Archaeology Conference

‘Our Islands, Our Past’-Three Island Regional Research Framework

Maeshowe Chambered Tomb, Orkney, Scotland
Maeshowe. Photograph: Jim Richardson

The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute is pleased to announce details of the ‘Three Island Regional Research Framework’ round-table discussion being held at ‘Our Islands, Our Past’ Conference on the afternoon of Friday 15th September.

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Julie Gibson, County Archaeologist for Orkney Islands Council, writes…”Regional research frameworks for archaeology, designed to complement the existing national framework (ScARF), have been identified as a strategic priority in Scotland[1]. In response, the Local Authority Archaeologists for Shetland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and Orkney, supported by UHI Archaeology Institute, are pulling together a project to develop a Research Framework for the three island-based Local Authority areas.

Our proposal is to develop three Local Research Agendas for the individual archipelagos (Shetland, Western Isles and Orkney) that will sit within a wider Regional Framework for the islands. The project will be delivered by UHI Archaeology Institute on behalf of the partners and project managed by a steering group comprised of partner and key stakeholder representatives.  Also working with us will be staff of The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland who are supporting the development of regional frameworks across the county and will host the island Agendas and Framework on the ScARF website.

This initial meeting will help structure the Agendas and establish themes for the overarching Regional Framework.  We want to work in partnership with a wide range of individuals who are active within archaeology, heritage and historic environment sectors across the region.  We will therefore be seeking advice, ideas and contributions from community heritage groups, museums, commercial contractors and academics. The aim is to identify what is important and significant for our region’s archaeology and to help provide research questions and targets to help us balance and focus our efforts on what is most significant to these islands.”

[1] Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy Delivery Plan Version 2 January 2017 section 2.1

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