Archaeology & History

Winter Programme 2021-22 





Wed 13 Oct 2021

Fiona Watson

Turning fact into fiction: murder and romance in the siege of Berwick, 1317-18.

Wed 10 Nov 2021

John Harrison

The Drifty Days: ‘A Climate Crisis of 1674’.

Wed 1st Dec 2021

Orsolya Czere

Life-histories from medieval Perth: reconstructing diet and mobility using isotopes.

Wed 19 Jan 2022

Peter McNiven

Place names in historic Perthshire.

Wed 16 Feb 2022

Richard Oram

Scotland and the Plague, 1350-1650.

16 March 2022

Fraser Hunter

The Traprain treasure – new research on a Roman silver hoard.

All talks begin at 7.30 p.m.   For the Zoom link e-mail


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For more information about A&H activities contact the section secretary, Percy Shelley, at We welcome visitors and new members.

The Neolithic Standing Stone at Murrayshall near Scone.

The Archaeological and Historical Section of the PSNS was founded in 1948 under the guidance of Dr Margaret Stewart, a very notable and distinguished local archaeologist. In the early years, the section carried out and published important excavations and surveys under her guidance, and she also organised courses and seminars to share her skills and knowledge with the section. Accounts of her excavations appeared in specialist journals such as Discovery & Excavation in Scotland.

Members of the section are still involved in occasional excavations and surveys under the guidance of professional organisations, but our main activities are a monthly lecture series during the winter, and excursions to monuments, historic buildings and excavations, generally in the summer. We have close links with Archaeology Scotland, Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee and various professional and voluntary organisations. Over the years, as well as contributing papers to the Society’s journal, the Section has issued several important complete publications:

The following booklet by Dr Margaret Stewart describes an abandoned farmstead, Allt Lochan Nan Losgunn, near Queen’s View (Tay Forest Park) that was excavated in 1972 & 1974 (not a PSNS publication, reproduced by courtesy of Scottish Forestry).

All regular indoor meetings are held are held on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in the Soutar Theatre, AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth PH2 8EP. Evenings conclude over tea and coffee.

Recorded Talks

Occasional newsletters of the Section

AGM and other papers circulated to Section members