Forgotten, Hidden, Lost: unearthing Moray’s archaeology

November 4, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Alexander Graham Bell Centre
Moray St
Elgin IV30 1JJ
Adult: £10 / Student: £7.50

The Moray Society’s Archaeology Conference 2017

Forgotten, Hidden & Lost: unearthing Moray’s archaeology

Saturday 4th November 2017, 9:30am – 5:00pm

Alexander Graham Bell Centre, Moray Street, Elgin IV30 1JJ

Tickets: Adult £10 / Student £7.50

Join us in celebrating the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology at Elgin Museum with our archaeology conference showcasing some of Moray’s lesser known and forgotten archaeological and historic sites.

Session 1 (Chaired by Claire Herbert, Aberdeenshire Council Archaeology Service) 9:45am – 11:20am

Excavations at Grantown Road, Forres – Martin Cook, AOC Archaeology

From township to tipper truck: A constant landscape at Macallan, Craigellachie – David Anderson, Highland Archaeology Services

Excavations at Lesmurdie Road, Elgin – Melanie Johnson, CFA Archaeology

11:20am – 11:50am Morning break – teas, coffees and light refreshments will be provided.

Session 2 (Chaired by John Borland, Historic Environment Scotland) 11:50am – 1:25pm

Lost in Plain Site: the enclosure on Cluny Hill, Forres – Prof. Leif Isaksen, University of Exeter

Northern Picts Project – update – Dr Gordon Noble, University of Aberdeen

Getting more from finds: looking behind Iron Age and Roman objects from Moray – Dr Fraser Hunter, National Museums Scotland

1:25pm – 2:25pm Lunch break – please feel free to bring your own lunch with you, or there is ample time to purchase lunch in Elgin town centre. Teas & coffees will be provided.

Session 3 (Chaired by Dr Fraser Hunter, National Museums Scotland) 2:30pm – 5:00pm

Prehistoric Pyromaniacs: the wider story of a burned down roundhouse at Birnie – Dr Tanja Romankiewicz

Lossie’s Coastal Crust: an integrated approach to archaeological measured survey – Matt Ritchie, Forestry Commission Scotland

Iron in Iron Age Moray – Dr Gemma Cruickshank, National Museums Scotland

Underworld Encounters: recent archaeological research at the Covesea Caves – Prof. Ian Armit and Dr Lindsey Büster, University of Bradford

Tickets now available online.

When booking, please note all payments are via Paypal (with Paypal account or debit/credit card) – once you have a reserved your ticket, to pay click on the purple “Paypal” box at the bottom right of the screen.


On Sunday 5th November, 11:00am – 4:30pm, Elgin Museum will be open to visitors (free entry) with selected displays relating to talks presented during the conference; some speakers will also be on hand to answer questions you may have.

Also on Sunday 5th November, two tour options are offered – places are limited, and online booking is essential:

10:00am – 12:00pm – Insight Tour of Elgin Cathedral (£5 / £4) – An exclusive tour of Elgin Cathedral with guest speakers sharing insights on carved stones, medieval stained glass and the history of the Cathedral.

1:00pm – 4:00pm – Guided Walking Tour: Elgin’s Hidden Treasures (£6 / £5) – Join local historian Mary Byatt and archaeologist Claire Herbert for a guided tour exploring the architectural and archaeological treasures hidden “in plain sight” in Elgin’s historic town centre.

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