Call for Papers: Rural Settlement relating buildings, landscape, and people in the European Iron Age

Dear colleagues, you are cordially invited to the  Internationale Tagung 19-21 June, 2017 in Edinburgh jointly organised by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Eisenzeit, the University of Edinburgh and the First Millennia Studies Group.

We are seeking contributions on Rural Settlement relating buildings, landscape, and  eople in the European Iron Age. Please send your proposals using the pdf form in this document here (edinburgh_call_for_papers_engl) to the workshop email address by 28 February 2017. 

The organisers are Holger Wendling, Tanja Romankiewicz, Manuel Fernández-Götz, Dave Cowley, Fraser Hunter, Rod McCullagh

The farm – a unit of land, its buildings and inhabitants – was the basic element of Iron Age
settlement across Europe, represented by a range of excavated evidence and survey data. Their disposition, form and organisation, and how this varied through time and geographically are central to our understanding of social, economic and cultural interactions. From the individual and household to broader demographic units, this basic rural settlement unit was a constant, a familiar touchpoint within wider rural landscape organisation.

Settlements vary across Iron Age Europe, in unit size and density, in settlement distribution and landscape management, but also in terms of preservation. The rich Scottish evidence, with some exceptional preservation, offers valuable comparison to continental or Scandinavian material. The longer time-frames of northern Iron Ages allow tracing long-term developments.

To exploit this, two well-established Iron Age seminar groups have come together with the settlement archaeologists at the University of Edinburgh to offer this three-day workshop. This will connect evidence and views from across Europe to inform dialogue on common themes, regional variation and the roles of rural settlements in Iron Age societies. A holistic approach is encouraged that assimilates individual buildings into the changing textures of wider landscapes, patterns of land holding, density and permanency of settlement and the variability of land use strategies.

Contributions to all aspects of Iron Age rural settlement studies are welcome, ranging from architectural to landscape investigations. Comparative and wider geographical, methodological and theoretical studies are particularly encouraged, alongside analyses of regional or site-specific case studies. Time will be set aside for discussion to evaluate new results in wider contexts and explore the potential for multi-disciplinary, supra-regional strategies.

Topics of particular interest include:

  • How do our investigations into Iron Age domestic units influence our interpretations of rural settlements and their social, economic and cultural interactions – and what have new investigations to offer in reviewing existing household and settlement interpretations?
  • How enduring were rural settlement patterns and how permanently or periodically settled were particular locations?
  • How are different textures of landscape (upland/lowland; wetland/dryland; inland/coastal) assimilated in land use and settlement strategies?

A day-long field trip on Sunday, 18 June 2017, to sites in southern Scotland will allow participants to explore a particular strength of the Scottish archaeological record – the preservation as earthworks of Iron Age settlement and roundhouse sites.

Offers of oral presentations and posters are welcome – a title and abstract of no more than 2,000 characters (including spaces) should be sent to by 28 February 2017, using the form available here (edinburgh_call_for_papers_engl). In addition to the overall theme, the workshop will offer some opportunities to present results on recent research on the European Iron Age, regardless of topic. The scientific panel shall approve offers of papers and posters. Oral presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. Posters should be no more than one A1 paper size (594 x 841 mm).

Although the main language of the workshop will be English, contributions in German and French are welcome.

Next Lectures: Iron Age Culduthel and Ferrous Slag analysis

The next lecture in the 2016 – 2017 seminar series will be on the 6th December. There will be two presentations:

Candy Hatherley: An Iron Age metal-working community at Culduthel, Inverness – Conclusions

Scott Stetkiewicz: Ferrous slag analysis in Scotland and beyond

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.

Next lecture: Warrior Graves? Rethinking the weapon burial rite

The next lecture in the 2016 – 2017 seminar series will be on the 1st November. The ‘Warrior Graves? Rethinking the weapon burial rite in Viking Britain and Ireland‘ will be presented by Stephen Harrison of the University of Glasgow.

As usual, the lectures will be at 6:0pm in the Meadows Lecture Theatre in the Archaeology Department, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Edinburgh.


The website is back for 2016 and beyond!

Dear Readers,

The FMSG website is back out of hibernation! This website was started for the reasons explained in this post, but now, in 2016, the time is right to reanimate it.

The FMSG lecture programme remains elusive for most, and with the various webpages that the University of Edinburgh create for it moving, being out of date or being taken down faster than you can bookmark them, the plan is to keep this one up to date and current.


The current state of

The lecture programme will be updated from now (October 2017) until at least March 2019, and hopefully longer. Each new lecture will be announced as speakers are confirmed, and added to the events calendar.

Many thanks.

Please Note…

Dear all,

This website was set up initially a few years ago in order to publicise the FMSG lecture series as there was no other online programme available that was kept up to date.

The University of Edinburgh now publish the lecture calendar at: and so this website is probably obsolete, it is at very best hibernating until it is needed again.

Many thanks, and I hope that you found the calendar and countdown useful!

Next Lecture: When is a crannog not a crannog?

The next lecture in the 2013 – 2014 seminar series will be on the 1st April. The ‘When is a crannog not a crannog? Excavations at the Black Loch of Myrton, Wigtonshire: Scotland’s first loch village‘ will be presented by Anne Crone and Graeme Cavers of AOC Archaeology.

As usual, the lectures will be at 5:30pm in the Meadows Lecture Theatre in the Archaeology Department, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Edinburgh.

Next Lecture: A Pictish phantasmagoria

The next lecture in the 2013 – 2014 seminar series is Tuesday, March 11th. In a joint meeting with the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies, Martin Cook will give a talk on his recent work on Pictish barrows, followed by Gordon Noble with an update on the excavations at Rhynie.

Please note the change of venue: Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies at 3 University Gardens, Glasgow