Workshop afternoon at Highland Council [Inverness]

ARCH Highland

13 October 2017, Starts: 14:00, Ends: 17:00

An afternoon of hands-on workshops on a variety of topics, held at Highland Council headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness (entrance by the Knocknagael Stone). Suggested donation of £5 for the afternoon. Unless specified, bookings to 077888 35466 or
Part of Highland Archaeology Festival

Introduction to Using the HER (2-3:30pm)
Learn how to explore and contribute information to the Council’s database of all known heritage with the Highland Council’s HER officer Ian Scrivener-Lindley.

Using GPS for Survey & Mapping (2-3:30pm repeated 3:30-5pm)
This session by Roland Spencer-Jones (NoSAS and ARCH) will cover the usefulness of recording GPS – on smartphones and Garmins. We’ll cover how to record waypoints and tracks, and how to load those onto a computer and into Google Earth. Bring your own smartphone or GPS gadget if you have one. If not, we can lend. Essential to book in advance with Roland Spencer-Jones on 07787 507972, or

Photogrammetry Introductory Workshop (2-3:30pm)
Alan Thompson (NoSAS) will demonstrate how to take a small set of photographs of the Knocknagael Boar stone, and then use photogrammetry to produce images of the Boar.

Using Photogrammetry to Visualise Prehistoric Rock Art (Cup-marked Stones) (3:30-5pm)
Simple photos of rock art are often disappointing and show little of the detail of the markings on the stones. Alan Thompson (NoSAS) will demonstrate and discuss a number of different methods which can be used to visualise the patterns on these rocks.

Aerial Photography (2-3:30pm repeated 3:30-5pm)
Allan Kilpatrick of Historic Environment Scotland provides a hands-on workshop on how to use aerial photos to investigate the archaeological landscape.

Small Finds Photography (2-3:30pm)
Michael Sharpe will demonstrate methods he uses for creating close-up photographs of small finds. This will include lighting and backgrounds, cameras and lenses, scales, editing and archiving of files using Adobe Lightroom software.

Reflectance Transformation Imaging (3:30-5pm)
This specialist technique involves taking numerous photographs of an object from a fixed camera position, with a moveable light source. Michael will demonstrate the process of taking the photographs and the subsequent software workflow.

Building Detectives (2-3:30pm, repeated 3:30-5pm)
Join the Scotland’s Urban Past staff for a practical session recording part of the Highland Council’s HQ, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness.

On-line Historic Maps (3:30-5pm)
Susan Kruse (ARCH) will lead this taster session on exploring old maps on the National Library of Scotland website.

Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH), The Goods Shed, The Old Station, Strathpeffer, Ross-Shire, Scotland IV14 9DH
Tel: +44 (0)77888 35466 Email: