I’ve recently been off the island again attending the European Association of Archaeologists Conference 2015 in Glasgow. The conference brought together around two thousand archaeologists from all around the world to discuss varied topics from scientific dating techniques for ancient pottery to the archaeological consideration of graffitti in contemporary cities. As part of the conference, a trip to St Kilda was offered.
Nine delegates were accompanied by myself, the trust’s head archaeologist, and Jim, a thistle camp leader and long-time volunteer. The delegates came from many countries such as Italy, Germany, Israel, and Sweden to see Britain’s only World Heritage Site. The delegates were amazingly lucky with the weather, coming out on a near-flat calm day, the only day that week that a crossing was possible due to the weather. In bright sunshine the delegates were given a tour and a few hours to explore. The following day, they were led on a tour of the archaeology of the western isles which included Calanish, Dun Carloway, and the Arnol blackhouses.
A big thanks to all the delegates who came along, see you in Vilnius next year!
Accompanying the delegates were four archaeology students for the universities of Glasgow and Aberdeen, but more about them later…
Àrsair Hiort/ St Kilda Archaeologist