Mark A Hall

Supervisor: Professor Dawn Hadley

Email: MAHall1@sheffield.ac.uk

PhD title

Play, Performance and Representation: Entangled Biographies of Medieval Material Culture (PhD by Publication)

PhD abstract

The aim of this PhD is to bring together the results of a series of published research papers on elements of the medieval material culture of Scotland in a European context. The key concentration of evidence comes from the medieval burgh of Perth, excavation assemblages and stray finds from which are a pivotal element of the archaeological collections of Perth Museum & Art Gallery. Papers exploring significant objects or assemblages of objects are thematically broadened into wider Scottish and European contexts. There are diverse chronological definitions of the medieval and I follow the broadest of these, spanning Late Antiquity to the late sixteenth century (echoing for example that followed by the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (http://www.scottishheritagehub.com/content/medieval), the medieval panel of which I co-chaired. The medieval material culture considered encompasses three groups: a) recovered in the archaeological record; b) re-evaluated from museum collections; and c) represented in contemporary media, particularly film. Across these foci I sometimes step outside the boundaries of the medieval (and obviously in considering modern media representations substantially so) in pursuit of understanding underlying mentalities of human behaviour such as play and belief. Its connecting theoretical framework has the key strands of performance (especially play and ritual, sometimes dramatic), entanglement, cultural biography/citation and medievalisms.

Biography & research interests

Biography & research interests

My research interests encompass various aspects of medieval material culture including:

  • Pictish and early medieval sculpture
  • the cult of saints
  • play, especially board games
  • cultural biography and reuse/appropriation
  • movie depictions of archaeology and the medieval past

Other Professional Activities

Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Member of the Society of Antiquaries of London
Member of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Member of the Finds Research Group
Member of the Society for Medieval Archaeology
Member of Society for Museum Archaeology
Member of European Association of Archaeologists

Honorary Research Fellowships

University of Glasgow, Dept. of Archaeology (appointed 2006, renewed 2015)
University of Sheffield, Dept. of Archaeology (appointed 2012, renewed 2015)
University of the Highlands and Islands (appointed 2008)

Qualifications

Qualifications

1980-83: University of Sheffield: BA (Dual Honours) Ancient and Medieval History
1986-87: University of Leicester: Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies (Archaeology)
1992: Museums Association: Museums Diploma: AMA
2006: Chartered Institute for Archaeologists: MCIfA

Professional Experience

Professional Experience

I have a deep experience of working in museums, particularly in the curation of archaeological collections. Since 1995 I have been based at Perth Museum & Art Gallery, where the archaeology collections notably include the medieval excavation assemblages from Perth. I was instrumental in the archaeology and other history collections being awarded Recognition status under the national Recognition Scheme for Scotland’s museums. I am a member of several professional and archaeological bodies including the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, the Society of Antiquaries and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, the Museums Association and the European Association of Archaeologists. I am a long-term supporter of Perthshire’s local archaeology through the Tayside & Fife Archaeological Committee and has served on several national working groups dealing with issues around Treasure Trove and human remains in museums for example and is currently a member of the Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee, charged with helping Historic Environment Scotland to develop and implement an archaeology strategy for Scotland.

Currently I am on secondment in the Western Isles, as the project officer for the Udal Project and with a view to seeing through to publication the reports on the so-called ‘RUX6’ sites of the Udal complex; identifying the approach needed for the post excavation analysis and publication of the significantly more complicated Udal sites, the mounds known as North and South and developing and implementing a funding strategy for that approach and to refine and find funding solutions for the model that makes the archaeology of the Udal (in a Uists-wide context) accessible to both Island communities and Island visitors.

Publications

Publications list

A selection of my more recent publications include:

