Forgotten, Hidden, Lost: unearthing Moray’s archaeology


Forgotten, Hidden, Lost: unearthing Moray’s archaeology

To celebrate the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology, Elgin Museum is hosting an archaeology conference showcasing some of Moray’s lesser known archaeological and historic sites. Ten speakers have been confirmed for our lecture day, on 4th November, including Dr Fraser Hunter (NMS), Martin Cook (AOC Archaeology), Matt Ritchie (Forestry Commission Scotland) and Prof. Ian Armit (University of Bradford). Following this, on 5th November, there will a series of site visits as well as the opportunity to visit the Musuem to see new exhibitions and handle artefacts.


Forgotten, Hidden & Lost: unearthing Moray’s archaeology

Saturday 4th November 2017

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

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


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 – 01/11/2017 – THESE EVENTS ARE NOW SOLD OUT!

Insight Tour of Elgin Cathedral  – An exclusive tour of Elgin Cathedral with guest speakers sharing insights on carved stones, medieval stained glass and the history of the Cathedral.

Guided Walking Tour: Elgin’s Hidden Treasures  – 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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