Annual General Meeting 2022

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.

Photography Competition Results

This year’s overall winner, and recipient of the ACFA Quaich, was Chris Morrison.

The Archaeology of an Archaeologist: Ruins of Vallay House on the tidal island of Vallay, North Uist

Category winners were Simon Davies, Drone (top left), Christine McDiarmid, Humour (top right), Fred Hay, International (bottom left), and Chris Morrison, Home (bottom right).

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News from the Western Front or Latest Happenings in Luing

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

Dugie and Libby recording the defensive ditch of an earthwork at W Ardluing
Dugie, Libby and Margaret working on a promontory S Ardluing

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ACFA Winter Zoom Talks 2022

The final talk in our 2022 season will be on Thursday May 26 featuring Ian Marshall giving a presentation on Cathkin Braes and Carmunnock.

Full details and information for requesting Zoom link in Events.

All our Zoom talks are available on our YouTube channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUJ_9602Eok83gsGFVl5qAA

Latest talk Iain Ross Wallace, Leaving a Mark on History – The Scottish Stonemasons’ Marks Research Project available now .

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Annual General Meeting 2021

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).

Photo Competition Results 2021

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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