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles & Comment

  • (2016) ‘Board Games in Boat Burials: Play in the Performance of Migration and Viking Age Mortuary Practice’, European Journal of Archaeology
  • (2015) Peer Comment: ‘Capturing Biographical Trajectories of Early Medieval Sculpture, Eliseg in Context’, Internet Archaeology 39. http://dx.doi.org/10.11141/ia.39.3.com2
  • (2015) ‘‘Merely Players…’ Playtime, material culture and medieval childhood’, in Hadley, D M and Hemer, K A (eds) Medieval Childhood: archaeological approaches, Oxford: Oxbow (Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past Monograph 3), 39-56.
  • (2015) ‘The Meigle Stones: a biographical overview’, Journal of the Scottish Society for Northern Studies 46: 15-46
  • (2012) ‘Money isn’t everything: the cultural life of coins in the medieval European town of Perth, Scotland’, Journal of Social Archaeology 12.1: 72-91
  • (2012) ‘The Carpow Bronze Age logboat: excavation, conservation and display’, in The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 41.2: 390-97 [with D Strachan and T Skinner]
  • (2011) ‘Roman rules? The Introduction of Board-games to Britain and Ireland’, in Antiquity 85. 330: 1325-1338 [with K Forsyth,]
  • (2011) ‘A Middle Bronze Age dirk from the River Tay at Friarton, Perth’ in Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 17: 10-18 [With T Cowie, B O’ Connor and P Northover]
  • (2011) ‘From Holy Rood to Estate Folly: Chapters in the Cultural Biography of the Goodlyburn Cross, Perthshire, Scotland’, Review of Scottish Culture 23: 1-19 [With I Fraser and I G Scott]
  • (2011) ‘The Cult of Saints in Medieval Perth: Everyday Ritual and the Materiality of Belief’, in Journal of Material Culture 16 (1): 80-104
  • (2011) ‘The Futurama of Archaeology…’ European Journal of Archaeology 14 (1-2): 274-76
  • (2009) ‘The Lewis hoard of gaming pieces: a re-examination of their context, meanings, discovery and manufacture’, Medieval Archaeology 53: 155-203 [with D Caldwell & C Wilkinson]
  • (2009) ‘A pair of merels boards on a stone block from Church Hole Cave, Creswell Crags, Nottinghamshire, England’, The Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire 112: 135-42 [with P Pettitt]
  • (2007) ‘The Early Medieval Origin of Perth, Scotland’, Radiocarbon 49.2: 639-44 [with D W Hall, G T Cook, G K P Muir, D Hamilton & E M Scott]
  • (2007) ‘Gaming Piece’, in Cox, A et al. (eds) ‘Excavations at Horse Cross, Perth’, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 13: 112-206, at 177-78
  • (2006) ‘An Early Anglo-Saxon Harness Mount from South Leckaway, Forfar, Scotland’, Medieval Archaeology 50: 249-59 [with T Dickinson and C Fern]
  • (2006) ‘What’s Cooking?: New Radiocarbon Dates from the Earliest Phases of the Perth High Street Excavations and the Question of Perth’s Early Medieval Origin’, Proc Soc Antiq Scot 135: 273-85 [with D Hall and G Cook]
  • (2005) ‘Of Holy Men and Heroes: The Cult of Saints in Medieval Perthshire’, Innes Review 56.1: 60-87
  • (2005) ‘The Whitby Merels Board’, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 77: 25-9
  • (2005) ‘Romancing the Stones: Archaeology in Popular Cinema’, European Journal of Archaeology 7(2): 159-76
  • (2005) ‘The Early Medieval Sculptures from Murthly, Perthshire: An Interdisciplinary Look at People, Politics and Monumental Art’, in Foster, S & Cross, M (eds) Able Minds and Practised Hands Scotland’s Early Medieval Sculpture in the 21st Century, Leeds: Maney (Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph 23), 293-314 [with I Henderson and I G Scott]
