After two-and-a-half days of discussion and debate, the SIRFA research symposium drew to a close in Kirkwall this afternoon.
Over 100 people from across the archaeology and heritage-sector had gathered to agree on gaps in knowledge and understanding of Orkney’s past. The result will be a set of key research questions for the future of archaeological research across the Scotland’s islands.
The Orkney symposium was the third, and last, in the project. Previous events took place in the Western Isles and Shetland in 2019. The resulting regional research framework for the three island groups will be set within the broader Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF).
The project began in July 2018 and is coordinated by the UHI Archaeology Institute staff, in partnership with local authority archaeologists at the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Shetland Amenity Trust and Orkney Islands Council.