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Gain a rapid overview of Scotland’s early medieval carved stones and key new approaches and findings at this masterclass. See some of Historic Environment Scotland’s 3D models and reflect on the value of digital technologies.
Scotland’s early medieval carved stones are some of the nation’s most important cultural assemblages. They offer unique insights into the people who created them: the Britons, Picts, Gaels of Dal Riata, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.
The ways in which these monuments are understood and valued has changed enormously in recent years. We have new ways of thinking about the value of our heritage more generally, new questions that we want to ask, new ways of seeking answers to these questions, and a continuing influx of new discoveries that invite us to think anew.
Contemporary approaches involve thinking about landscape, biography and materiality, as well as more traditional disciplinary approaches. We think about their social value as well as their evidential, historic and aesthetic qualities. There has also been a revolution in ways of recording carved stones, not least through digital technologies.
Launching My Life as a Replica: St John's Cross, Iona
There will be a wine reception following the talk to launch "My Life as a Replica: St John’s Cross, Iona" written by Sally Foster and Professor Siân Jones. Copies of the book, sponsored by Historic Environment Scotland, will be available to buy at a 20% discount (cash or cheque only).
About the speaker
Dr Sally Foster is Senior Lecturer in Heritage and Conservation at the University of Stirling. She is author of many books and articles relating to Scotland’s carved stones, including the bestseller Picts, Gaels and Scots. She is Chair of the National Committee on Carved Stones in Scotland and was Principal Investigator for the Future Thinking on Carved Stones in Scotland project.