Proposed Trip to Tiree May 2015

A new field trip is being considered for September to the island of Tiree. Archaeology on Tiree includes Dun Mor Vaul, duns, standing stones and a stone circle, medieval chapel ruins and cross stones, kelp and corn kilns, and accommodation will be in the Category A listed lighthouse establishment built for the construction and servicing of Skerryvore lighthouse. This trip is only open to members and associate members, and full details can be found in the Members' Area.

Our Place in Time - Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland


Last year ACFA took part in the public consultation on the draft Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland and the Outline Business case for the merger between Historic Scotland and RCAHMS.  Our written submission can be found in the Members' Area.

The new strategy that emerged from the consultations and further discussions has just been published.  The intention is to ensure that Scotland's Historic Environment is cared for, valued and protected in a sustainable way.  The strategy can be found at .

The Historic Environment Bill to create a new Non-Departmental Public Body, Historic Environment Scotland, has been laid before the Scottish Parliament and can be found at .

Rouken Glen New Project

ACFA members are taking part in a new archaeology project based in Rouken Glen Park on the southside of Glasgow. The project will kick off with a training weekend for community volunteers on March 15 and 16. A group of ACFA members will help tutor the volunteers in learning to recognise features in the landscape with a guided walk-over of the park and continuing with an introduction to surveying. 

The Saturday will also see the launch of Dig It Archaeology Year 2015.

Spring Glen Lochay Dates

Glen Lochay survey dates for March to June have been announced.  They are:  March 23, March 30, April 6, April 13, May 4, and May 11.  All dates are Sundays.  A camping weekend is also planned.  More details can be found in the Members' Area.

Ask the Experts: Archaeology Fact Finding Conference

On Saturday22nd March 2014, the SCAPE Trust is hosting an Archaeology Fact Finding Event in Glasgow. Designed for all those who have an interest in and take part in archaeology and heritage in a non-professional capacity, this one-off event will give you the opportunity to get up to speed with the incredible range of techniques, specialisms and services across the sector and meet the experts and practitioners face to face.

The day will be structured into 2 parts: short presentations throughout the morning and timed surgeries in the afternoon where you will be able to find out more about specific techniques and services, discuss project ideas and meet specialists and contractors.

The event will be held at the Western General Lecture Theatre and more information can be found at SCHARP's website.

Scottish Coastal Heritage At Risk Project (SCHARP) Workshop

A group of ACFA members attended this interesting day which began with a classroom introduction to the website.  An interactive map gives access to the data from various coastal assessments with links to site records and the ability to view in satellite mode which gives a good view of your chosen site.  We were shown how to record changes to an existing record or report new sites.  The afternoon was spent on the southern shore of the Clyde under the Erskine Bridge learning how to use the smart phone app in the field.

AGM 2013

The 26th Annual General Meeting of ACFA was held on Saturday Ocober 26.  There was a good turn out by members who enjoyed the opportunity to socialise once the business of the evening was finished.  They were delighted to welcome seven new associate members to their ranks.  Members also welcomed the news that the Certificate in Field Archaeology (Glasgow University Centre for Open Studies) is due to recommence in 2014.  A full report of the evening will appear in the next issue of the Newsletter.

Next Social event Saturday February 22 2014

Photography Competition 2013 Results

The winners of the 2013 ACFA Photography Competition announced at the AGM on Saturday October 26 were:

Archaeology in the UK: The Stones of Stenness by Janie Munro

Archaeology Abroad: The Lion in Winter (Nemrut Dag) by Jean Hirst

Humour: "Has anyone seen my parrot?" by Fred Hay

...and the winner of the ACFA Memorial Quaich was The Stones of Stenness by Janie Munro

A Practical Introduction to Field Archaeology

In conjunction with the Centre for Open Studies (Glasgow University), as a precursor to the 2-year Certificate in Field Archaeology, ACFA ran a 2-day training course in Pollok Park on 25/26May 2013.

Pollok Park

The optimum number of students for our resources was estimated at 15 divided into teams of three with a tutor for each team. Saturday began with a crash course in field survey with a useful ‘Idiot’s guide’ hand-out and a demonstration of tape offset in the lecture room. After a picnic lunch the group was led on a tour of the archaeological features of the park.

On Sunday, the groups of three were allocated a tutor and set to drawing one of the features.  At the end of the day the students returned to the lecture room for a winding up session. Responses were uniformly enthusiastic; students had learned that archaeology was not just about digging and they had begun to understand how to read landscape.

Pollok Park

Photographic Competition Results 2012

The winners of the 2012 Photographic Competition were:

Archaeology UK  “Standing Tall”, Callanais, Isle of Lewis, Pat Wilson

Archaeology Abroad The Forum Baths, Ostia Antica, John MacDonald

Humour Bill and Ben doing the rest of the survey (Rona), Fred Hay

The ACFA Memorial Quaich Bill and Ben doing the rest of the survey (Rona), Fred Hay