our 'fishing' research focus for our museums project.
Assembled delegates and speakers of PMAC 2017. Photo © Rachel Askew 

Now that we're back in the office, our Museums Officer, Anna, is busy planning the next visits to our partner museums services in Aberdeenshire and Orkney. More in our next e-newsletter!
Upcoming event: Museums data and OASIS 
Most archaeologists working in Scotland (and the wider UK) will know about OASIS - Online AccesS to the Index of archaeological investigationS. OASIS is currently undergoing redevelopment and part of that process involves trying to realise a long held ambition to better integrate museums into the process.

As part of our Museums Project, ScARF will be hosting a small workshop on the 12th May 2017 to try and bring together those working with OASIS in a museums and archaeology setting to learn more about OASIS and plans for its development.

Jo Gilham (HERALD Project Manager) at the ADS and Peter McKeague (Spatial Information Manager, HES) will be on hand to answer questions and to let those who will be (or could be) using HERALD know more about how the redevelopment might affect their work. 

If you work with OASIS at the moment in a museums and archaeology setting, or are involved with the deposition of archaeological archives in Scotland and want to know more about the workshop then please get in touch. 

Related links: 

Register interest for the 12th May
Conferences and Lectures
Call for Papers: ‘Our Islands, Our Past’
Looking over the Loch of Stenness to the hills of Hoy, Orkney ©Anna MacQuarrie
This conference is organised by the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute and is intended to contribute to the Scottish Government’s ‘Our Islands, Our Future’ agenda, initiated by the Local Authorities of the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland. It will take place between the 14th and 17th September 2017.

The organisers welcome contributions that engage critically with Scottish islands’ archaeology as well as comparative islands perspectives and aspects of recent and contemporary archaeology, and also encourage multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary contributions.

Research themes include: Migration, Abandonment, Creativity and Innovation, Islands and identities, Future islands, future archaeologies, Materials and resources, Travellers and voyagers, Boundedness and permeability, Island utopias, Connectivity and communications and Fragility, sustainability.

Papers will be 20 minute presentations. Abstracts of no more than 150 words together with name, email and institution should be sent to:

Call for papers closes 30th April 2017
Find out more
Archaeological Research in Progress 2017
Audience in the NMS lecture theatre ©Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Registration is now open for Scotland’s national annual Archaeological Research in Progress (ARP) conference, which will take place on Saturday 27 May 2017 at the National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh.

This event is jointly hosted by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Archaeology Scotland and aims to cover archaeological research in progress from across Scotland covering all periods. Highlights for this year will include news from the recent excavations at Carnoustie as well as 16th century finds from Riddles Court.
Register for ARP 2017
Roman Archaeology Conference 2018
Roman archaeology! © Emma Jane O'Riordan
The next Roman Archaeology Conference will be hosted by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, 19-21 April 2018, the first time that RAC has been held in Edinburgh. The Roman Archaeology Conference (RAC) is the premier international conference devoted to Roman archaeology. It is organised by the Roman Society every two years.

A Call for Sessions has been issued. The deadline for this 28 April 2017.

Find out more on the conference webpage but our readers might be particularly interested in the following "the Roman Archaeology Conference will have a full session devoted to Roman Britain (for which organisers are sought)" - take note!
Find out more about RAC 2018
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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