Last month, Richard and I headed north to pay a visit to the city of Edinburgh. Our mission was two-fold: to introduce the project to the Archaeology Department at the University, and to meet with senior Heritage Managers who could steer us towards potentially valuable people and projects for the ethnographic part of our research in Scotland.

Figure 1. Reconstruction of Iron Age Edinburgh. Source: Pinterest.

Figure 1. Reconstruction of Iron Age Edinburgh. Source: Pinterest.

After a brief foray to the famous Elephant House cafe in search of tea and inspiration (J.K. wasn’t there that day) we headed to the National Museum of Scotland to meet with Fraser Hunter, the principal curator of Iron Age and Roman collections.

We then did a rapid dash around the museum (definitely need to go back!) but had to move on to the offices of Historic Environment Scotland for our second appointment, with Becky Jones, Head of Archaeology and World Heritage. Both Fraser and Becky (‘Dr Jones’!) were extremely helpful and I am currently working my way through the long list of suggestions of names and projects they provided. I’m particularly looking forward to the ‘Picts vs Scots’ and the ‘Roman Bake-Off’ events (18th April) planned as part of DIG IT 2017! The Beltane Fire Festival (30 April) also looks pretty spectacular! Maybe you are going to one of these events and would like to report back on your experiences

Our final destination was the University where we met with Manuel Fernández-Götz who had invited Richard to give a seminar. Richard outlined some of the project themes and contexts, and our dual methodology combining digital analysis and crowd sourcing with qualitative ethnography. The project was generally well-received, generating some discussion, and a few more possible projects and contacts were added to my growing list – a very positive start to our explorations north of the border.