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Archaeological Research in Progress Conference 2020

Archaeological Research in Progress is a national conference organised each year by Archaeology Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, supported by Historic Environment Scotland.  

This year, due to COVID-19 the conference will be held digitally. Tickets for this year’s event are free, however if you are feeling generous and wish to show your support donations are always gratefully accepted.  

All of our contributors have submitted their talks in the form of video or article submissions. Once you have reserved your ticket(s) you will be invited to the private event group where this content will be released! Q&A will take place on Facebook and Twitter with the speakers. 

We look forward to having you join us and would like to thank you in advanced for your participation in this year’s Archaeological Research in Progress. 

Book your tickets here.

Speakers and Talks:

  •  8000 years of archaeology at Aden, MintlawAlison Cameron (Cameron Archaeology)  
  • Excavation at Tap O’Noth Hillfort, AberdeenshireJames O’Driscoll (University of Aberdeen) 
  • Historic Carvings on Mither Tap, BennachieMoira Blackmore (University of Aberdeen) 
  • Ancestor or adversary? Understanding the six-headed medieval burials from St Colman’s Church, PortmahomackCecily Spall (FAS Heritage) 
  • Fish and Picts: Symbols and subsistence in early Medieval ScotlandDr Kate Britton (University of Aberdeen) 
  • The Hill of the People of Ce: Recent Excavation at The Mither Tap, BennachieProfessor Gordon Noble (University of Aberdeen) 
  • Battle Hill, HuntlyDr Murray Cook (Rampart Scotland) 
  • A Chip off the Old BlockSheila Duthie & Irvine Ross (Mesolithic Deeside) 
  • A Portrait of Life and Death in Aberdeen – Excavations at Aberdeen Art Gallery– Steven Watt (AOC Archaeology) 

The Archaeological Research in Progress Conference 2020 is going online!

6th June

Virtual Venue

Exciting news! All of our previous contributors have agreed to participate in our virtual ARP 2020. Tune in to our Facebook page for more information!

Archaeological Research in Progress Conference

23rd May 2020

University of Aberdeen


Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we, at Archaeology Scotland, have decided to close the office for the foreseeable future. Staff will be working from home and contactable via email, but we cannot be reached by phone. Likewise, our upcoming activities and events will not go ahead until the current situation changes.

We hope you all stay safe and healthy, and we will continue to keep you updated with archaeological news from Scotland and share relevant resources to keep you busy during the next wee while.

Stay tuned through our Out and About e-newsletter, Facebook, and Instagram!

Archaeological Research in Progress (ARP) is a day conference presenting new research findings and best practice in archaeology covering all periods from across Scotland and beyond. The event is being organised this year by Archaeology Scotland in partnership with the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and aims to cover archaeological research in progress from around Scotland covering all periods.

Please click here for this year’s programme.

Register your space here.


Sponsorship Options and Opportunities
We are also seeking support to help us deliver a quality conference in a prestigious venue at the University of Aberdeen.  Costs are increasing and we wish to keep ticket prices as low as possible so external support is vital. The wide range of sponsorship support we normally receive towards ARP also helps to demonstrate collaboration and highlights cross-sector support for the rapid dissemination of archaeological research.

Supporting the one day conference provides you with the opportunity to promote your organisation while also supporting rapid knowledge dissemination, research excellence and interdisciplinary collaboration.  Sponsorship benefits include branding on all print and digital programmes, the opportunity to display material at the conference and delegate places:

– Sponsor acknowledged on the ‘supporter thank you’ page of our  website

– Sponsor’s support included on the online lecture archive in perpetuity (hosted on You Tube)

– Editorial and logo acknowledgement as event sponsor in one of our magazines and annual review distributed to all our members and partners

– Acknowledged as the sponsor in social media related to the event or project

– Acknowledged and warmly thanked as sponsor by our President in opening and closing addresses of the sponsored event with sponsor’s logo prominently displayed

All contributions, in cash or in kind, are welcome so please do contact David Gilchrist on  if you would like to discuss ways you can be involved in the 2020 ARP conference.

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