Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland

Have you seen the latest Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland 2021 magazine?

The magazine, brought to you by Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy, showcases some of the amazing archaeological work that has taken place over the last year. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, you can now do so from the ScARF website. This year’s issue is as topical as ever, highlighting the work archaeologists are doing to understand and mitigate against climate change, to bring hidden and obscured histories to light, and use our heritage to improve wellbeing. Articles range across a wide variety of subjects, from project updates and new research to changes in heritage practice.

You can download this year’s Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland magazine here.

The Five Year Review of the Scottish Archaeology Strategy is also available to download here

You can also head to the Scottish Archaeology Strategy website for more information.

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Come and work with us at ScARF!

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland is seeking an exceptional candidate for the post of ScARF Project Officer. The post will help deliver the Society’s role within Aim 2 of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy by assisting the ScARF Project Manager with the management, development and updating of the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework. Work will include helping to create and publish new regional and thematic research frameworks.

Position Title: ScARF Project Officer

Reporting to: ScARF Project Manager

Starting salary: £24,429.70 to £27,035.53 per annum depending on experience, plus a 10% pension contribution and a flexible working policy.

Hours: Full time, 37 hours per week. This is a fixed term position until the end of March 2026 with possibility of extension.  

Holidays: 38 days per year

The ideal candidate will have a strong knowledge of and interest in archaeological research into Scotland’s past, as well as an understanding of the strategic role of research frameworks. They will also have knowledge of the wider heritage sector in Scotland.

They will be able to manage and prioritise a varied workload and they will enjoy organising and hosting events. They will be able to write engaging content for our website, newsletters and social media, but also have an eye for detail to ensure the content is of high quality. The post holder will have excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with a variety of stakeholders. This is a fantastic opportunity for a candidate wishing to develop or broaden a career in Scottish archaeology.

Essential skills:

  • Educated to degree level or with equivalent relevant professional experience
  • Knowledge and experience of the Scottish archaeology and heritage sector
  • Excellent organisational ability to work on multiple projects
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience of website editing and content creation (WordPress)
  • Excellent computer skills – including the use of MS Office 365 and Adobe suite

Desirable skills:

  • Understanding of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy
  • Use of photo editing and image creation software
  • Proofreading and copy editing of text
  • Use of social media in a professional capacity
  • Use of GIS software
  • Experience of working on projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to work well independently and within a small team

Download the Job Description and Job Context documents

Applications:

Applications should be sent by email to Helen Spencer, (helen@socantscot.org). Please include a CV along with a cover letter describing how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria for the role. Please also provide names and contact details of two referees whom the Society may invite to comment on your suitability for the post in advance of appointment. Referees will not be contacted until a position has been offered.

Closing Date: Sunday 9th January 2022

Interview Date: Monday 17th  January 2022 – interviews will take place online via Zoom or MS Teams

For more details go to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland website.

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ScARF Newsletter – December 2021

Our last newsletter of 2021 is out now! Check it out for the latest ScARF news announcing the shortlisting of the Highland Archaeological Research Framework for Archaeology Achievement Awards, an update from the Perth and Kinross Archaeological Research Framework, a brand new ECR case study and dates for your diary!

Our December newsletter can be accessed here.

Haven’t signed up for our newsletter yet?

Do so here to make sure you don’t miss out on the latest ScARF news!

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ScARF Newsletter – October 2021

Our October newsletter has landed in our subscribers inboxes! Packed full of ScARF updates including the launch of the Highland Archaeological Research Framework, exciting news from the Perth and Kinross Archaeological Research Framework, and dates for your diary including information on the 2021 Rhind Lectures! – our October newsletter can be accessed here.

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Do so here to make sure you don’t miss out on the latest ScARF news!

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ScARF Newsletter – September 2021

Our September newsletter has landed in our subscribers inboxes! Packed full of updates on the upcoming launch of the Highland Archaeological Research Framework, ScARF Skills Workshops and upcoming dates for your diary – our September newsletter can be accessed here.

Haven’t signed up for our newsletter yet?

Do so here to make sure you don’t miss out on the latest ScARF news!

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ScARF Skills Workshops – Archaeological Illustration and Finds Conservation

We are delighted to be sponsoring two fantastic skills workshops to celebrate the launch of the Highland Archaeological Research Framework as part of the exciting schedule of events for this year’s Highland Archaeology Festival.


Introduction to Finds Conservation
27th September 1pm-4pm. Gretel Evans (Conservation Manager, AOC Archaeology) will deliver an online workshop telling us everything we need to know about archaeological conservation – from an overview of conservation techniques and how to clean and package finds in the field, to general storage and condition checking. This event is aimed at museum professionals and volunteers, individuals working on archaeological sites (professional or amateur!), metal detectorists, students, or anyone with a keen interest in archaeological conservation!

Note: This is a FREE online event – book your place here.

Archaeological Illustration
28th September 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm
. Expert illustrator Thomas Small (Small Finds & Design) will deliver two workshops at Nairn Community & Arts Centre. The workshops will focus on practical exercises, teaching the principles of pottery and small finds illustration with a straight-forward guide for participants to take home!

This is a FREE event open to all! Booking is essential. To book a place on this workshop, or to find out more – please contact leanne@socantscot.org.

A profile gauge and pottery illustration. ©Thomas Small

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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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Do so here to make sure you don’t miss out on the latest ScARF news!

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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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