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*Cancelled* November 12th

Viking Scotland: Results, Opportunities and Ways Forward

Shetland Museum and Archives, Lerwick, 7pm

*We apologise but this event has been cancelled for reasons beyond our control, no reschedule date has yet been set*

 

In association with the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and the Shetland Museum and Archives, we present a lecture by Dr Colleen Batey FSA Scot (Centre for Northern Studies, University of Highlands and Islands). Twenty years since the seminal volume Vikings in Scotland: an archaeological survey was published by Edinburgh University Press (EUP) under the authorship of James Graham-Campbell and Colleen Batey. This period has brought many changes to our understanding of the Scandinavian presence in Scotland, some through the results of targeted research agendas, others through chance finds during field survey and metal detecting. The published integration of all aspect of archaeological endeavour – both on and off-site, has provided a unique opportunity to re-assess the impact of this period which spanned essentially 600 years. This is a free event, more information here.

Local Events

Terminology

Fealy Dyke

Also known as a feely or feelie dyke from the Shetland word feal (turf), it is an earthen wall designed to separate the crofts from the common grazing areas. They are found extensively throughout Shetland.

But did you know that Fealy is also a surname, though only 1,110 people in the world share it? The most famous may have been Maude Fealy.

A bit of Archaeology Shetland fun!

Mainland Events

December 12th

‘Sick Picts’: Healthcare & Disease at the May Island Monastery

Waggonway Museum, Cockenzie, EH32 0HX @ 7pm

The Isle of May is a small island at the mouth of the Firth of Forth, with a 1000-year long history of ecclesiastical use. Excavations have revealed that the monastic settlement and burials on the island lasted from the 4th to 16th centuries. Important new research on the excavated human remains has now yielded fascinating insights into the lives and deaths of a few individuals during the early medieval period.  This has emphasised the significance of the religious establishment here as a place of pilgrimage and healing, providing rare glimpses of severe medical conditions as suffered by these people. Join eminent archaeologist Peter Yeoman for the second lecture of the Waggonway Museum's Winter Archaeology Series. There is a fee for this event, for more information visit here.

Just for Laughs

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