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
14th-15th October 2017

See below, the Events Calendar or download a copy. The panel discussion this year will focus on dating methods in archaeology, looking at recent developments in C-14, dendrochronology and typologies, with attention towards Highland sites.

Displays and Poster Sessions

This year we will have an extended lunch break to allow time for poster sessions at some of the many displays (details will be provided on registration). These proved very popular last year, and allowed groups to briefly showcase project 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.

New this year: you can book a lunch for £3. Four choices of sandwiches, with crisps and fruit. Please specify on the booking form.

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.

£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, for which there is a charge.

Saturday tickets only
Saturday tickets only
Saturday tickets only£16.00
Sunday tickets only
Sunday tickets only
Sunday tickets only£16.00
Saturday & Sunday ticket
Saturday & Sunday ticket
Saturday & Sunday ticket£26.00
Saturday Lunch
Saturday Lunch
Please make your choice on the booking form
Saturday Lunch£3.00
Sunday Lunch
Sunday Lunch
Please make your choice on the booking form
Sunday Lunch£3.00

Please ensure all bookings arrive no later than Tuesday 11th 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.



Please note: programme subject to change

Highland Archaeology Festival CONFERENCE 2017

Recent Archaeological Discoveries and Research
Highland Council Chamber, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness
Saturday 14th October.
Chair: Dr. Alison Sheridan, National Museum of Scotland

9:00 – 9:30am            Registration / tea and coffee

9:30 – 9:40am            Welcome and housekeeping

9:40 – 9:50am            HAF 2017 Photographic Competition award presentation

9:50 – 10:15am          The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework: knitting together regional archaeology in Scotland - Emma Jane O’Riordan (ScARF)

10:15 – 10:40am        Wilkhouse: The community excavation of an 18th century inn complex near Brora – Nick Lindsay (Clyne Heritage Society)

10:40-11:05am           Clachtoll Broch: preliminary findings – Gordon Sleight (Historic Assynt)

11:05 – 11:20am        Discussion and questions

11:20 – 11:55am        Tea and coffee / browse the display stands

11:55am – 12:20pm   A discovery from Massacre Cave, Isle of Eigg – Stuart Wilson (AOC Archaeology)

12:20 – 12:45pm        The Skye Ecomuseum and recent excavations at a Mesolithic site in Staffin – Dan Lee (ORCA)

12:45 – 1:00pm          Discussion and questions

1:00 – 2:20pm            Lunch   / browse the display stands / poster sessions

2:20 – 2:45pm            Linking the archaeology of south Inverness: an overview of fieldwork on the Inverness West Link Road development – Mary Peteranna/Cathy MacIver (AOC Archaeology)

2:45-3:10pm               Build and burn: new approaches to performing prehistory – Gavin MacGregor (Northlight Heritage)

3:10-3:20pm               Discussion and questions

3:20-3:30pm               Comfort break

3:30-4:30pm               Archaeological dating methodologies:
Derek Hamilton (SUERC) - A rough guide to building archaeological chronologies: radiocarbon dating and Bayesian modelling in the Scottish Highlands; Coralie Mills (U. of St. Andrews) – Developments of dendrochronology of the Highlands; and Eric Grant (Tarradale Through Time project) – Dating artefacts by typology, association and parallels

4:30-5:00pm               Panel discussion and questions

Highland Council Chamber, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness
Sunday 15th October.
Chair: Dr. Kirsty Owen (Historic Environment 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        Recent excavations at Smelter’s Cave, Rosemarkie – Steven Birch (Rosemarkie Caves Project)

10:30 – 10:55am        Those enigmatic features: excavations at Dun Mhurchaidh, Ardnamurchan by the Ardnamurchan Transitions Project – Phil Richardson (Archaeology Scotland) and Paul Murtagh (Northlight Heritage)

10:55 – 11:10am        Discussion and questions

11:10 – 11:35am        Tea and coffee / browse the display stands

11:35am – 12:00pm   Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence: a first glimpse of the Iron Age in Strathspey – Peta Glew (Northlight Heritage)

12:00 – 12:25pm        Excavations at Swartigill, Caithness – Martin Carruthers (UHI / Yarrows Heritage Trust)

12:25 – 12:50pm        Woodlands under the waves: investigating submerged forests in the Northern and Western Isles – Scott Timpany (UHI)

12:50 – 1:05pm          Discussion and questions

1:05 – 2:20pm            Lunch   / browse the display stands/poster sessions

2:20 – 2:45pm            The excavation and survey of a probable Bronze Age cist and associated cairn in Strathnaver, Sutherland – Martin Cook/ Genevieve Shaw (AOC Archaeology)

2:45 – 3:10pm            Scotland’s Rock Art Project – John Wombell/Alan Thompson (NoSAS)

3:10 – 3:35pm            New light on old stones: recent discoveries at Kirkmichael on the Black Isle – Jim Mackay (Kirkmichael Trust)

3:35 – 4:00pm Discussion and questions

Please note: programme subject to change



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