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SAF Conference 2023

Whose Past is It Anyway?

Rethinking 'insiders' and 'outsiders' in Scottish Archaeology

Our next conference will be taking place on the 28th-29th October 2023 in the University of Aberdeen and online. Keep scrolling for tickets, bursaries and further information!

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Registration now open!

Tickets are now available for our 2023 conference. Numbers for in-person tickets are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are priced at:

  • In person:     £35/£20

  • Online only: £15/£10

In person tickets include attendance for the weekend as well as lunches and teas/coffees on both days.

Venue Information

SAF2023 will be hosted by University of Aberdeen.

The conference will take place in the MacRobert Building, King Street, Aberdeen.


Venue accessibility information available here


Custom Hotel Booking Site


Delegates attending this conference have access to special rates using our dedicated hotel booking site which provides a wide variety of accommodation options in Aberdeen. 


While we do work with VisitAberdeenshire to provide our delegates with the best offers in accommodation, we do not have a direct connection to third party hotels booked through this link. Please ensure if you are arriving late for your booking, the hotel may release your room back into the system. Please note that accommodation in Aberdeen is in high demand all year round, advanced booking is recommended to ensure availability and a reasonable rate.


If you have any problems you should contact the hotel you have booked directly.

Access these rates at:

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Through the theme of ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’ we are looking to highlight efforts to address the under-representation of certain groups within archaeology, both in representations of Scotland’s heritage and in current archaeological practice. While archaeological evidence shows Scotland’s past to have always been one of multiple communities, there is an increasing awareness of inequality remaining within modern archaeological discourse. This year’s conference welcomes spoken and poster presentations on initiatives which challenge pre-conceptions, spotlight marginalised voices and aim to make Scottish archaeology more accessible to the wider community. 

Conference Themes

Our preliminary conference themes are:

  • Crossing physical and conceptual borders

  • Under-represented histories

  • The archaeological community today

  • Reimagining archaeological method

  • Breaking down barriers

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