January 2018 Meeting

Thursday 18th January

“Pictish Settlement, East Lomond Hill”                            Oliver O’Grady and Joe Fitzpatrick

Anyone who watched “Digging for Britain” will have seen a little of this archaeological dig  in the 6th December episode. We are delighted to have the leaders of the project visit us for our first meeting of 2018, where we will see and hear much more detail about this little understood period, and at a very nearby location. If you missed the programme, it is worth trying to catch it on the BBC iplayer.

Oliver is an archaeologist who specialises in landscape research and community heritage projects. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, holds a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Glasgow. He has worked for the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust, and has directed archaeological excavations at Iron Age and medieval sites throughout Scotland, most notably in 2008-09 at Scone Palace, the Scottish royal coronation site.

Joe is a Director and Trustee of the Falkland Stewardship Trust which is responsible for many aspects of the Falkland Estate. Since his retirement as a Head of Service in Education and then Communities Services with Fife Council, he devotes much of his time to history, archaeology and community involvement. He is the Project Director for the Trust’s ‘Connecting Communities to their Ancient Landscape’ project, which commissioned the 2017 excavations on East Lomond. Joe lives in Fife and is married with two grown up sons.