During the last week in October 2022 we had a large team surveying new sites in Tiree. Member Simon Davies carried out photogrammetry on a selection of the sites and the resulting 3D models can be viewed at https://sketchfab.com/Smilemaker/collections/tiree-a4b4ac5e642d432fabecbbf55ac6d9f3
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
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
Latest talk Iain Ross Wallace, Leaving a Mark on History – The Scottish Stonemasons’ Marks Research Project available now .
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.
Arran Trip October 2021
Twenty five members and partners had fun exploring the archaeology of Arran. Sites visited included King’s Cross Dun and Viking Grave, the stone circles of Machrie Moor, King’s Caves, Torrylinn and Auchengallon cairns and the Drumadoon enclosure where members debated the status of a stone – standing stone or cattle rubbing stone. Finds of Neolithic pottery and its proximity to the recently excavated cursus brought the weight of opinion down on standing stone.