March 2018
Newsletter #29

ScARF Skills Workshop: Zooarchaeology

We are pleased to announce that the next ScARF Skills Workshop is now open for registration!

The aim of this workshop, postponed from last year, is to develop general skills in understanding zooarchaeology and to introduce the audience to zooarchaeological material and data.

Date and Time: Friday 27th April 2018 10am-4pm
Place: University of Edinburgh
Cost: The workshop is free to attend and lunch will be provided
This will include:
  • animal bone collection
  • animal bone handling (in the field, during post excavation, in museums)
  • animal bone identification
  • animal bone recording procedures (including terminology used and what it is best practice to include)
  • what information is retrievable from animal bone remains
  • how specialists present faunal data and how to decode specialist reports to use them in wider reporting (including site level interpretations)
  • bone archival policy and what happens to collections in storage
  • where to look for further study and research
  • This course is aimed at:
  • archaeologists (field, project managers, post ex staff)
  • museum staff with curatorial and collections responsibilities
By the end of the day, attendees will have a basic knowledge of the theory and methods involved in the collection and analysis of animal bones. Reference collections will be used to consider aspects of research, curation, displaying and interpreting zooarchaeology and archaeological data. The tutors for the day will be Dr Robin Bendrey (University of Edinburgh), Catherine Smith (Alder Archaeology) and Cat Irving (Surgeons' Hall Museums).
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SAIR User Feedback Survey

Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports (SAIR) is an Open Access publication which was established by a consortium comprising the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Historic Scotland, and the Council for British Archaeology. Its purpose was to publish freely accessible and fully peer reviewed information more suited to an electronic format than a traditional print journal.

The Council for British Archaeology hosted SAIR on its servers until 2012, when the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland decided to move the papers and the SAIR website to the Archaeology Data Service to ensure that the material is archived for the future at a Trusted Digital Repository.

It has been 18 years since the first SAIR report (‘Dundrennan Abbey: archaeological inverstigation within the south range of a Cistercian house in Kirkcudbrightshire (Dumfries & Galloway), Scotland’) published. SAIR reports have covered the length and breadth of Scotland – from Shetland to the Scottish borders; from Old Town Edinburgh to the Outer Hebrides – and represents almost two decades of archaeological discovery in Scotland and represent almost two decades of archaeological discovery.

It was always intended that the Society would continue to explore new technologies and develop SAIR to ensure that it meets the needs of those who use it. As we approach the publication of the 75th SAIR report in March 2018, the Society is seeking the views of those who read and publish in SAIR to ensure it continues to fulfil its purpose. Whether you are an author or a reader, an avid user, or have only read the one paper, we’d love to hear about your experience of using SAIR.

Please click the link below to complete a short questionnaire (it should take you around 10 minutes) – there’s also a chance to win a £50 book voucher for the Society’s online shop!

Complete the survey

Upcoming Lectures and Conferences

TRAC/RAC, 12-14th April, Edinburgh
There are still spaces available at the upcoming combined Roman Archaeology Conference (RAC) and Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC).

This is the premier international event devoted to Roman archaeology. The two conferences are held together every two years and attract a broad international audience. In 2018, RAC/TRAC will be hosted by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, from Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 April 2018. A trip to the Antonine Wall will be arranged for Sunday 15 April 2018. 

There are 30 sessions and over 200 presentations to look forward to!
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First Millennia Studies Group Day Seminar
The call for papers for the First Millennia Studies Group Day Seminar is now open! Sex and gender identities in the first millennia: Scottish evidence and its wider context, a day seminar  will be held on Tuesday 19 June 2018 to in the Meadows Lecture Theatre, University of Edinburgh.

Offers of papers, including a title and a short abstract, specifying whether a full 20 minute paper or a Lightening Round contribution, should be sent to by Friday 30th March 2018.

Find out more

ScARF related vacancies

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland is seeking an exceptional candidate for the post of ScARF Project Manager.

Followers of ScARF on Twitter might have noticed posts about this vacancy already - it's true, we're looking for a new ScARF Project Manager. This post will replace current manager, Emma, whom you may know, as she is leaving ScARF for pastures new. The post will be responsible for every aspect of the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework project, from sourcing contributors and content to final publication and marketing, ensuring consistency and high academic standards throughout.  The main aims of the role are to manage and keep updated the existing Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF) project period panel reports, to create, manage and publish new regional research frameworks, and to manage the ScARF Museums Project.  The post will also help develop and deliver the Society’s role within Aim 2 of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy. The post is part time (22 hours per week) and offered until the end of March 2019.

You can read more about the post and download a job description and background information from

The closing date is the 8th April. If you would like an informal chat about the role please get in touch!

Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands are looking to recruit a Project Officer to work on the Regional Archaeological Research Framework for the Highlands as part of the wider ScARF project.

The successful applicant to the post of Project Officer will need to have good research skills and a familiarity with heritage databases, archaeological publications and other sources which can help build a picture of archaeological research in the Highlands from earliest settlement through to the end of the 20th century.

The main duties of the post will be to identify gaps in data, inconsistencies and issues in HER/CANMORE records (and contribute updates to both where needed), and help to provide good data for the panels.

You can read more about the vacancy at

The closing date is the 29th March.

Last but not least!

Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee are kindly offering back issues of the Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal for FREE! Volumes 5 to 18 are available, with the exception of volumes 6 and 10 which are out of print. Copies can be collected from Perth or at the next Archaeological Research in Progress conference in Stirling. Alternatively, those willing to pay postage can have copies sent to them direct.

If you are interested, please get in touch with
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