Re: Orkney Iron Age Conference


Subject: Re: Orkney Iron Age Conference
From: Iain Flett (iain.flett@dundeecity.gov.uk)
Date: Fri Aug 17 2001 - 09:29:00 GMT


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Sea Change
Orkney Heritage Society
in partnership with Orkney College and the UHI Millennium Institute

6th - 10th September 2001

The Late Iron Age in Orkney is a fascinating period of change from the
massive Broch
settlements at the start of the millennium to the 8th century Pictish
community
overwhelmed by newcomers from Scandinavia.This conference is an exciting
opportunity to hear a variety of opinions and views about Orkney and
northern Europe
in the light of new discoveries and theories.

Orkney Heritage Society was founded in 1967 "to stimulate public interest in
and care
for the beauty, heritage and character of Orkney and to encourage the
preservation ,
development and improvement of features of general public amenity of general
historic
interest and to encourage high standards of architecture and planning in the
islands".

A quirk of fate in the late seventies put this young amenity group in charge
of
Orkney's field archaeology and of the maintenance of its Sites and
Monuments
Record, but it became increasingly apparent to the Society that more was
required. In
December 1996, after six months of consultation and advice, Orkney Heritage
Society
formed the Orkney Archaeological Trust to take over the archaeological
function and
provide the Islands with the dedicated Archaeological Service which its
magnificent
ancient monuments deserve. A registered charity, the Trust is administered
by a Board
of five Trustees assisted by representatives of the Orkney Heritage Society,
Orkney
Islands Council, Orkney Tourist Board, the University of the Highlands and
Islands
and the Orkney Branch of the National Farmer's Union. Historic Scotland has
an
advisory role. Orkney's present archaeologist is Julie Gibson, who succeeded
Dr
Raymond Lamb in 1997.


Funders
Orkney College, UHI Millennium Institute, Orkney Islands Council, Orkney
Enterprise, Historic Scotland

Sponsors
The Orcadian, Sheila Fleet Jewellery, Rapson Coaches, Orkney Science
Festival,
Orkney Museum Service, The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

Cost
Main lecture programme 90 (80 if booked before July1st), 40 unwaged.
Optional Fringe Events
Field trips To be arranged
Conference Dinner Sunday 9th 15 per person
Iron Age Dinner and Ceilidh Monday 10th 15 per person

Booking
Please use the form at the back of this programme. Please note that we have
tried to
accommodate as many people as possible for all the events but some venues
are limited
by size although they are the largest available.

THURSDAY 6th

Registration, 12 noon onwards, Pickaquoy Centre

Rough Guide to the Iron Age and Orkney, workshop. Anne Brundle, Orkney
Museum,
Orkney Arts Theatre 2pm - 3pm

Inaugural Lecture
John D. Mackay lecture in partnership with Orkney Science Festival
7pm Orkney Arts Theatre, Professor Martin Carver, University Of York, Is it
Pictish?
Is it a Monastery? Settlement at Portmahomack, Easter Ross, 6th - 10th
Centuries AD

Civic Reception at the Town Hall hosted by Orkney Islands Council

9pm, Science Festival Ceilidh. British Legion, Junction Road, Delegates will
get a
complimentary ticket from the Science Festival

FRIDAY 7th
All lectures at the Pickaquoy Centre

Early Christian and Pagan
Professor Charles Thomas, 'Encroaching Tide' : a model for the
Christianisation of
Orkney
Society of Antiquaries, Buchan Lecture Dr. Anna Ritchie Paganism among the
Picts
and the Conversion of Orkney
Dr Chris Lowe, Headland Archaeology, The Orkney Papar: Recent excavations on
Papa Westray and Papa Stronsay
Society of Antiquaries, Buchan Lecture, Dr Raymond Lamb, Thurso College,
From
Pictish Christian to Christian Norse
Professor John Hunter, University of Birmingham, Weakness and Power in the
Northern Isles; the Archaeology of Ambiguity
Ritual and Burial
Patrick Ashmore, Historic Scotland, Burials in the First Millennia
The Orcadian Lecture, Nick Card, Orkney Archaeological Trust, Jane Downes,
Orkney College, Iron Age Ritual in Orkney
Rachel Barrowman* University of Glasgow, 'A Decent Burial? Changing practice
at
St Ninian's Isle, Shetland'*presented by Christopher Morris
Elizabeth O'Brien, Freelance Archaeologist, Burial Practices in Ireland
1st -7th
Centuries, AD

7pm -9pm Orkney Museum, special opening for delegates

SATURDAY 8th

FIELD TRIPS
Those booking for the conference will be sent a list of field trip options.

Please note the following FOAT event has now been re-scheduled to take place
in
May because of concerns relating to foot and mouth. It is now planned that a
choice of field trips will be offered to delegates and the CSA will be
conducting a
Young Archaeologists workshop.
Minehowe Know How - Evidence, Experiment, Experience
Langskaill Farm (by Minehowe) and the St Andrew's Community Centre from 12
to 4pm. Entrance
free to event. Entrance to Minehowe site, 2

Young Archaeologists Workshop, Council for Scottish Archaeology, Pickaquoy
Centre 12noon - 4pm, FREE

Iron Age Story Telling, FREE
Tom Muir, 11am Stromness Library, 2.30pm Kirkwall Library
For children aged 6 and up. Tel., 01856 873166

Public Lecture
Launch of 'Discovery Channels', with Jacqui Wood, experimental
archaeologist.
FREE, Evening, Pickaquoy Centre.

