ScARF Newsletter – July 2021

Our July newsletter has landed in our subscribers inboxes! Packed full of updates on the upcoming launch of the Highland Archaeological Research Framework, an exciting new ECR Case Study, ScARF Student Bursaries, and upcoming dates for your diary – our Summer newsletter can be accessed here.

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International Network for Contemporary Archaeology in Scotland

We are excited to announce our involvement with a new Royal Society of Edinburgh funded project – the International Network for Contemporary Archaeology in Scotland (INCAScot).

This is a two-year collaborative project which will establish a network of academics and arts practitioners, community activists and a diverse range of heritage sector participants, to address the challenges that Scotland and other nations face in the 3rd millennium. The project is led by Dr Alex Hale (HES), Dr Kenny Brophy (University of Glasgow), Dr Gavin MacGregor (Northlight Heritage) and Dr Antonia Thomas (UHI).

ScARF is looking forward to working together with partners to explore interdisciplinary case studies, which tie directly to the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (UN SDGs) and enabling the development of a robust research framework for Contemporary Archaeology in Scotland. Watch this space for more news about the project and future events!

The project is now seeking an enthusiastic partner to enable the smooth running of the network. This role is a flexible freelance opportunity with a maximum budget of £6000 with the expectation of c 40 days of work across the 2 years duration of the project.

Role of the International Network Partner:

• The partner will be responsible for the co-organisation of the international network over two
years
• We expect the partner to co-produce and participate in the network’s activities
• The partner will play a key role in sustaining the network, influence the success of the
network’s outcomes and contribute to the delivery of the overall goals.


Main Responsibilities:

• In close collaboration, with the network leads; develop, deliver and manage a co-ordinating
website
• Organise quarterly meetings for the international participants
• Co-produce focus group meetings, events and activities
• Co-produce and deliver a final event
• Co-produce event reports, archive materials and legacy documents


Skills and Experience: (Essential / Desirable)

• Experience of working with a distributed group of people (D)
• Experience of sustaining communications across different social media channels and using
Open Source platforms, such as Padlet (E)
• Ability to arrange and manage disparate events (D)
• Skilled to undertake specific and varied tasks, as outlined by the network leads (E)
• Experience at enabling others to remain task-focussed (D)
• Experience of costing, tendering and delivering websites, with experience of platforms such
as WordPress (E)
• Skilled at curating and developing digital content (E)
• Skilled at time-management and project planning (D)
• Experienced in successful delivery of projects within budget (E)
• Excellent communication skills (D)
• Experience of global heritage issues (D)
• An understanding of the opportunities that Contemporary Archaeology can present to
different disciplines and practices (D)


Please get in touch for more information about the role. To apply, please submit a note of interest and a brief two-page CV to: alex.hale@hes.scot by 5pm BST Monday 14th June.

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ScARF Newsletter – April 2021

Our April newsletter has landed in our subscribers inboxes! Packed full of updates on the new Archaeological Science Framework, the Regional Research Frameworks, our brand new ECR Case Study page, and upcoming dates for your diary – our Spring newsletter can be accessed here.

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Highland Archaeological Research Framework – Consultation Update!

We are excited to announce additional draft period chapters for the Highland Archaeological Research Framework are now available online for consultation with case studies and maps. You are invited to read and comment on these documents – are there key examples missing? Can you spot research gaps? Initial chapters are ready to view, but please do check the ARCH website every now and then as remaining chapters will be added in the coming weeks following detailed comments from key contributors.

HighARF chapters online for consultation now:
Palaeolithic and Mesolithic
Iron Age
Early Medieval
Medieval
Post Medieval

All comments should be emailed to higharf@gmail.com ideally by mid February 2021.

HighARF launched with a symposium held at the Highland Council Chambers in Inverness in June 2018 where an impressive line-up of speakers gave an overview by period of what is currently known and where the gaps in our knowledge are. If you missed out on this event- or would like a re-cap, the talks are available on the Highland ScARF YouTube channel here.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to contribute!

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Bioarchaeology Early Career Conference 2021 – Student Bursaries!

We are delighted to be sponsoring this exciting new initiative which aims to provide a platform for Bioarchaeology Early Career Researchers (ECR’s) to showcase their work.

The Bioarchaeology Early Career Conference offers a unique opportunity to hear about the research of leading bioarchaeologists and for aspiring bioarchaeologists and ECR’s to strengthen connections within the bioarchaeology community. This online event will take place between the 25th – 28th March 2021. Check out the BECC2021 website here for more information.

ScARF have a limited number of bursaries available to cover the £25 registration fee for people struggling with additional costs. If you are a bioarchaeology student or ECR with research interests in an aspect of Scottish archaeology and would like to attend this conference – apply for this bursary now!

To apply, please email ScARF Project Manager Helen Spencer (helen@socantscot.org) with a few lines about yourself and how you will benefit from attending, along with a short reference from a lecturer/supervisor. As with previous ScARF Student Bursaries, all we ask in return is a short report about your experience – describing your highlights and how it will help your research (and a nice photo of yourself!).

*The deadline for applications is 28th February 2021*

Reports by previous ScARF supported students can be found here!

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ScARF Newsletter – January 2021

Our first newsletter of 2021 has just landed in subscribers inboxes! Packed with updates about our projects and some dates for your diary. If you don’t have a copy check it out here.

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ScARF Newsletter – December 2020

Our December newsletter is out now! If you haven’t got a copy take a look here.

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ScARF Newsletter – November 2020

Our Autumn newsletter is out now! If you haven’t got a copy take a look here

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Archaeological Scientists – ScARF Needs You!

Calling all Archaeological Scientists…. We’d like to share some exciting news! 

Over the next 18 months we have plans to work on updating the ScARF Archaeological Science Research Framework. It is now eight years since the original Science framework was launched and with many new and improved scientific techniques being used, a wider range of multidisciplinary approaches and ethical implications to consider, we want to revise our research questions and priorities for archaeological science in Scotland.

This updated Science framework will be designed to complement our regional research framework projects, which will naturally update the overall chronological picture across Scotland.   

We will be getting in touch with people who have been involved in the Science Panel previously or that we know are currently working on Archaeological Science projects in Scotland – but please get in touch with us directly if you haven’t heard from us yet and would like to be involved in our ScARF Science update project.

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Highland Archaeological Research Framework – Consultation Drafts Online Now!

We are delighted to announce that the draft chapters for our Highland Archaeological Research Framework – as well as an impressive selection of case studies – are now available for consultation online here on the ARCH website.

Your feedback is very welcome! We would really appreciate it if you could take the time to review these draft documents – are there key examples missing? Can you identify additional research gaps? Don’t miss out on your opportunity to contribute!

HighARF launched with a symposium held at the Highland Council Chambers in Inverness in June 2018, where an impressive line-up of speakers gave an overview by period of what is currently known and where the gaps in our knowledge are. If you missed out on this event- or would like a re-cap, the talks have just been made available online here!

The final Highland Archaeological Research Framework will be published on the ScARF website upon completion summer 2021!

The Clava Cairns at Balnuaran of Clava, near Inverness form part of a distinct regional burial tradition – discussed in a new case study!

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