TAG43 Edinburgh – ScARF Bursaries available!

The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF) has a limited number of ScARF bursaries available (of up to £200) to help cover both the registration fee and travel/accommodation costs for people attending TAG43 Edinburgh in December 2022.

The logo for TAG Edinburgh 2022 with text saying the word Revolutions and with a line drawing of Edinburgh Castle above.

If you are an archaeology student or an Early Career Researcher (ECR) who is carrying out research on any aspect of Scottish archaeology and would like to attend this conference – apply for our bursary now!

In return for the bursary, we would like to invite you to write a short piece about your research or project to allow us to share your work on our ECR research pages on the ScARF website. Previous examples of case studies are at https://scarf.scot/students/early-career-research/.

To apply, please email ScARF Project Manager Helen Spencer (helen@socantscot.org) with a few lines about yourself, your research and how you will benefit from attending TAG43. We also require a short reference from a lecturer/supervisor. Please also get in touch with any questions.

The deadline for applications to the ScARF TAG43 Edinburgh bursary is the 30th of September 2022 with decisions communicated by the 15th October to allow everyone time to plan their journey.

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Association of Environmental Archaeologists – 42nd Conference in Glasgow – Bursaries available!

The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF) has a limited number of ScARF bursaries available (of up to £200) to help cover both the registration fee and travel/accommodation costs for people attending the 42nd conference of the Association for Environmental Archaeology (AEA) in Glasgow in December 2022.

Shetland’s rugged coastline, taken during the SIRFA symposium ©️ScARF

If you are an archaeology student or an Early Career Researcher (ECR) who is carrying out research on any aspect of Scottish archaeology and would like to attend this conference – apply for our bursary now!

In return for the bursary, we would like to invite you to write a short piece about your research or project to allow us to share your work on our ECR research pages on the ScARF website. Previous examples of case studies are at https://scarf.scot/students/early-career-research/.

To apply, please email ScARF Project Manager Helen Spencer (helen@socantscot.org) with a few lines about yourself, your research and how you will benefit from attending AEA2022. We also require a short reference from a lecturer/supervisor. Please also get in touch with any questions or visit our website www.scarf.scot.

The deadline for applications to the ScARF AEA 2022 bursary is the 16th of September 2022 with decisions communicated by the 23rd of September to allow everyone time to register and plan their journey.

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ScARF Newsletter – August 2022

Our August Newsletter is here! We have some exciting announcements and events you won’t want to miss, including our 10th Anniversary celebration and two exciting skills workshops at the Highland Archaeology Festival in Inverness.

Baldowrie Pictish Stone, High Keillor, Perthshire ©️ ScARF

Click here to read the full newsletter, and subscribe so you don’t miss any future updates.

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New ECR Case Study

One of our ScARF bursary recipients has written a Case Study about her PhD research. Orla Craig, University of Glasgow, is aiming to elucidate what happened in Galloway between AD 800–1100, and why the Galloway Hoard was deposited in this place at this time. We look forward to following this project as it progresses.

Chapel Finian (c) Orla Craig

Click here to read the full Case Study.

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ScARF Newsletter – June 2022

Here comes the sun! Our June newsletter is now available. We have exciting updates, including the launch date for the Perth and Kinross Archaeological Research Framework (PKARF) and ScARF’s 10th Anniversary event.

Click here to read the newsletter.

Castle Law, Abernethy, from the air ©️ Ken Ward
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New ECR Case Study

One of our Early Career Researchers has written a new Case Study about her MLitt research.

Kath is a postgraduate student at the University of Highlands and Islands (UHI) Archaeology Institute. She is using zooarchaeological techniques to analyse and explore the significance of red deer during Orkney’s Neolithic period. Kath will continue this work with a PhD at UHI, and we look forward to hearing more about this fascinating work as it progresses.

Red deer remains from Structure 10 at the Ness of Brodgar. ©️Kath Page

Read the full Case Study here to learn more about Kath’s ongoing research.

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ScARF Newsletter – April 2022

Shake off those April showers! Read the new ScARF newsletter to stay up to date with our ongoing projects and meet our new team member. We also have an exciting announcement about the future of ScARF! Click here to read.

Visiting Pobull Fhinn stone circles as part of the SIRFA Western Isles symposium (ScARF)
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Exploring Our Past

ScARF is pleased to be able to share a much loved resource focussing on West Central Scotland. Exploring Our Past: Essays on the Local History and Archaeology of West Central Scotland, published by Glasgow Museums in 2015. The book was aimed at anyone with an interest in the local history and prehistory of West Central Scotland.

Slezer’s engraving of 17th century Glasgow from the south
(c) Culture and Sport Glasgow (Glasgow Museums)

As part of our new project to develop a Clyde Valley Archaeological Research Framework, we are excited to offer this fully accessible resource which highlights the significance and research potential of the region throughout history and prehistory, with essays spanning the Neolithic period to modern times.

Click here to read and download each essay.

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New Case Studies

Have you read ScARF’s newest case studies?

Our Archaeological Science framework has been expanding recently, including two new case studies on The Medieval Bishops of Whithorn and Dietary Isotope Analysis at Portmahomack which are now available on the ScARF website. Both were written for us by Dr Shirley Curtis-Summers and are the first new science case studies to be added as part of our ongoing project to update the national Archaeological Science Research Framework. 

General view of Whithorn Priory from south-east ©HES

Two case studies written by our Early Career Researchers explore Post-medieval upland features in Glencoe, as well as the material evidence of Conversion to Christianity in the Northern and Western Isles.

In 2021, Eddie and Scott received ScARF Covid-19 bursaries to support fieldwork contributing to their PhDs. As part of Eddie’s research, a series of post-medieval upland features in Gleann Leac-na-Muidhe, Glencoe were surveyed and excavated. Eddie’s research aims to explore the relationship between shieling practice and other upland seasonal industries in the post-medieval Highlands and Islands and aims to re-evaluate interpretations and narratives around these landscapes. His research will involve a series of case studies across upland Scotland utilising archival research, walkover survey and excavation.

The landscape of Gleann Leac-na-Muidhe ©Eddie Stewart

Scott’s research aims to make a comparative study of material culture of Christian conversion in the Western and Northern Isles of Scotland. He was able to visit 21 Orcadian sites in three weeks, surveying and recording sites in their landscape as well as noting experiential data such as sounds and impressions of the landscape, producing a huge amount of raw data to form the basis for his research in the coming year.

St Magnus’ Church, Egilsay ©Scott McCreadie

If you would like to contribute a case study or enquire about our Early Career Research opportunities, please get in touch

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ScARF Newsletter – March 2022

Spring into 2022!

Check out our March ScARF newsletter which was sent out last week to all our subscribers.

Click here to take a look at the latest ScARF news including an online workshop for our new Clyde regional research framework project, an update from the Perth and Kinross Archaeological Research Framework, new Case Studies recently added to our Science Framework and news about some upcoming events. 

Artist impression of the monastery at Portmahomack – the topic of one of our new Science Case Studies (c) John Tosca
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