  • (2005) ‘A Renaissance Carved Figurative Wooden Panel from Bridgend, Perth, Scotland’, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 11: 75-81
  • (2005) ‘John of Strathearn and Robert Muschamp: two men of Strathearn and their seal matrices’, in Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 11: 81-88
  • (2002-03) ‘Some Perthshire Fairs and Markets AD 700-1900’, Review of Scottish Culture 16: 44-57
  • (2004) ‘Vitrified rocks from Dun Knock Hillfort, Dunning, Perthshire’, in Tayside & Fife Archaeol. J. 10: 65-72 [with C H Donaldson and S Allison]
  • (2002) ‘A Probable Scottish Hoard of the Late Sixteenth Century’, in British Numismatics Journal 72: 176-80 [with N M McQ Holmes]
  • (2002) ‘Inchyra, Perthshire’, in R Abdy, I Leins and J Williams (eds) Coin Hoards from Roman Britain Vol. XI: 119-21 (Royal Numismatic Society Special Publication No 36) (with D Bateson)
  • (2001) ‘An ivory knife handle from the High Street, Perth, Scotland: consuming ritual in a medieval burgh’, Medieval Archaeology XLV: 169-88
  • (2001) ‘Late Bronze Age metalwork from Scottish rivers: a rediscovered sword from the river Forth near Cambus, Clackmannanshire, in its wider context’, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 7: 1-15 (with T Cowie)
  • (2001) ‘A double-sided Hnefatafl board from Cathedral Hill, Downpatrick: Time consumed in an early medieval monastic enclosure’, Lecale Miscellany – Journal of the Lecale Historical Society 19: 31-6. Also available on-line on the Down Museum website at: www.downcountymuseum.com and follow links through Collections and Research and Publications.
  • (2001) ‘A possible merels board incised on the pre-conquest cross-base at Addingham St Michael’s Church, Cumbria’, Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society 1 (New Series): 45-51
  • (2001 for 1999) ‘A bone die from Whichford Castle, Warwickshire,’ Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society Transactions 102: 84-7
  • (2000) ‘A group of late medieval carved wooden panels in Perth Museum & Art Gallery – their provenance and date’, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 6: 189-99 (with A Crone and R Fawcett)
  • (2000) ‘Of makings and meanings: towards a cultural biography of the Crieff Burgh Cross, Strathearn Perthshire’, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 6: 154-88 (with K Forsyth, I Henderson, I Scott, R Trench-Jellicoe and A Watson)
  • (1998) ‘A Tristram and Iseult Mirror Case from Perth: reflections on the production and consumption of romance culture’, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 4: 150-65 (with D D R Owen)
  • (1998) ‘A probable gaming board from Ormiston, Newburgh, Fife’, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 4: 145-9
  • (1998) ‘A sculptured fragment from Pittensorn Farm, Gellyburn, Perthshire’, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 4: 129-44 (with I Henderson and S Taylor)
  • (1996) ‘A Decorated Antler Disc from Scopwick, Lincolnshire’, The Antiquaries Journal 76: 234-7 (with Kevin Leahy)
  • (1996) ‘A Renaissance Intaglio from Wakefield, West Yorkshire’, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 68: 245-7 (with Martin Henig)
  • (1996) ‘The Late Bronze Age Hoard from Corrymuckloch, near Amulree, Perthshire: an interim report’, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 2: 60-9 (with T Cowie, B O’ Connor and R Tipping)
  • (1993) ‘Community Education: the Evening Class Experience’, in Journal of Education in Museums 14: 1-2 (with Don Henson)

