Issue: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Newsletter

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Title: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Newsletter
Year of Publication: 2013
Volume: 25
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Alan Saville
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The significance of the anniversaries of the battles of Flodden and Bannockburn is considered and the writer cautions against the hijacking of history for inappropriate uses. It is suggested that the 600th anniversary of the foundation of St Andrew's University has more contemporary relevance. The fact that there are currently no Fellows on the board of trustees of the NMS is highlighted. Mention is also made of the forthcoming merger of the Royal Commission and Historic Scotland, and the opening of the newly renovated Abbotsford House where Sir Walter Scott lived for a time.
The Society responded to seven public consultations over June and July. These included the designation of historic wrecks under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010, the Scottish Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, Scottish Planning Policy and the merger between RCAHMS and Historic Scotland.
Torben Bjarke Ballin
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The project is producing a catalogue of all the archaeological pitchstone in Scottish Museums with the aim of shedding light on territorial structures in prehistoric Scotland and the period's exchange networks. Preliminary results include the emergence of a tripartite division in terms of the general distribution of worked pitchstone.
Peter A Yeoman
A brief account of a project run by Historic Scotland to enhance the visitor experience of Iona. This includes new permanent exhibitions, improved interpretation and visitor facilities. A key concept is that the monks consciously set out to replicate their idea of the Holy Places of Jerusalem on the island.
Torben Bjarke Ballin
The SAPP was created to examine, characterize and discuss the increasing number of finds of archaeological pitchstone in Scotland, with a focus on the territorial structure and exchange network of Neolithic Scotland. There are now approximately 20,300 pieces from 350 sites.
D McHugh
An outline of new developments at Abbot House Heritage Centre, Café, Garden and Brew House in Dunfermline. While the built core of the surviving building is mid 15th century, activity dates back to at least 1100 AD with iron works, a residential space and a temporary extension of the adjacent abbey cemetery.