Video: A new set of threads: the production and design of ‘Into the Wildwoods’ and ‘The First Foresters’

A recording of last Friday’s UHI Archaeology Institute monthly seminar.

Matt Ritchie, an archaeologist with Forestry and Land Scotland, outlines the development and production of the Into the Wildwoods (2020) and The First Foresters (2019) booklets followed by an question-and-answer session.

February seminar – ‘A new set of threads: the production and design of Into the Wildwoods and The First Foresters’

The next UHI Archaeology online seminar is scheduled for 4pm on Friday, February 26, and features Matt Ritchie, who will outline the development and production of two recent publications on Mesolithic and Neolithic Scotland.

Produced by Forestry and Land Scotland, Into the Wildwoods and The First Foresters are free-to-download innovative booklets that pioneer a ‘deep time’ approach to woodland heritage and explore the presentation and interpretation of some quite complex and unconventional archaeological ideas.

Featuring illustrations by Orcadian artist Alex Leonard, the booklets take a carefully tailored approach to archaeological discussion, creative indoor activities and practical outdoor learning, to explore the lives of Mesolithic wild harvesters and Neolithic pioneers who followed long after.

As both reference material and learning resource, the booklets are aimed at teachers, youth group leaders, archaeological educators and anyone interested in our native woodlands.

They use a popular communication style and bold design to align an unabashed archaeological and ecological ethos with a more subtle message of stewardship and responsibility.

Click here for details on how to join the seminar.

[Video] Whisky distilling in the Highlands and Islands: missing pieces of our post-medieval archaeology

Darroch Bratt.

The recording of last Friday’s UHI Archaeology Institute seminar, featuring PhD student Darroch Bratt.

Drawing on historical and archaeological evidence, Darroch demonstrates how his research has attempted to integrate the distilling of whisky into the archaeology of the region and how the historical archaeology of distilling fits into an expanding understanding of rural commercial practice.

The variety in the archaeology of illicit distilling is explored and it is shown that early licensed distilling represents an almost untapped archaeological resource in the region.

‘Learning from Northern people’ seminar on Friday

Professor Leslie King

What the people of the Arctic can teach us to help respond to climate change is the subject of a University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute research seminar this Friday, November 27.

Arctic explorers owed their survival to the knowledge gained from Inuit during their expeditions in harsh but fragile environments. We are now experiencing another period of climate and rapid environmental and social change.

Part our survival and future depends on lessons learnt from people on the front lines of climate change and biodiversity loss about how to adapt and thrive in conditions of uncertainty and change. Climate researchers are modern explorers attempting to learn from the knowledge – ancient and contemporary – held by Northern people.

Led by Professor Leslie King of the Canadian Centre for Environmental Education and Visiting Professor at the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute, the talk will introduce some of the research results that may help us in lower latitudes prepare for, respond to, and survive dramatic changes in the social-ecological systems upon which we depend.

The free online seminar is at 4pm GMT on Friday, November 27. For details on how to view, click here.