Peer-reviewed Book Chapters and Books

  • (2016) “Pennies from Heaven”: Money in Ritual in Medieval Europe, in Haselgrove, C., and Krmnicek, S. (eds) The Archaeology of Money, Proceedings of the Workshop ‘Archaeology of Money’, University of Tubingen October 2013, Leicester: University of Leicester (Leicester Archaeology Monograph 24), 137-59
  • (2015) ‘Jeux sans Frontières: Play and Performativity or Questions of Identity and Social Interaction Across Town and Country’ in Jervis, B, Broderick, L and Grau-Sologestoa, I (eds) Objects, Environment and Everyday Life in Medieval Europe, Turnhout: Brepols (Studies in the History of Daily Life 800-1600), 189-214
  • (2015) ‘Lifeways in stone: memories and matter-reality in early medieval sculpture from Scotland’, in Williams, H, Gondek, M and Kirton, J (eds) Early Medieval Stone Monuments Materiality, Biography, Landscape, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 182-215
  • (2014) The Lewis Chessmen: New Perspectives, Edinburgh: NMS Publishing/SAS (with D Caldwell (eds))
  • (2014) ‘”To you he left … his brown ivory chessmen”: cultural value in the Lewis hoard of gaming pieces’, in Caldwell, D and Hall, M A (eds) The Lewis Chessmen: New Perspectives, Edinburgh: NMS Publishing/SAS, 221-42
  • (2014) ‘Board of the Kings: The Material Culture of Playtime in Scotland AD 1-1600’, in Teichert, M (ed.) Sport und Spiel bei den Germanen, Nordeuropa von der römischen Kaiserzeit bis zum Mittelalter, Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter (Ergänzungsbände zum Reallexikon der germanischen Altertumskunde Band 88), 163-196
  • (2013) ‘The Quick and the Deid: A Scottish Perspective on Caring for Human Remains at Perth Museum and Art Gallery’, in Giesen, M (ed.) Curating Human Remains Caring for the Dead in the United Kingdom, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 75-86
  • (2013) ‘Tethering Time and Tide? Human Remains Guidance and Legislation for Scottish Museums’, in Giesen, M (ed.) Curating Human Remains Caring for the Dead in the United Kingdom, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 65-74 (with J Sharp)
  • (2012) ‘L’archéologie ou la tentation de l’aventure’ (‘Archaeology or The Temptation to Adventure’), in Sauvage, C (ed.) S’ilence On Fouille! L’archéologie entre science et fiction, ARCHÉA Archéologie en Pays de France, 64-81
  • (2012) ‘Devotion and Belief on the Perth High Street’, in various authors Perth High Street Archaeological Excavation 1975-77 Fascicule 2 Ceramics, metalwork, religious and wooden objects’, Perth: Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee, 203-220 (with Brian Spencer)
  • (2012) ‘Dress rings, lead mounts and a pewter token’, in Perth High Street Archaeological Excavation 1975-77 Fascicule 2 Ceramics, metalwork, religious and wooden objects, Perth: Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee, 199-202 (with J Cherry and D Bateson)
  • (2012) ‘The coins and tokens’, in Perth High Street Archaeological Excavation 1975-77 Fascicule 2 Ceramics, metalwork, religious and wooden objects, Perth: Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee, 119-122 (with V Smart)
  • (2012) ‘Three stones, one landscape and many stories: cultural biography of the early medieval sculptures of Inchyra and St Madoes, Carse of Gowrie, Perthshire, Scotland’, in Dudley, S, Barnes, A J, Binnie, J, Petrov J and Walklate, J (eds) Narrating Objects, Collecting Stories Routledge, (volume 2 Material Worlds Conference Proceedings and Festschrift in Honour of Prof Susan Pearce), 85-102
  • (2011) ‘The Worked Bone’, in Bogdan, N Q and Smith, C et al. Perth High Street Archaeological Excavation 1975-77 Fascicule 4 Living and working in a medieval Scottish burgh, Environmental remains and miscellaneous finds, Perth: Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee, 97-17, at 102-3, 111 & illus 52 (contribution to A MacGregor)
  • (2011) ‘The stone objects’, in Bogdan, N Q and Smith, C et al. Perth High Street Archaeological Excavation 1975-77 Fascicule 4 Living and working in a medieval Scottish burgh, Environmental remains and miscellaneous finds, Perth: Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee, 127-38 (with C Smith and J Lawson Brown)