SUNDAY 9th
All lectures at the Pickaquoy Centre

Settlements and Buildings
David Cowley, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of
Scotland, 'Changing places - late Iron Age settlement in Northern Scotland'
Steve Dockrill, Bradford University, Broch, wheelhouse, cell: redefining the
Iron Age
in Shetland
Grahm Ritchie, Anagram, Pictish Art in Orkney
Anne Brundle, The Orkney Museum, Buckquoy Revisited
Dr Alan Lane, University of Cardiff, Rubbish and Royalty: Dunadd a 7th and
8th
capital Dal Riata
Artefacts and Communication
Dr Niall Sharples, University of Cardiff, From Monuments to Artefacts:
changing
social relationships in the Late Iron Age
Ms Andrea Smith, Historic Scotland, From the small green isles to the Low
Countries:
artefactual evidence for links around the North Sea basin in the later Iron
Age
Lotte Hedrage, Oslo University, Scandinavian Animal Style: Symbolic
representation
of a pre-Christian Cosmology
Andy Heald, National Museum of Scotland

Conference Dinner, Ayre Hotel, 15 per head
The Ayre Hotel has a limited capacity (it is, however, the largest suitable
venue in the
islands) so please book early to avoid disappointment.

MONDAY 10th,
All lectures at the Pickaquoy Centre
Agriculture and Landscape
Jacqui Mulville, English Heritage
Dr Julie Bond, Bradford University, A Growing Success? Agricultural
intensification
and risk management in Late Iron Age Orkney and Shetland
Dr Ingrid Mainland, Bradford University, Aspects of the Agricultural Economy
at
Minehowe
Professor W. Nicholaisen, Aberdeen University
Brian Smith, Shetland Archives, The Picts and the Martyrs: Did the Vikings
kill the
Picts in Orkney and Shetland?

Professor Chris Morris, University of Glasgow, closing summary

Birsay Heritage Trust, Iron Age Meal and Ceilidh
Birsay Community Hall, tickets 15 per person. Limited places. Delegates
please book
through the conference.

Accommodation
Delegates must arrange their own accommodation. The Tourist Information
Centre
(Broad Street, Kirkwall, Tel., 01856 872856) will be happy to arrange this
for you.
Hotels, Youth Hostels, bed and breakfasts and self catering establishments
are all
available throughout Orkney.

Travel to Orkney
Journeys to Orkney can be made by car and ferry, train and ferry or by air.
If you have
difficulties arranging your travel then the local travel agent is Ridgway
Travel Agency
(Albert Street, Kirkwall, Tel., 01856 873359). It is worth pointing out that
cheaper air
tickets are limited to a few seats per flight so early booking is advisable
for air travel
although the cheaper seats are not fully refundable in the event of a late
cancellation. .
Air travel is also considerably cheaper if you stay over a weekend.

Travel Within Orkney
The majority of lectures will take place in Kirkwall at the Pickaquoy
Centre, ten
minutes walk from the centre of Kirkwall. Delegates will have to ensure that
they can
reach Kirkwall using their own or public transport (check with Orkney
Tourist Board,
Tel., 01856 872856).

Historic Scotland
Delegates will have free access to Historic Scotland sites for the duration
of the
conference. These sites include Maeshowe, Skara Brae, the Earl's Palace and
the
Bishop's Palace and the Broch of Gurness.

Bookstall
Provided by Stromness Books and Prints. Available during the main lecture
programme at the Pickaquoy Centre

Access
The Pickaquoy Centre, the Ayre Hotel and St Andrew's Community Hall and
Stromness Academy are all accessible for wheelchair users. Langskaill Farm,
by
Minehowe may not be suitable for wheel chair users.

Organising committee; Daphne Lorimer, Kate Towsey, Julie Gibson, Sandy
Firth, Jane
Downes, Nick Card, Anne Brundle, Tom Rendall

Contact: Kate Towsey, organiser, Seaview, Burray, Orkney, KW17 2SS, Tel.,
01856 731227, e-mail kate.towsey@talk21.com

Sea Change

CONFERENCE BOOKING FORM

Title ...........
Name........................................................................
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Institution ....
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Address
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Telephone ......................................... Email
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       No.of places cost total

Lectures; 90 (80 if booked and paid for by July 1st ) ..... ..... .....
40 unwaged

Conference Dinner (Sunday 9th Sept., Ayre Hotel) 15 ...... ...... .......

Birsay Heritage Trust Meal, 15 ...... ...... .......

         Total ..........

Dietary requirements for the conference dinner
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Please return your booking form with a cheque for the full amount (made
payable to
Orkney Heritage Society) to the Conference Secretary, Seaview, Burray,
Orkney,
KW17 2SS. Tel., 01856 731227, e-mail kate.towsey@talk21.com

Cancellations will only receive a refund if made before June 30, 2001.
Thereafter
refunds will be given if the places can be given to another delegate.
----- Original Message -----
From: Iain Flett <iain.flett@dundeecity.gov.uk>
To: <kate.towsey@talk21.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2001 8:10 AM
Subject: Orkney Iron Age Conference

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Conference news for Britarch

ORKNEY IRON AGE CONFERENCE

SEA CHANGE: Orkney and Northern Europe in the Later Iron Age
and after. 300-800 A.D.

Themes: Early Christian and Pagan: Ritual and Burial: Settlements
and Buildings: Artefacts and Communication: Agriculture and
Landscape: Language and Interpretation.

Cost: 90 (40 unwaged).

For further details contact the Conference Secretary,
kate.towsey@talk21.com.

--
 Anne Brundle * Orkney Islands Council
 anne.brundle@orkney.gov.uk

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