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 in Lecture Theatre 2, Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE (please see details below).

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

Event schedule

Semester 1&2, 2019/20

Date/time Speakers and topics Notes
Tuesday 1 Oct

Jamie Barnes, ‘Of Warriors and beasts: The hogbacks and hammerhead crosses of Viking Age Strathclyde and Northumbria'


Tuesday 5 Nov

Unit Roundup • CFA • Rathmell • AOC

Tuesday 3 Dec

Elizabeth M Greene, 'The social life of Roman soldiers: The role of wives, children and families in Roman military communities'

Tuesday 14 Jan

Nick Hodgson & James Bruhn, 'Roman frontiers create new societies in the lands beyond: a shift to pastoral farming and social re-structuring caused by the building of Hadrian’s Wall' Headland Archaeology - recent excavation of enclosures on the Northumberland coastal plain (tbc)

Tuesday 4 Feb

Michael Stratigos, 'Living on water: Early Iron Age loch dwelling on Loch Tay'

Tuesday 3 Mar

Sally Foster, 'My life as a replica: St John's Cross, Iona'

Tuesday 31 Mar

Anne Crone, 'Wooden vessels from Iron Age Scotland – to carve or to turn'; Ewan Campbell, 'Revisiting the finds from Iona (tbc)'

Tuesday 5 May

Sabine Hornung, 'Resistance is futile - landscape archaeological research on the impact of Caesar’s conquest and the process of Romanization in the territory of the Treveri (Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)'

Tuesday 16 Jun Seminar - details to follow POSTPONED

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