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.

2019 Conference: Recent Archaeological Work in Tayside and Fife

Our 2019 conference was held at the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, on Saturday, 2nd November 2019.

The speakers were filmed by Doug Rocks MacQueen who has shared his videos with us.

Steve Cox  Excavation at 100 North Street, St Andrews

Orsoyla Czere  Reconstructing urban dietscapes in medieval Scotland

Joe Fitzpatrick  There’s more to this than meets the eye –

the 2019 excavation strategy on East Lomond

Jane Geddes and John Borland  New work on the early medieval sculpture at St Andrews Cathedral

Derek Hall Carmelite Friary, Perth: ongoing research

Gavin Lindsay The Perth & Kinross Archaeological Research Framework: an update

Daniel Rhodes – When all said and Dun, X marks the spot. Excavations at the Castle/House of Dun, Angus

Alex Southeran – Band of Brothers at Barry Buddon: Recent Operation Nightingale excavations on the MoD ranges

SWACS – Wemyss Caves 2019: digging deeper


Stuart Wilson – Results of the A9 dualling archaeological works from Luncarty to the Pass of Birnam

Anouk Busset  The early Christian landscape of Glen Lyon. Investigating early medieval sites of devotion in Highland Perthshire (not available as a video)


2018 Conference  was held at St Matthew’s Church, Tay Street, Perth on Saturday 3 November

Speakers were filmed by Doug Rocks MacQueen

Steven Black  Cailleach and Bodach stones in rural Perthshire


Derek Hall  Many coloured habits – rediscovering the friaries of medieval Scotland

Fraser Hunter  Silver jigsaws: making sense of the Roman hoard from Dairsie, Fife


Angela Johnston The Development of a Heritage App for Elie, Fife


John Johnston  Recent Casual and Interesting finds from Angus and District within ANGUSalive Museums


Gavin Lindsay  Introducing the Perth and Kinross Archaeological Research Framework


Cathy MacIver  Kings Seat: Initial results from survey and excavation in 2017-2018

Loch Tay YAC and friends Community archaeology for kids

Mark Hall  Taking a line for a walker: an initial look at the recently discovered figurative Pictish stone from Tulloch, Perth

Michael Stratigos Living on Water: Island Dwelling on Loch Tay 800-400 BC


David Strachan Early Medieval settlement in upland Perthshire: Excavations at Lair, Glenshee 2012-17


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 filmed by Doug Rocks MacQueen. Follow the links to Doug’s videos:

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 GeddesThe 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 CarmichaelOur 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


2016 Conference

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.

Alison Sheridan with Aida Romera and Nathan Welch Kilmagadwood Early Bronze Age Cemetery


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

….and finally
Derek Hall Tales from Tullilum. Continuing excavations at Whitefriars, Perth


2015 Conference

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 BradleyThe use and reuse of stone circles: new fieldwork at five Scottish site (kindly sponsored by Murray Archaeological Services Ltd)

Other speakers included

Moira GreigThe Mason’s Mark Project Derek HallBack to Tullilum – excavations at Perth Whitefriars 2014/15

Neil HooperSurveying Fortingall Kirkyard

David Munro & Oliver O’GradyLiving Lomonds Landscape: Year 2 Update

Sophie NicolThe Hunt for the Hidden Fort –results of excavation at Moncreiffe Hillfort

Gordon NobleDiscovering the Northern Picts

Dene WrightSERF: Excavations at Wellhill, Dunning 2014 and 2015. Early Neolithic settlement, agricultural practice and a Bronze Age barrow

HESHistoric Environment Scotland

The conference was filmed by Doug Rocks MacQueen and can be accessed here:


2014 Conference

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:

2013 Conference

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)