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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.



Excavating Roundhouses: Best Practice guidance launched


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: 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.

FMSG Day Seminar: “Craft and society in the first millennia”

This year’s seminar will consider the role of craft processes in the societies of Scotland and beyond over the first millennia. While this is an existing research focus for some materials and periods (for instance, metal production in the late Bronze Age and the early medieval period), we seek a broader view. The focus is not on the practicalities of technology, but the social role of craftwork. What were the social conditions which enabled or required particular craft processes? How were these organised? Who were the craftworkers and what was their social role? What were the relationships between different craft skills? What are the key variations over space and time? Did craft skills have a ritual or symbolic role as well as a practical one? A range of speakers will use case studies from across Scotland and beyond to consider some of these issues.

The seminar will take place on Tuesday the 25th June 2013 from 0930-1730 in the Meadows Lecture Theatre. Please note the change of date from previously published.

The FMSG day seminar 2013 flyer and the fullFMSG Day Seminar 2013 programme for the day are available to download here.

If you wish to attend please e-mail (Roderick.McCullagh [at] scotland [dot]gsi[dot]gov[dot]uk) to book your place. Space is limited, so please make sure you have registered your attendance.

Next Lecture: Glass Beads

The next lecture in the 2012 – 2013 seminar series s on this coming Tuesday, March the 5th. Elizabeth Schech and Martina Bertini will be talking on Glass Beads.

As usual, the lectures will be at 5:30pm in Lecture Theatre 270 in the Archaeology Department, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Edinburgh.

Next Lecture: Roman Round-up

The next lecture in the 2012 – 2013 seminar series s on this coming Tuesday, November the 6th. The ‘Roman round up‘ features Martin Cook speaking on Camelon, Geoff Bailey talking about the Antonine Wall and Dave Cowley on SW Scotland.

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.