Every year in Scotland there is a conference that is a bit unique in archaeology, professionals are not allowed to give papers… for the most part. All the presentations are by community members on heritage projects. There is a Minute of Mayhem when anyone can present a brief review of their work in under a minute in which professionals can participate in that. Also, some opening and closing talks are by professionals but for the most part it is a COMMUNITY heritage conference.
This year the organisers did something a little different and instead of having one large conference they had three smaller conferences all around Scotland. I videoed two of these conferences and below you can find the videos to the Aberdeen conference.
Spittal, Shielings and Stills
Irvine Ross (Glen Muick survey)
The Salmon Bothy and traditional boat-building
Lorna Summers (Portsoy Salmon Bothy)
Hillhead, Balbithan and beyond
Stewart MacIntyre (NE Scotland Archaeological Research Society)
Community heritage on Eigg
Anna Mayhew and Lewis Matheson-Skills for the Future Trainees, HES
One Minute Mayhem 60-second presentations against the clock
Connecting Scotland’s Sound Project
Aberdeen Women’s Alliance
Alyth Community Trust
Marian Bruce & Clare Cooper