A Successful SIRFA Symposium in Shetland
SIRFA Shetland symposium delegates enjoy a sunny evening exploring Mousa Broch – read all about it in the October newsletter! ©ScARF
The field trips saw delegates travel the length and breadth of Shetland to visit various archaeological sites, guided by experts, and participating in on-site discussion. The weather was kind, and we even stopped to appreciate Muckle Flugga, formerly the most northerly inhabited place in the British Isles!
Various workshop sessions took place over two days to discuss current archaeological knowledge in Shetland- spanning the prehistoric to modern periods and exploring aspects such as subsistence, economy, connectivity and landscape to discuss future priorities and identify potential research questions. The combination of field trips and workshop sessions were an effective way to get people talking, sharing, and contributing to assist the development of this framework.
A field trip to the archaeological site at Lower Underhoull, Unst. © ScARF
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Perth and Kinross Archaeological Research Framework
The ‘Priorities in Progress’ conference held at the Station hotel in Perth on the 30th August 2019 presenting work from the first year of the Perth and Kinross Archaeological Research Framework (PKARF) was attended by almost 100 delegates!
Re-enactors attend the PKARF conference in Perth. © ScARF
Talks by PKARF ‘champions’ outlining the current state of knowledge for each period were followed by think tank workshops where all delegates were encouraged to participate by identifying gaps in knowledge, discuss where future research should be directed, and to nominate case studies showcasing archaeological work in the region to date. Voices from across the heritage sector, students, and community heritage groups joined to discuss the development of the framework and it’s future role as a resource for all archaeological work and research in Perth and Kinross.
Following the success of the conference, we are excited to see how it informs the next steps and shapes the development of the PKARF!
The Highland Archaeology Festival Conference
The annual conference showcasing recent archaeological discoveries and research across the Highlands takes place over two days from Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th October at the Highland Council Chamber in Inverness. With lots of interesting displays and lunchtime poster sessions, this conference presents a great opportunity to hear a diverse range of voices from people engaged in archaeological work across the Highlands.
The excavation and conservation of Clachtoll Broch will be discussed by Dr Graeme Cavers of AOC Archaeology during the annual conference. © ScARF
Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee (TAFAC)
The Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee annual conference will be held at the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes on Saturday 2nd November. This conference will showcase new archaeological discoveries and research in Tayside and Fife. This is an excellent opportunity to hear about a wide range of current archaeological work in the area, including the results of A9 Dualling archaeological works, an update on the Perth and Kinross regional framework, new work on early medieval sculpture, excavations at Wemyss Caves, and much more!
Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders Archaeology Conference
The annual Edinburgh, Lothian & Borders Archaeology Conference will be held on Saturday 16th November at Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh. This conference provides an important opportunity to hear and discuss first hand accounts of the archaeological fieldwork and research being undertaken in Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, and the Scottish Borders.
Come along to hear about significant discoveries and research across the region. Speakers will be presenting the results of various high-profile archaeological excavations in the area, the results of community archaeology projects, current research in progress, and more..!
ECR and Student Bursaries
Following the attendance of many ScARF supported ECR’s and students at recent conferences, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you we accept applications for student bursaries all year round. Conferences and events are often a great way to meet people doing similar or complementary work but can often be expensive for students to attend. As part of ScARF’s commitment to encouraging and supporting new research, a number of bursaries are available to help with the costs of attending these events. Please spread the word!
More information about Student Bursaries can be found on the ScARF website here.
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