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About SAF

The Scottish Archaeological Forum (SAF) was set up in 1969 in order to provide ”an opportunity to hear, discuss and assess some of the important new discoveries and reinterpretations of material, either published or unpublished as yet, by all those working in the archaeological discipline in Scotland”.

Scottish Archaeological Forum is run by a committee of archaeologists and its prime function is to organise conferences and workshops which further the study of archaeology in Scotland. The Committee usually convenes four times a year with the more detailed work of conference organisation being delegated to sub-committees. 

A large number of conferences have been organised over the years and the proceedings of many were made available as published volumes, either as one of the SAF's own volumes or by a commercial publisher. Recent conferences in the last five years have included subjects as diverse as Nationalism and Archaeology, Medieval or Later Rural Settlement and Industrial Archaeology.

Upcoming Events


The Experience of Technology An interdisciplinary two-day conference at the University of Glasgow 22 - 23 October 2011.

This conference seeks to explore how technology, as a sensuous embodiment, interfaces with the auditory, haptic and olfactory experiences, which may incorporate aspects of phenomenology, behaviour, practice and agency, identity, materiality, deterritorialisation, landscape studies and other concepts .... read more»

Recent Publications


Scottish Odysseys

This multi-authored work is the result of a conference held by the Scottish Archaeological Forum in October 2005 to discuss and assess new discoveries and reinterpretations of material relating to the island archaeology of Western Europe, especially the Scottish islands. Out now at all good bookshops, published by Tempus. View all Publications»