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 the first two draft chapters for our Highland Archaeological Research Framework – Palaeolithic/Mesolithic & Medieval – as well as an impressive selection of case studies are now available for consultation online here on the ARCH website.

Please do check in regularly, as more chapters will be added in the coming weeks as we get more detailed comments from key contributors.

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!

All comments on this first batch of draft chapters should be emailed to archhighland@googlemail.com by 31st December 2020.

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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ScARF September Update

Packed full of updates on the on-going Regional Research Frameworks, exciting new and forthcoming publications, and the results of our recent ScARF Diversity Survey – our summer update e-newsletter has been mailed out to all our subscribers! If you haven’t got a copy, take a look here.

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New Case Study – Scotland’s Rock Art Project (ScRAP) in Argyll and Bute

Regional Archaeological Research Framework for Argyll – New Case Study!

Since 2017, Scotland’s Rock Art Project (ScRAP) has been collaborating with communities across the country to enhance our understanding and sense of value of prehistoric carvings. ScRAP is a five year programme to record, research and raise awareness of prehistoric rock carvings across Scotland. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the project is run by Historic Environment Scotland in collaboration with Edinburgh University and Glasgow School of Art.

Elaborate cup and ring motifs on a rock outcrop at Cairnbaan, Kilmartin ©ScRAP and HES

With around 700 carved rocks in the area – did you know Argyll and Bute is home to almost 20% of all known rock art in Scotland?

Working with ScRAP, community teams and archaeology undergraduate students have recorded over half of all the rock art in the region in detail – including more than 70% of that in the Kilmartin area!

ScRAP’s Strachur Rock Art Team recording a cupmarked stone in Glenadruel, Cowal ©ScRAP and HES

Find out more about the work of the project in Argyll and Bute here!

You can find out more about the project and search the rock art database on the ScRAP website. You can also view 3D models of Scotland’s rock art on the Sketchfab accounts for ScRAP and the Community Team Rock Art Teams

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