  • (2011) ‘Playtime: The Material Culture of Gaming in Medieval Scotland’, in T Cowan and L Henderson (eds) A History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland 1000-1600, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (A History of Everyday Life in Scotland), 145-68
  • (2011) ‘Tales from Beyond the Pict: Sculpture and its Uses in and Around Forteviot, Perthshire from the 9th century Onwards’, in Driscoll, S, Geddes, J and Hall, M A (eds) Pictish Progress: new studies on North Britain in the Early Middle Ages, Leiden: Brill, 135-68
  • (2011) Pictish Progress: new studies on North Britain in the Early Middle Ages, Leiden: Brill.
  • (2011) ‘Sideways: Face-play on the edge of some Scottish pot-querns or A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Abbey…’ in Hardwick, P (ed.) The Playful Middle Ages, Meanings of Play and Plays of Meaning: Essays in Memory of Elaine C. Block, Turnhout: Brepols, 93-123 (with S Driscoll and J Geddes)
  • (2010) ‘Wo/men Only? Marian Devotion in Medieval Perth’, in Boardman, S and Williamson, E (eds) The Cult of Saints and the Virgin Mary in Medieval Scotland, Woodbridge (Boydell), 105-24
  • (2010) ‘A New Look At The Late Bronze Age Metalwork From The Tay’, in Strachan, D (ed.) Carpow in Context: A Late Bronze Age Logboat from the River Tay, Edinburgh, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 149-60 (with T Cowie)
  • (2010) ‘Discovery, Excavation and Recovery’, in Strachan, D (ed.) Carpow in Context: A Late Bronze Age Logboat from the River Tay, Edinburgh, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 27-56 (with D Strachan and M Cressey)
  • (2010) The Lewis Chessmen Unmasked, Edinburgh (NMS Publishing) (with D Caldwell and C Wilkinson)
  • (2009) ‘Making the Past Present: Cinematic Narratives of the Middle Ages’, in R Gilchrist & A Reynolds (eds) Reflections: 50 Years of Medieval Archaeology, 1957-2007, Leeds: Maney (Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph 30), 489-512
  • (2007) ‘Liminality and Loss: the Material Culture of St Serf’s Priory, Loch Leven, Kinross-shire, Scotland’, in Ballin Smith, B, Taylor, S and Williams, G (eds) West Over Sea: Studies in Scandinavian Sea-Borne Expansion and Settlement Before 1300, A Festschrift in Honour of Dr. Barbara E Crawford, Leiden (Brill), 379-400
  • (2007) ‘Crossing the Pilgrimage Landscape: Some Thoughts on a Holy Rood Reliquary from the River Tay at Carpow, Perth & Kinross, Scotland’, in Blick, S (ed.) Beyond Pilgrim Souvenirs and Secular Badges Essays in Honour of Brian Spencer, Oxford: Oxbow, 75-91
  • (2007) Playtime in Pictland: The Material Culture of Gaming in Early Medieval Scotland, The Groam House Museum Academic Lecture for 2006, Rosemarkie
  • (2007) ‘Context and Meaning: Some New Discoveries of Early Medieval Metalwork from Perthshire, Scotland’, in Moss, R (ed.) Making and Meaning in Insular Art: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Insular Art, Dublin, August 2005, Dublin, 70-78
  • (2002) ‘A pair of denarii from Findo Gask, Strathearn, Perthshire’, in Woolliscroft, D J The Roman Frontier on the Gask Ridge, Perth and Kinross: an interim report on the Roman Gask Project 1995-2000, BAR British Series 335, Oxford: Archaeopress
  • (2002) The Collectors Voice Volume 3 – Imperial Voices, Aldershot: Ashgate (with S Pearce, R Flanders and F Morton (eds))
  • (2002) ‘Chapter IV Literary Voices’, in Pearce, S, Flanders, R, Hall, M and Morton, F (eds) The Collectors Voice Volume 3 – Imperial Voices, Aldershot: Ashgate, 173-279
  • (2001) ‘Gaming-Board Badges’, in van Beuningen, H J E, Koldeweij, A M and Kicken, D (eds) Heilig en Profaan 2 – 1200 Laatmiddeleeuwse Insignes uit openbare en particuliere collecties, Rotterdam papers 12 (Cothen), 173-78
  • (2000) ‘In the Popular Gaze: Museums in the Movies’, in Pearce, S Researching Material Culture, Leicester Archaeology Monographs 8/ Material Culture Research Group Occasional Papers 1, 87-115

