High Pasture Cave - Seminar: 16th June 2007

Posted by steven on 10/06/2007 at 07:39 PM

The following news contains the programme for the seminar to be held at Sabhal Mor Ostaig (Gaelic College) on Saturday 16th June 2007. Read on for more details.....

The seminar ‘Underworld: The use and function of underground places during the Atlantic Scottish Iron Age’, which is being held at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Sleat, Skye, on Saturday 16th June 2007, is now fast approaching. Have you registered your interest for the event and booked your seat, access to which will be free?

The seminar will comprise a series of short talks from specialists working in a variety of fields relating to archaeological research, especially with regards to underground structures such as natural caves and souterrains that were used throughout the Atlantic Scottish Iron Age. Guest speakers at the event will include Jane Downes and Nick Card, co-directors of the Mine Howe & Environs Project, Orkney; Fraser Hunter from the National Museums of Scotland; Roger Miket, former Museum’s Officer for Skye & Lochalsh; Martin Carruthers (UHI), who will be talking about underground structures in Orkney; Janet Montgomery (University of Bradford), Jane Evans (Isotope Geosciences Laboratory) and Amanda Jay (University of Durham), who will be talking about isotope studies in humans and animals in the Hebrides; Laura Sinfield (University of Edinburgh), who will present details about the human remains recovered from High Pasture Cave, Skye; Carrie Drew (University of Durham), who will be talking about the mammal bones recovered from High Pasture Cave; and Steven Birch (High Pasture Cave & Environs Project), who will be presenting the latest details regarding the excavations at this site in Skye. Finally, the sessions for the seminar will be chaired by Rod McCullagh (Historic Scotland) and Anna Ritchie.

A detailed provisional timetable for the event is included below:


SEMINAR – 16TH June 2007.

Underworld: The use and function of underground places during the Atlantic Scottish Iron Age

Provisional Timetable

Morning Session:  Chair – Rod McCullagh (Historic Scotland)

0930 Introduction
Rod McCullagh (Historic Scotland)

0940 Subterranean Skye before the discovery of High Pasture Cave
Roger Miket (Gefryn Trust)

1010 17 Steps into the Underworld: Excavations at High Pasture Cave, Skye
Steven Birch (High Pasture Cave & Environs Project)

1040 Refuse or Ritual? The mammal bones from High Pasture Cave, Skye
Carrie Drew (University of Durham)

1110 Morning Tea & Coffee

1130 The mystery of Mine Howe: an underground structure in Orkney
Nick Card & Jane Downes (UHI Orkney)

1210 Finds from the Underworld: the High Pasture Cave finds in context
Fraser Hunter (National Museums of Scotland)

1245 Lunch

Afternoon Session:  Chair – Anna Ritchie

1400 The Human Remains at High Pasture Cave
Laura Sinfield (University of Edinburgh)

1430 Travellers of the North Atlantic seas: isotope evidence for the cosmopolitan
of the Hebrides
Janet Montgomery (University of Bradford)
Jane Evans (Isotope Geosciences Laboratory)
Mandy Jay (University of Durham)

1510 Afternoon Tea & Coffee

1530 Underneath it All? The Subterranean Structures of Iron Age Orkney in Context
Martin Carruthers (UHI Orkney)

1610 Discussion
Chair – Anna Ritchie

1700 Close

We look forward to seeing you in Sleat, Skye on the 16th June.

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Posted by on 18/06/2007 at 08:21 PM

Hi Steven and Martin,
Just wanted to thank you for such an interesting and stimulating day! Well worth the trip over.
Lynn Fraser

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