School of History, Classics & Archaeology

First Millennia Studies Group

The First Millennia Studies Group (FMSG) is a discussion forum for all aspects of archaeology in the first millennia BC and AD in Scotland and beyond. FMSG is open to anyone interested in the time period and the theories and methods of its study. The Committee hopes it offers a useful forum for trying, developing and discarding ideas at a live event; a testing ground, which we feel cannot be achieved by a more anonymous online audience and the possibility of being recorded. This distinguishes FMSG from other research seminars.

Time and location

FMSG usually meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month, October through to May. A day-seminar in June closes each annual season.

Anyone wishing to be added to the email circulation list to find out about our monthly meetings or the day seminar can contact the organisers at Please also contact us if you have a potential topic to contribute.

Meetings in 2023-24 will be held in the Meadows Lecture Theatre, at the University of Edinburgh Central Area – unless otherwise noted.

All seminars will start at 18:00 hrs and are likely to last for approximately 1.5 hrs.

Events Schedule

Semester 2, 2023-24

Date  Speaker Title/Theme
09 Jan 24 Unit round-up Latest discoveries from the field
06 Feb 24 Juliette Mitchell Earth & Stone: Building Monumental Funerary Landscapes in Early Medieval Scotland
05 Mar 24 Katharina Becker Rathgall, Co. Wicklow and the Late Bronze Age / Iron Age transition in Ireland
02 Apr 24 Sam Leggett Lords of the Isles, Lords of the Sea: mobility and ecology in Viking Age and Medieval Scotland
07 May 24 In Usha Kasera Lecture Theatre David Petts Recent work on Lindisfarne: new light on a Central British monastery

Semester 1, 2023-24

Date  Speaker Title/Theme
03 Oct 23 Jon Henderson/Graeme Cavers and Joe Fitzpatrick/James O’Driscoll Latest discoveries from hillfort excavations (from recent collaborative projects)
07 Nov 23 Andrew Lamb and Alexandra Farrell Dress fasteners from the Iron Age to the Viking Age: Cultural interactions and identities
05 Dec 23 Kathleen Clifford

The Essential Extramural Element: Using Extramural Assemblages to Enhance our Understanding of Roman Military Sites

NB Usha Kasera Lecture Theatre, Old College

Further information

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