Our annual conference takes place on the first Saturday in November. Each year we meet in a different location in Dundee, Perth or Fife, in turn.
2017 Conference took place in Dundee on Saturday 4th November at the Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, University of Dundee and celebrated the 40th anniversary of the TAFAC conference.
2017 also marked the transition of our annual journal to free online access, through this website. TAFAJ 23 was launched at the close of the conference, but don’t worry, book-lovers, hard copies of most of our back issues, monographs and fascicules are still available and can still be purchased via our publications page.
Speakers in 2017 were:
Gordon Barclay – ‘The most powerful naval fortress in the British Empire’: the defence of the Firth of Forth, 1880-1977
Alan Blair – Neolithic Halls, Bronze Age Roundhouses and a Late Bronze Age Hoard at Carnoustie
Colin Donald – Dundee Law: The Past, the Present and the Future
Joe Fitzpatrick & Oliver O’Grady – New findings from East Lomond Hillfort
Jane Geddes – The Drosten Stone, St Vigeans: a cultural hybrid
Moira Greig – Fife Heritage Network
Derek Hall – An Exercise in Contemplation: Excavations at Perth Whitefriars 2014-2017
Wendy MacPhedran & Nicola Carmichael – Our Portmoak: uncovering stories from the past
Sophie Nicol – From hilltop to shoreline: The results from Tay Landscape Partnership’s Historic Environment projects
Chris Fyles – Excavations at Perth Theatre and Hallhole, Meikleour
Our 2016 conference was held in Fife, at Kirkcaldy Old Parish Church, Kirk Wynd, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1EH on Saturday 5th November.
Thanks to Doug Rocks-MacQueen for filming some of our speakers.
Peter Klemen – The Kilrenny, Anstruther and Cellardyke Burgh Survey
Bruce Manson – The Construction and Reconstruction of St Drostan’s Kirk Markinch
Alastair Rees – Feast and Famine: Excavations and monitoring between Guardbridge and St Andrews
David Sneddon – Early Historic Turf Longhouses at Lair, Glenshee
David Strachan – Six hillforts on the Tay: from source to sea
Dene Wright – SERF 2016: Excavations at Millhaugh
We held our annual conference at North Inch Community Campus, Gowans Terrace, Perth, PH1 5BF on Saturday, 7th November 2015.
Our keynote speaker was Richard Bradley – The use and reuse of stone circles: new fieldwork at five Scottish site (kindly sponsored by Murray Archaeological Services Ltd)
Other speakers included
Moira Greig – The Mason’s Mark Project Derek Hall – Back to Tullilum – excavations at Perth Whitefriars 2014/15
Neil Hooper – Surveying Fortingall Kirkyard
David Munro & Oliver O’Grady – Living Lomonds Landscape: Year 2 Update
Sophie Nicol – The Hunt for the Hidden Fort –results of excavation at Moncreiffe Hillfort
Gordon Noble – Discovering the Northern Picts
Dene Wright – SERF: Excavations at Wellhill, Dunning 2014 and 2015. Early Neolithic settlement, agricultural practice and a Bronze Age barrow
HES – Historic Environment Scotland
The conference was filmed by Doug Rocks MacQueen and can be accessed here:
On 1st November 2014 our conference was held in Dundee, at the University of Abertay, Bell Street.
Our keynote speaker was Alison Sheridan, Principal Curator of the Early Prehistory section of the Scottish History and Archaeology Department at NMS. Alison spoke on the Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Bronze Age in ‘Tayside and Fife, 4000 – 1500 BC: what we know and what we need to find out’.
Alison’s talk was sponsored by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Regional Fund and was this year’s prestigious Buchan Lecture.
Our other speakers were Ally Becket on Pittentian, Derek Hall on Dundee Sugar House, Christina Donald on adding a new dimension to Dundee’s carved stones, Melanie Johnson on excavations at Crieff, Alan Miller on digital reconstruction and community engagement, Oliver O’Grady on Royal Scone and discovering the ancient Lomonds, Edwina Proudfoot on Scottish Churches Heritage Research, Jo Hambly on imaging work at Wemyss Caves and Jeff Sanders on Dig It! 2015.
Several of our 2014 speakers were filmed by Doug Rocks-MacQueen and their talks can be viewed here:
In 2013 our conference took place on Saturday 2nd November, at The Rothes Halls, Glenrothes. The speakers were:
Keynote Speaker – Birgitta Hoffman The Gask Ridge and Strathmore: new research on a Flavian frontier system
Trevor Cowie (National Museums Scotland) At the water’s edge?: reflections on finds of Bronze Age metalwork from Kinnesswood, Kinross
Derek Hall Interrupting an ancient peace: excavations at Kilmagadwood, Perth and Kinross
Mark Hall (Perth Museum & Art Gallery) Killing Kings: James I and Richard III, two murdered monarchs and their afterlives in Medieval Scotlandand England and beyond
David Munro (Kinross Museum) Eye to the Hills: The Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership
David Strachan (Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust) Excavations at the Black Spout, Pitlochry, and the Iron Age monumental Roundhouses of North West Perthshire
Simon Taylor (University of Glasgow) Archaeology in The Place-Names of Fife
Peter Klemen (Rathmell Archaeology) Dig Dunfermline
A Special Conference held in Perth Museum and Art Gallery in March 2002 explored the links, both town and country and international, involved in the origins, maintenance and development of the medieval burgh. The principal focus was Perth but evidence from other towns was included. Similarly although the focus was on the archaeological evidence, other evidence was included as appropriate. Time did not permit the inclusion of a paper on the Pictish background to the origin of Perth but a short paper on this subject is included in these published papers. The final programme was as follows: –
Rising from the Waves (David Bowler, SUAT Ltd)
Scandinavian Influence? I: Archaeological Background (Colleen Batey, Glasgow Museums)
Scandinavian Influence II: Historical Background (Barbara Crawford, St Andrews University)
Wood use in the Medieval Scottish Burgh (Anne Crone, AOC Ltd)
Burgh Mentalities: thought-worlds in medieval Perth (Mark Hall, Perth Museum & Art Gallery)
Gone to Pot? (Derek Hall, SUAT Ltd)
Flesche and fische eneuch: the role of animals in the medieval Scottish economy (Catherine Smith, SUAT Ltd)
Aberdeen and its Hinterland (Christopher Croly, Aberdeen Archaeology Unit)
Managing the resource: Urban Archaeological Databases (Dave Strachan, Perth & Kinross Council and Heritage Trust and Russell Coleman, Headland Archaeology)