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The 2017/2018 lecture series

The 2017/2018 lecture series of the First Millennia Studies Group begins on the 3rd October.

Most meetings are in the Meadows Lecture Theatre in Edinburgh University (Old Medical School, Teviot Place, EH8 9AG). Note that the main door to the building is locked at 18.00, so if you arrive late you will probably not be able to get in.

The venue for a meeting in Glasgow will be confirmed in due course.

NB evening seminars are likely to last for approx. 1½ – 2 hours.

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Next FMSG Lecture: Burnswark Hill: insights and implications

Aerial view of Burnswark ©RCAHMS

Aerial view of Burnswark ©RCAHMS

The first lecture in the 2017 – 2018 seminar series will be on the 3rd October.

John Reid: Burnswark Hill: insights and implications

As usual, the lecture will be at 6:00pm in the Teviot Lecture Theatre in the Archaeology Department, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Edinburgh.

Rural Settlement Workshop: Programme now available!

The Rural Settlement Workshop is now only a few weeks away! 

The Programme and Abstract Booklet can be downloaded here to give you an idea of the wonderful array of talks and posters that are planned. Places are still available to book (through the University of Edinburgh website).

Download the Programme:  RuralSettlement_programme_08062017_sentPRINT

Download the Abstract book: RuralSettlement_abstract_book_08062017_sentPRINT

Next FMSG Lecture: A broch in Orkney

The next lecture in the 2016 – 2017 seminar series will be on the 4th April.

Martin Carruthers: The Life, Death and After-life of a broch. Excavations at The Cairns, Orkney

As usual, the lecture will be at 6:00pm in the Teviot Lecture Theatre in the Archaeology Department, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Edinburgh.

Call For Papers REMINDER

A reminder that the call for papers for ‘Rural Settlement relating buildings, landscape, and people in the European Iron Age’ closes at the end of this month on the 28th February. You can find out more and download the form from this post.

Excavating Roundhouses: Best Practice guidance launched

typical-roundhouse

Typical roundhouse in plan, by T Romankiewicz. Taken from the “Excavating Prehistoric Roundhouses
Guidance on good practice and effective outcome for future research”

If you were at the FMSG lecture on  Tuesday 10 January, then you will have been lucky enough to hear about the launch of a new best practice document for excavating roundhouses in Aberdeenshire. If you weren’t there, then the following might be of interest to you!

Aberdeenshire is one of Scotland’s richest prehistoric roundhouse regions. Data from research and rescue excavations have formed the basis of the Building (Ancient) Lives project at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. As a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Dr Tanja Romankiewicz studies prehistoric and early medieval buildings to inspire modern sustainable architecture.

Together with Bruce Mann of Aberdeenshire Council’s Archaeology Service, Dr Romankiewicz has now developed a guidance document to promote best practice for the excavation and analysis of roundhouses in Aberdeenshire. The document was developed to inform the Council’s archaeological planning conditions and to provide best-practice recommendations for Local Authorities, contractors and community groups. It aims to maximise data collection for the Council’s Historic Environment Record and to inform future research while bringing in our experience of what can realistically be achieved on site. The authors hope to have distilled their knowledge and experience into a tangible format easily shared with anyone, whether starting their professional career or being part of a local community group digging their first roundhouse. For the experienced excavator it is intended as a quick refresher, but also to re-inspire about what can be gained from investigating even the most ephemeral remains.

The document is available on the project website http://www.ed.ac.uk/history-classics-archaeology/research/research-projects/building-ancient-lives-new-perspectives-on-the-pas/project-activities-outcomes , and intended as a dynamic tool: it can and should be expanded and built upon to include roundhouse evidence throughout the rest of the country.  The guidance has been circulated to local councils, industry members, academics and community groups to consider it as a form of best practice whenever possible, and to distribute it to their members, partners, contractors and project participants.

The project can also be followed on Twitter: @BldAncientLives

Next Lecture: A triple bill!

The next lecture in the 2016 – 2017 seminar series will be on the 10th January. There will be three presentations:

Paul Murtagh: Dún Mhurchaidh: A Non-Monumental Atlantic Iron Age Site from Ardnamurchan

Matt Ginnever: Brechin roundhouse

Andy Heald / Ross Murray: Aberlady

As usual, the lectures will be at 6:00pm in the Teviot Lecture Theatre in the Archaeology Department, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Edinburgh.