May 2016
Newsletter #8
Updates to the Panel reports: Marine and Maritime, Bronze Age, Medieval and Roman!

The Fuday wreck located on a beach in the Sound of Barra, as discussed in the Marine and Maritime archaeology panel report at © Headland 
The Marine and Maritime archaeology panel met this week for the first time since 2012. There was a genuine sense of excitement in the room as the planning for the updated report was discussed. Much has happened since 2012, and topics like climate change and coastal archaeology (e.g work done by SCH@RP) as well as involving the coastal communities (e.g work done by WA Coastal and Marine on SAMPHIRE) are likely to feature in the 2016/2017 report. There was also discussion on shipwrecks as major closed deposits of archaeological material/disaster depositions, suitable for multi disciplinary investigation and placing the marine archaeology of Scotland in a wider world context. 

Work on reconvening the Bronze Age and Medieval panels from 2012 has begun, and both are being asked to choose a date for a first meeting. The previous Roman panel are also being asked about planning for the next phase. 

There has been no work yet on reconvening the Palaeolithic & Mesolithic, Neolithic, Iron Age and Modern panels, but please be patient - we will get there!

If you were on the Bronze Age, Medieval or Roman panels in 2012 but have not yet been contacted, then please email Emma at It may be that we do not have an up to date email address for you. 
Funded PhDs available!
Calling all Archaeological Scientists! Funded PhD available in the Archaeology department of the University of the Highlands and Islands, "Seaweed as food and fodder in the North Atlantic Islands: past, present and future opportunities". Supervisors include Dr Ingrid Mainland and Dr Pippa Ascough - stars of the Science in Archaeology panel report! 
Find out more and apply
Funded PhD available in the Archaeology department of the University of Glasgow, "Scottish upland expansion in the Bronze Age: new insights from robust chronological modeling". Supervisors include Dr Derek Hamilton at SUERC.
Find out more and apply
Regional Research Frameworks: Update
We are pleased to announce that further work on the regional research framework for Argyll, based at Kilmartin Museum is underway! There will be a two day symposium in July, which will build on the work from the previous event in November 2015. The plan is to discuss;
  • the Research Questions and Research Areas identified for each chronological period;
  • the structure of the Research Framework, and;
  • the best way to progress the establishment of the Research Framework between July 2016 and March 2017.
If you would like to add to the discussion, please get in touch and ScARF can pass on your views. 

Work has also begun on the South East Scotland Archaeological Research Framework (SESARF). This is at an early stage but will encompass the local authority areas of City of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and Scottish Borders.
Get in touch about regional research frameworks

ScARF Student Network: Nordic Research Network

Will and Sara at the Nordic Research Network conference. ©Patrick Jolie
One of the aims of the ScARF Student network is to help enable students to attend conferences that will help them carry out their research into aspects of Scottish archaeology. ScARF recently awarded two student bursaries to present at the Nordic Research Network conference in Glasgow. 

University of Stirling PhD candidate Will Wyeth is currently working on Scotland’s early stone castles, c1050-1350, a topic which came directly from a ScARF discussion and research recommendation! The aim of his thesis is to revisit our knowledge and understanding of these monuments of the medieval past and to suggest new ideas for their emergence, development, role and differences – areas identified as in need of attention by ScARF!

University of Glasgow MLitt Sara Manavian presented on A Re-evaluation of Insular Metalwork from Pagan-Norse Graves in Scotland and Man. The results of her work will feed into the updated Medieval panel of ScARF. 

As well as reading our student's reports, you can search twitter with #nrnglasgow to find tweets from the conference. 
Read the ScARF student network reports

Using ScARF in everyday archaeology

ScARF is a useful resource for discovering Scottish archaeology and provides a great starting point for further research. The workshop that we held in December 2015 in conjunction with the Scottish group of CIfA demonstrated how ScARF can be used by archaeologists in the commercial sector. It was such an interesting topic that Headland archaeology invited us to give a talk to their archaeologists in Edinburgh. The presentation to a full house led to some interesting avenues for discussion on the amount of input the commercial sector can bring to the updated panel reports. Watch this space!
Would you like a similar talk? Get in touch.
Coming up next month: Our Museums Project Officer, Anna McQuarrie, will start work at the Society so feel free to send welcome notes and biscuits. 

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