It was a great pleasure to be able to hold our first in-person AGM for two years. There was a good attendance and the formal part of the event passed uneventfully including the approval of the meeting for the recommendations from the short-life working group for the future development of ACFA. Great enthusiasm was demonstrated for the proposal of sub-committees looking at publicity and recruitment, and training with a number of people coming forward to join them.
After an excellent buffet lunch there were the customary presentations by members of recent archaeological activity. Dugie MacInnes updated us on the Tiree, Halterburn and Luing surveys, Ailsa Smith gave a presentation on the Hynish Lines project, Susan Hunter showed highlights from the ongoing survey at Thorntonhall and Irene Dayer talked about a previously unrecorded rock art and extraction site near Balfron which she has worked on as part of her Masters’ studies at Glasgow University.
A survey team of intrepid field archaeologists have returned to the island of Luing in the Inner Hebrides to continue ACFA’s survey of it and its sister islands. Photos arrived today of Dugie, Libby and Margaret risking life and limb recording a possible late medieval earthwork and a promontory perched on top of a sea cliff on the west coast of the island
Due to ongoing concerns over Covid-19 the 2021 AGM was once again held online. Members approved the accounts and the re-appointment of committee members and office bearers. After the formal business updates presented by Elaine Black (Tiree/Ben Hynish), Fred Hay (Eric Cregeen archive), Susan Hunter (Broom, Thorntonhall and Kirkhill surveys) and Dugie MacInnes (Halter Burn Valley).
The winners of the online photo competition were announced at the AGM. The Humour category was won by Christine MacDiarmid for her photo “We’re going to need a bigger trowel”. Janie Munro won the Home category with “Machrie Moor II”, the International category was won by Ewen Smith with “A Maoi looks to his birthplace” and Simon Davies won the Still by Drone category with his image of a shieling site. The overall winner was Janie Munro. Congratulations to you all.
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