Recent Archaeological Discoveries and Research Conference
The annual conference highlights recent work on archaeology and heritage of the Highlands, and allows you to browse displays from local groups and organisations.
Highland Council Chamber, Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness
13th-14th October 2018
See below, the Events Calendar or download a copy. The panel discussion this year will focus on 'Small Steps and Giant Leaps: how far have we come in 25 years?'.
Displays and Poster Sessions
This year we again have an extended lunch break to allow time for poster sessions at some of the many displays (details will be provided on registration). These allow groups to briefly showcase projects they have been involved in. Displays are offered by museums, heritage groups, archaeological units and some national organistions, providing a chance to meet and chat with people involved in Highland heritage.
Booking a Place
Conference places must be booked in advance. Attending the conference costs £15 per day, or £25 for both days. The cost includes admission and tea/coffee. Payment can be sent by cheque or can be paid online. Note that online bookings will incur a surcharge of £1 per ticket to cover costs. A booking form is available from the Document Library on the website.
Lunches (sandwich and fruit) are available for £4, but must be booked in advance.
Two ways to book:
either complete and return the booking form available from the Document Library or in the HAF brochure, along with a cheque (made payable to Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands) and post to ARCH, The Goods Shed, The Old Station, Strathpeffer IV14 9DH by 9th October.
£15 for one day, £25 for both days
or email/post the form and pay via the website:
£16 for one day, £26 for both days
Please note that there is plenty of parking, but daily parking permits should be picked up at the conference registration desk.
Please ensure all bookings arrive no later than Tuesday 9th October 2016.
Please note that lunches, whether pre-booked or if you bring your own, may be eaten in the foyer. Cafes and shops are within 5 minutes walking distance.
Highland Archaeology Festival CONFERENCE 2018
Recent Archaeological Discoveries and Research
Highland Council Chamber, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness
Saturday 13th October
Chair: Professor Richard Bradley, University of Reading
9:00 – 9:30am Registration / tea and coffee
9:30 – 9:40am Welcome and Update from Kirsty Cameron, Highland Council Historic Environment Team
9:40 – 9:50am HAF 2018 Photographic Competition award presentation
9:50 – 10:15am Dun Deardail: shedding new light on old problems? – Martin Cook (AOC Archaeology)
10:15 – 10:40am Reading the Ruins: consolidating the broch of Caisteal Grugaig – Matt Ritchie (Forestry Commission Scotland)
10:40-11:05am Entering a Transitional Period: new research on the Poolewe Hoard – Matthew Knight (National Museums Scotland)
11:05 – 11:20am Discussion and questions
11:20 – 11:55am Tea and coffee / browse the display stands
11:55am – 12:20pm Further Discoveries at North Kessock – Eddie Bailey (Headland Archaeology)
12:20 – 12:45pm The Rescue Excavations of Two Roundhouses at Knocknagael and Mullans Wood, Kilcoy – Leanne Demay (AOC Archaeology)
12:45 – 1:00pm Discussion and questions
1:00 – 2:20pm Lunch / browse the display stands / poster sessions
2:20 – 2:45pm New Perspectives on Viking graves from the Highlands - Caroline Paterson (Independent researcher/University of Glasgow)
2:45-3:10pm In Search of Sigurd the Powerful: excavations at Dornoch Bridge Quarry – Lachlan McKeggie (Highland Archaeology Services)
3:10-3:20pm Discussion and questions
3:30-4:30pm Small Steps and Giant Leaps: how far have we come in 25 years? Panel and Round Table Discussion on aspects of the Highland Regional Archaeological Research Framework
Mesolithic Highlands - Eric Grant (NoSAS/Independent Researcher)
The Norse in the Early Historic Highlands - Colleen Batey (University of Glasgow)
20th Century Conflict and the Highlands - Allan Kilpatrick (HES)
4:30-5:00pm Panel discussion and questions
Highland Council Chamber, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness
Sunday 14th October
Chair: Dr Daniel Rhodes (National Trust for Scotland)
09:30 – 10:00am Registration / tea and coffee/ browse the display stands / poster session
10:00 – 10:05am Welcome and housekeeping
10:05 – 10:30am Tanera Mor and Isle Martin: the archaeology of curing red herring – Cathy Dagg (Independent Archaeologist)
10:30 – 10:55am Between Birth and Death: infant mortality and the Scottish witch trials – Morgana McCabe Allan (Independent Researcher)
10:55 – 11:10am Discussion and questions
11:10 – 11:35am Tea and coffee / browse the display stands
11:35am – 12:00pm The medieval and later building lime mortars of the Highlands – Mark Thacker (University of Stirling)
12:00 – 12:25pm Living on Water: island dwelling in the early Iron Age of the Highlands – Michael Stratigos (University of Glasgow Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre)
12:25 – 12:50pm (Re)Discovering Ava: conclusions from the project – Maya Hoole (Independent Researcher/ HES)
12:50 – 1:05pm Discussion and questions
1:05 – 2:20pm Lunch / browse the display stands/poster sessions
2:20 – 2:45pm Reflections from a Heritage Development Graduate Placement at Highlands and Islands Enterprise 2017-18 – Ben Thomas (HES)
2:45 – 3:10pm Torvean: managing a forgotten fort on the edge of Inverness – Jonathan Wordsworth (Independent Researcher)
3:10 – 3:35pm Digitising the Lovat Estate Map Archive – Roland Spencer-Jones (NoSAS)
3:35 – 4:00pm Discussion and questions
Please note: programme subject to change