Tag Archives: archaeology

Next FMSG Lecture: The Atlas of Hillforts – some Scottish analyses

The next lecture in the 2017 – 2018 seminar series will be on the 5th December.

Ian Ralston & Strat Halliday: The Atlas of Hillforts – some Scottish analyses

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

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Next FMSG Lecture: Hillforts of the Tay/Dun Deardail

The next lecture in the 2017 – 2018 seminar series will be on the 7th November.

David Strachan: Hillforts of the Tay

Martin Cook: Dun Deardail

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

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.

Registration OPEN for the Rural Settlement Workshop

We are pleased to inform you that registration for the Rural Settlement workshop is now open. This replaces the usual FMSG June Day Seminar. The registration form is available at: https://goo.gl/vd5NWd. Registration for the workshop will close at midnight, 4 June 2017, with the fee covering all three days of papers (there is no other option).

A field trip to sites of interest outside Edinburgh on Sunday 18 June is an optional extra (£10), for which we ask you to express your interest in the first instance (on the ‘questionnaire’ page – nil values are not accepted on that page). Once the minimum number of participants has been reached, we will contact you to confirm participation and itinerary and to pay the additional fee. Please note that the deadline for expressing an interest in the field trip is midnight, 14 May 2017.

Here you can download (June 2017 Workshop) a preliminary listing of papers and posters to give you some idea of the exciting and varied programme on offer, though you should note that this may be subject to change.

 

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.

Next Lecture: Early Medieval Iona

The next lecture in the 2016 – 2017 seminar series will be on the 7th March. 

Ewan Campbell / Adrian Maldonado: Rethinking the archaeology of early medieval Iona: reassessment and recent work

The next FMSG seminar will take place on Tuesday 7th March at 18.00 in Room 202, Celtic & Gaelic, 3 University Gardens, Glasgow.

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