Research Development Panel 2: Agenda etc


Research Development Panel 2:

Standards for archaeological exploration at medieval royal centres

and the design of future projects


Date: 10 July 2014 Time: 9.30 AM to 5.00 PM

Location: Room A7, Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK


Panel Chairs: Oliver O’Grady & Richard Oram

Attendees: David Caldwell, Adrian Cox, Øystein Ekroll, Patrick Gleeson, Richard Millar,David Rollason

Skype Link: Alexandra Sanmark, Jon Vidar Sigurdsson


9.30 am – 10.00 am Registration
10.00 am – 10.15 am Welcome and introductions

Chair: Professor Richard Oram, University of Stirling

10.15 am – 12.15 pm


1: What are the key physical characteristics of medieval royal centres across Europe and what is the extent of archaeological exploration to date in different areas?

Welcome via Skype Alex Sanmark, UHI Orkney (10.30 am)

12.15 pm – 1.00 pm Working lunch
1.00 am – 2.30 pm 2: What are the main priorities for future archaeology exploration at royal centres?

Welcome via Skype Jón Viðar Sigurðsson, University of Solo (2.00 pm)

2.30 pm – 2.45 pm Break for refreshments
2.45 pm – 3.45 pm 3: What special implications are there for investigative methodologies at royal centres and how might the interplay of interdisciplinary studies affect these?
3.45 pm – 4.45 pm 4: What should be the form and content of new standards and guidance for investigating royal centres and how should these be implemented?
4.45 pm – 5.00 pm Action Points and Closing Remarks





Panel Guidance Notes: Research Development Panel 2


The Royal Scone RSE Network

For six centuries, Scone was the symbolic epicentre of the processes whereby the Scottish state was formed. It was there that Scotland’s kings were inaugurated and the political community gathered to legislate and to advise their monarch. The Royal Scone RSE Network aims to consolidate a collaborative network which links Scottish scholars researching aspects of Scone’s archaeology, architectural history, legal and political history, and colleagues internationally working on royal inauguration and assembly places across northern Europe, together with invited heritage-management professionals.  Their collective objective is to set Scone into its European context, to raise international awareness of its cultural and historic significance, to heighten public understanding of Scone’s symbolic importance at the foundation of the Scottish realm, and to provide a vision for the future safeguarding and sensitive development of both Scone and its European comparators as precious items of world heritage. A core objective of the Network is production of a research development plan to be developed through a series of five panel meetings of academic researchers, archaeologists and heritage sector professionals tasked with exploring key themes.


Proposed Aims and Outcomes:

Research Development Panel 2 Standards for archaeological exploration at medieval royal centres and the design of future projectsaims to inform the production of a Research and Heritage Development Plan for Royal Scone and European Medieval Royal Centres, which will form a key output of the network. The panel aims to encourage stimulating and open debate about contemporary research strategies affecting the current understanding, conservation and future management of historic royal centres. The panel also seeks to reflect on the archaeological historiography of royal centre research and how this has influenced or created imbalance in our understandings and research priorities, with a view to seeking new, integrated and internationalized agendas for investigative research and the production of implementable standards and guidance that can provide a basis for future work.

Panel structure

The panel has been devised to follow a clear agenda structured around a series of core questions; these are intended to provide a formal starting point and stimulus for focused debate. Each set panel question will be chaired to guide the discursive process and attempt to formalize agreement on conclusions at the close of each segment.



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