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Highland Archaeology Festival

October 8, 2022

Join us to Celebrate Highland Archaeology, History and Heritage

The festival is provided by the Highland Council and runs over 3 weeks each late September/October to celebrate the heritage of the Highlands from earliest settlers to modern times, below ground and above. Whether you are a seasoned archaeologist or a complete beginner, the festival will let you explore an amazing range of places and collections.  There’s something to suit everyone and many of the events are free!


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
8th Oct 2022

See below, or in the Events Calendar

Displays and Poster Sessions

This year we again have an extended lunch break and slot at the end to allow time for poster sessions at some of the many displays (details will be provided on registration). These allow groups to briefly showcase projects 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. Cost £25 or £15 for full-time students, includes admission and tea/coffee.  Bookings and payments preferred by Eventbrite. For those who don’t use the internet, payment can be sent by cheque. A booking form is included in the HAF Listing 2022 available from the Document Library in the 2022 folder on the website.

Programme (timings to be confirmed)


9:00-9:30                  Registration / TEAS and COFFEES

9:30-9:35am            Welcome from Kirsty Cameron, Highland Council Historic Environment Team

9:35-10:00am          An HER update and a Last Word on Hut Circles in Wester Ross and Skye  –  Ian Scrivener-Lindley (HC HER officer) and Anna Welti

10:00-10:25am        Excavating a Pictish (and earlier) Barrow Cemetery at Tarradale – Eric Grant

10:25-10:50am        Archaeological Discoveries at Dalmore, Alness – Peta Glew, AOC Archaeology

10:50-11:15am        In Search of Lost Inverlael – Lachlan McKeggie, Highland Archaeology Services

11:15-11:45am       TEAS AND COFFEES

11:45am-12:10pm  Stones, Bricks and Boats: Results of the SCAPE surveys from Inverness to Culbin Sands – Anne Coombs, NoSAS

12:10-12:35pm       Highland Rock Art – Alan Thompson, NoSAS

12:35-1:00pm          Rebuilding Brora’s Salt Making Heritage – Jaquie Aitken and Penny Paterson, Clyne Heritage Society

1:00-2:15pm            LUNCH / Poster sessions

2:15-2:40pm            The Search for a New Highland Architecture – Calum Maclean, MAAC Studio Ltd

2:40-3:05pm            Highland Hospitals Through the Ages – Jim and Steve Leslie, History of Highland Hospitals Project

3:05-3:30pm            Community Heritage Facilitation and  Learning at Ardross and Kirkhill– Susan Kruse, ARCH

3:30-4:00pm            Closing Remarks and Discussion

4:00-5:00                  Poster Sessions


October 8, 2022
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