February 2017
Newsletter #17
Symposium: Regional Archaeological Research
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.

If you would like to attend or find out more about the event and have not already been in touch, please email by Friday 3rd March. 
ScARF Workshop: The Life of a Lithic
We had a great response to the ScARF workshop and registration is now closed. Due to the number of people interested, we will likely hold another Lithics event later in the year in addition to the rest of our Skills Workshop programme

Further details of future workshops will be available in this e-newsletter and on the ScARF website in due course. Many thanks to everyone who showed an interest in this event and who applied to attend.
Building Archaeological Chronologies: a report from the December 2016 workshop
Dr Richard Jones (University of Glasgow and Co-Chair of the 2012 ScARF Science Panel) has written a short report on a workshop held at the end of last year. 
Arising out of ScARF’s Science Panel recommendation of the need to improve communication and dialogue between archaeologists, artefact specialists and archaeological scientists working in Scotland, a workshop 'Building Archaeological Chronologies' was held at Stirling University on December 14, 2016.

This successful event, funded by Historic Environment Scotland, was attended by fifty people representing a good cross-section of the archaeological community in Scotland.  Anne Crone (AOC) spoke on dendrochronology, Cathy Batt (Bradford University) on archaeomagnetic dating, Tim Kinnaird (SUERC) on luminescence dating, Gordon Cook (SUERC) on radiocarbon and lead-210 dating and Derek Hamilton (SUERC) on Bayesian modelling of radiocarbon dates.  

In each presentation the scientific principles were outlined followed by examples of recent dating programmes and much practical advice. One of the speakers’ main messages to those looking to have science-based dating incorporated into their fieldwork was to contact the relevant specialist in advance to discuss the crucial issues of sampling, who does it and when, how many samples, the technique’s limitations, costs, timetabling etc.

Richard Jones, January 2017
Museums Update: Aberdeenshire artefacts are awesome!
Anna has recently been working with our colleagues in Mintlaw, here is her latest update on the ScARF Museums project :

I'm just back from a visit to one of our museum project partners, Aberdeenshire Council museums service. Their 'HQ' is the Mintlaw Discovery Centre, where the majority of their collections are held in safekeeping, including the Recognised agricultural collection. The whole region is awash with archaeological references to both farming and fishing (topics that our Museums project is to focus on), with the collections reflecting this really well. I was really impressed with the scope and diversity of the collections, as well as how their items are stored. This is a publicly-accessible space, with knowledgeable staff available to help anyone interested in what they hold.

I spent a lot of time familiarising myself with the stores and objects held there. While I was trying to focus purely on fishing and farming, I couldn't help but be distracted by other fascinating artefacts: an Inuit doll, a Medieval wooden wheel from Huntly and a really impressive Medieval claymore. I've come away with a head and notebook full of ideas of how to progress our museums project and can see how our two partner regions (the other being Orkney) can really compliment each other. Many thanks to Helen, Fiona, Jamie and James in Mintlaw for all their time and help. Now just to plan return visits to the wider area, other museums and even more collections!
Get in touch about the ScARF Museums project
Conferences and Lectures
Archaeological Research in Progress 
Scotland’s national annual Archaeological Research in Progress (ARP) conference 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.

Registration will open soon so keep an eye on 
Scottish History Society AGM

The Scottish History Society AGM and lecture will take place on Saturday the 11th March in Edinburgh in the Meadows Lecture Theatre, the Old Medical School, Teviot Place. The meeting will be accompanied by papers from recent editors of SHS publications, and the annual presidential lecture by Professor Roger Mason.

Professor Mason will be speaking on the subject ‘Mapping the Nation’, exploring how Scots described and visualised the land of Scotland between 1400 and 1700. It is the final installment in his lecture series ‘Inventing the Scots’.

Attendance is free but booking is advised. Find out more:

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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