SIEME Conference 2013

Scotland in early medieval Europe
Unfortunately I’ll miss this conference, which is being held in Edinburgh over the weekend of 22-24 February. It’s organized by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in conjunction with the Dark Age Studies Committee. The last remaining tickets sold out a few weeks ago, so even if I was able to change my schedule I wouldn’t be able to attend. I’m sorry to miss it, as there are many enticing papers on the menu. In fact, I can’t see anything on the programme that doesn’t entice.

Some examples of what I’ll be missing:

Social relations as revealed from burial evidence in AD 400-650 (Adrian Maldonado)

Portmahomack: a Pictish monastery in its political, ideological and economic context (Martin Carver)

‘Class 1’ symbol stones in European perspective (Katherine Forsyth)

Trusty’s Hill, Rheged and the Picts of Galloway: power and ethnogenesis on the Solway Firth (Chris Bowles & Ronan Toolis)

Landscapes of power and governance in Pictland (Gordon Noble)

Archaeological reflections on power, ideology and identity in Scotland (Stephen Driscoll)

….. but these are just a few random highlights in what looks like a truly enthralling three days.

And even the flyer looks great – a fine view of the magnificent Hunterston Brooch.

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5 comments on “SIEME Conference 2013

  1. Phil says:

    Sheesh! Live and study in Edinburgh and didn’t notice this was on…However, I did clock that the ‘Trusty’s Hill, Rheged and the Picts of Galloway’ talk is also on at Peebles Community Centre on the evening of Thurs 21 Feb. Just might get along to that.

  2. Phil says:

    Pity. Would have been good to meet you Tim.

  3. Tim says:

    Yes, and likewise. I’ve been wondering how you were getting on with your course.

    The event would have given me an opportunity to catch up with Chris Bowles as well. He and I had a really good chat about early medieval stuff last year (in a pub in Peebles).

    If you manage to go, Phil, I’ll be interested to hear about it.

  4. Looks like a very interesting conference

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