Lectures

A selection of my more recent presentations includes:

  • “Is it safe?” Adventures in Retrospective Rationalisation, for CIfA Archaeological Archives Group Day Conference on Selection, De-selection and Rationalisation, 16 March 2016, Birmingham
  • Machair materiality: making sense of the legendary Udal, North Uist, Hebrides, for closing event of Atlas Arts Exploring Hebridean Archaeology programme, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre, Lochmaddy, North Uist, 7 Nov. 2015
  • Collecting as archaeology, collecting as art: the Museum of Innocence and other experiments, for Art, Craft and Archaeology Session 3 September 2015 at EAA Annual Meeting, University of Glasgow, 3-7 September 2015
  • “Wha’s Like Us” or Just the Same? Playing with Scottish and European Identity: ‘Inherited from the past yet moulded and shaped by the preoccupations and concerns of the present’, for MERC Roundtable Session 3 September 2015 EAA Annual Meeting, University of Glasgow, 3-7 September 2015
  • Co-chairing and paper: “Chance is the Fool’s name for Fate”: the Entangled Lives of Knucklebones and Dice, for ISBGS Colloquium, 14-19 April 2015, Musée Suisse du Jeu, Tour de Peilz, Switzerland
  • “Two shall sit at Tables, till their sorrows slip away”: Playing board games in Anglo-Saxon England; Lyminge in a European context, for Reading University Department of Archaeology, Archaeology Research Seminar Series, 23 March 2015.
  • Chairing and Introduction of ‘Playing the Past’ talks and discussion at National Museum of Scotland (hosted by NMS and Society of Antiquaries of Scotland), 26 January 2015, 6.30pm-9.00pm
  • From Akhmim to Cairo to Alloa to Perth: travels of an Ancient Egyptian Mummy’, for Stirling University History Society, Stirling University, 27 November 2014
  • ‘Whose game is it anyway? Board and dice games as an example of cultural entanglement’ for Colloquium, Veni, vidi, ludique: Jeux et multiculturalité dans l’Antiquité gréco-romaine, 20-22 October 2014, Musée Suisse du Jeu, Au Chateau, La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland
  • Matters of Life and Death: Boats, Board Games, Burials and Berserkers, for Material Citations in the Viking Age session of XIV Nordic TAG conference, University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden, 25 April 2014
  • What do we really know about the Lewis chessmen? For Centre for Nordic Studies (UHI), Kirkwall, Orkney and Scalloway, Shetland, 14-15 April 2014
  • Archaeology Entangled: Appropriating archaeological narratives, interpreting stone balls and interviewing artists’, for Society for Museum Archaeologists Annual Conference, Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth, 6-7 November 2013
  • Killing Kings: James I and Richard III, Two Murdered Monarchs and their Afterlifes in Medieval Scotland and England & Beyond, for TAFAC Annual Conference, Glenrothes Halls, Glenrothes, Fife, 2 November 2013
  • “Pennies from Heaven”: Money in Ritual in Medieval Europe, for International Workshop Archaeology of Money, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany, 17-18 October 2013
  • Matters of Life and Death: Runes, Board Games, Burials and Berserkers, for Chains of Citations session, European Association of Archaeologists 19th Annual Meeting Pilsen 3 - 8 September 2013
  • Why archaeology? Interviews with artists, for Art and Archaeology Session (paper and session presented and co-organised with Estella Weiss-Krejci and Edeltraud Aspöck) European Association of Archaeologists 19th Annual Meeting Pilsen 3 - 8 September 2013
  • “plus ça change ...” playtime reformed for the brothers and sisters? for Plantations Amidst Savagery?: The Reformed Monastic Orders in North Europe c. 1100-c.1600, University of Stirling 9-12 July 2013
  • Re-making Then, Now: Medieval Material Culture in the Movies for The Middle Ages in the Modern World, St Andrews University 25-28 June 2013
  • Board of the Kings: The Material Culture of Playtime in Scotland AD 1-1600, for Society of Antiquaries of Scotland at Royal Society of Edinburgh on 13 May and at New Kings 10, adjacent to King’s Museum, Old Aberdeen on 14 May 2013
  • The Meigle Stones: A Biographical Overview, on 13 April 2013 for Scottish Society for Northern Studies conference Early Medieval Meigle, Kinloch Memorial Hall, Meigle
  • Landscape of Crosses: Reassessing the Forteviot Sculptures for the SERF project, on 6 October 2012 for Pictish Arts Society Annual Conference, A K Bell Library, Perth and on 3 November 2012 for TAFAC Annual Conference, St John’s Academy, North Inch Community Campus, Perth
  • The Precious and the Lost: Material and Social Variations in Value, on 5 October 2012 for Finds Research Group meeting, NMS, Edinburgh
  • Play and performativity: Questions of identity and social interaction in Town and Country’, on 31 August 2012 for ‘Life in the City: Environmental and Artefactual Approaches to Urban Europe in the Middle Ages’ session at European Association of Archaeologists 18th Annual Meeting and Medieval Europe Research Conference 5, Helsinki 29 August-2 September 2012
  • New glass houses for old stone balls: entangling the public with Neolithic carved stone balls, on 30 August 2012 for ‘Public Appropriations of Archaeologists’ Narratives’ session at European Association of Archaeologists 18th Annual Meeting and Medieval Europe Research Conference 5 Helsinki 29 August-2 September 2012
  • The Lewis Gaming Hoard: Context and Meaning (with David Caldwell) for The Cultural Role of the Game of Chess conference, Sandomierz, Poland, 25-26 May 2012
  • Gaming Material Culture and Hybridity: The Kingdom of the Isles at Play, for Scottish Society for Northern Studies Conference, Islay, 12-15 April 2012
  • Of Treasure Trove and Chandeliers, for TAFAC Annual Conference, Dundee, 2 November 2011
  • Cultural biography and early medieval sculpture in Scotland, for session ‘Europe’s early medieval sculpture: Meanings, values, significances’, European Association of Archaeologists 17th Annual Meeting, Oslo 14-18th September 2011
  • What do we really know about the Lewis chessmen? For Stornoway Museum, Lewis; Benbecula Museum, Lionacleit and Lionacleit School, 14-17 June 2011
  • [With David Caldwell] ‘Moving the Pieces Around: rethinking the Lewis Hoard of gaming pieces’, Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, London 10 March 2011
  • ‘To You He Left His Brown Ivory Chessmen...’ But what do we really know about the Lewis chessmen? Dept of Archaeology, Glasgow University, 19 January 2011 & Glasgow Archaeological Society, 20 January 2011