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Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference- Obon

Last week I had a posted videos from Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference – Aberdeen. As mentioned, this year three community conferences were run- Aberdeen, Oban and Ayrshire. I filmed the Aberdeen and Oban ones and here are videos from the Oban conference: Oban Communities Trust Caroline Boswell & RhonaDougall ACFA Tiree Survey 2016 Elaine Black Damn Rebel Bitches https://youtu.

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference- Aberdeen

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.

The United Kingdom; a sense of place

Archaeogeomancy: Digital Heritage Specialists - archaeological geomatics - the majick of spatial data in archaeology - archaeological information systems for the digital age: Slightly off topic… I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the goings on in Scotland; the referendum and the idea of independence.

Would an Independent Scotland Increase or Decrease Heritage and Archaeology Funding?

On the issue of Scotland’s independence, the ‘Yes’  campaign says, “the roads will be paved with gold, which we will ride our unicorns on”, and the ‘No Thanks’ campaign says, “the devil will set up his new home in Scotland as it degrades into a failed state” when it comes to the future of economy and funding things like the NHS, pensions, and by default Heritage and Archaeology. Who is right? Let’s take a look.

A Tale of Two Countries: Scottish Independence and the Archaeology workforce

A Tale of Two Countries I laid out how many aspects of Archaeology and Heritage will not change with an independent Scotland in my last post. But, there are many issues that an Independent Scotland would be dramatically different than the current UK and no more so that the future makeup of their workforce. An International, Diverse, and Highly Skilled Scotland Several years ago Scotland petitioned for the creation of a post-study work visa for students who attended Scottish Universities.

What an Independent Scotland would mean for Archaeology and Heritage.

On September 18th the people of Scotland will vote on their independence from the United Kingdom, potentially becoming the oldest-newest independent nation in the world. Until last week the result of the referendum was predictable, the ‘Yes’ campaign (pro-independence) was heading for a shellacking. A few months ago some polls had the No Campaign, more correctly the ‘No Thanks’ (such a British thing to do, labeling it ‘no thanks’) group, ahead by 20 points i.

ScARF Directory of Archaeological Scientists

Archaeogeomancy: Digital Heritage Specialists - archaeological geomatics - the majick of spatial data in archaeology - archaeological information systems for the digital age: The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework ScARF is the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework, yet another forward thinking move from our heritage colleagues north of the border.

‘Graffiti’ in Mingary Castle

A recent news article published on the BBC’s new page entitled “‘Graffiti’ in Mingary Castle thought to be 700 years old” discusses newly found graffiti markings found by architectural consultant Tom Addyman and his team on plastered walls of the chapel. The archaeologists involved in the team date the markings to between 1265 and 1295 and more can be found on Jon Haylett’s (local historian),  The Mingary Castle blog.

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference

Last Saturday I was at Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference. As I usually try to do, I video recorded and edited in the slides of the talks. Thank you to Cara for inviting me along to do that.There are all listed below. If you did not get a chance to attend there were some very good talks and I recommend catching up with them. There were also some great workshops and the minute of madness (recorded below) at the conference. The minute of madness I thought was excellent.