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 2022-23 will be held in Lecture Theatre B, 40 George Square Lecture Theatres, at the University of Edinburgh Central Area.

All seminars will start at 6pm and are likely to last for approximately 1.5 hrs.

Events Schedule

Semester 1, 2022-23

Date  Speaker Title/Theme
04 Oct 22 Martin Goldberg, Mary Davis, Adrian Maldonado, Susanna Harris, Alex Makin The Galloway Hoard
01 Nov 22 Maaten van Hardenbroek Archaeology without excavation? Using proxy-evidence in lake sediment records to understand prehistoric human activity
06 Dec 22 Gordon Noble The Mega-forts of Early medieval Northern Britain? Assembling community in the First Millennium AD

Semester 2, 2022-23

Date Speaker Title/Theme
10 Jan 23

Clive Waddington

Murray Cook

Living in the round: thoughts on recent excavation of roundhouses in northern Britain


New light on southern brochs: excavations at Castlehillwood Dun

07 Feb 23 Dave Cowley From point to pattern, and pattern to population – counting people in Iron Age East Lothian
07 Mar 23 Sophie Adams The Enderby bark shield and its reconstruction: Latest discoveries
04 Apr 23 The unit roundup Latest discoveries from recent fieldwork in Scotland
02 May 23 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)

Further information

If you have any questions, or would like to be added to the email distribution list to receive details of the seminars and other events that may be of interest, please email us.

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