School of History, Classics & Archaeology

First Millennia Studies Group

The First Millennia Studies Group hosts regular seminars throughout the academic year, open to all.

Seminar description

The First Millennia Studies Group is a discussion forum for all aspects of archaeology in the first millennia BC and AD. There is no geographical limit but the majority of discussions centre around Scotland, although one of the major contributions of the group is the ability to provide the wider context for more focused investigations.

The group is open to anyone interested in the time period and the theory and methodology being employed in its research. You can follow the group on Twitter at @FirstMillennia

Time and location

Unless otherwise stated, the seminars begin at 18.00 on Tuesdays and take place in the Meadows Lecture Theatre, Doorway 4, Old Medical School, Teviot Place unless otherwise specified. Please note that the main door to the building (for Meadows Lecture Theatre) is locked at 18.00, so please arrive in good time.

Evening seminars are likely to last for approximately 1.5-2 hours. All are welcome!

Event schedule

Semester 1, 2018

Date/time Speakers and topics Notes
Tuesday 2 Oct

An Early Medieval miscellany:

Cathy MacIver: 'King’s Seat Hillfort Archaeology Project: Initial results

Anne Marot: 'Evidence for Early Medieval Occupation? Recent excavations at Dalmeny'

Mel Johnston: 'Early medieval sheep farming in the Lammermuirs: excavations at Kerson's Cleugh'


Tuesday 6 Nov

Lindsey Büster and Ian Armit: 'Underworld encounters: Recent fieldwork at the Covesea Caves'

Lecture Theatre 1, Appleton Tower, Crichton Street, Edinburgh
Tuesday 4 Dec

Kate Britton: 'The Pictish Isotope Project: Reconstructing diet and mobility in Early Medieval Scotland using archaeological chemistry'


Tuesday 8 Jan

Research and excavation round up:

Matthew Knight: 'Something old, something new. The Poolewe hoard and its place in earliest Iron Age Scotland'

Iraia Arabaolaza: 'On the move. A Roman marching camp in Ayr'

Clare Christie

Tuesday 5 Feb

Juliette Mitchell: 'Barrow landscapes: Commemorating the dead in Early Medieval Scotland'

Tuesday 5 Mar

Alice Blackwell: 'Rethinking Anglo-Saxon Scotland'

Tuesday 9 Apr

Graeme Cavers: 'Excavation of the Clachtoll Broch, Assynt'

Tuesday 7 May

Mary Davis: 'Hoards and horses – and the investigation of Late Iron Age societies'

Tuesday 18 June

Seminar - Exploring the Senses in the First Millennia

How did people experience their world in the first millennia? How can we approach such understanding through archaeology?

This year’s day seminar explores:

09.55-18.00, Meadows Lecture Theatre, Doorway 4, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG

Further information

If you would like further information on the series, would like to be added to the email circulation list or have a potential topic to contribute, please contact