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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