Jamie Barnes

PhD Candidate, Archaeology, University of Glasgow
My research addresses the issues of contact and exchange between the Kingdoms of Strathclyde and Northumbria, principally through stone sculptural evidence. This is aims to highlight the significance of the monuments, notably hogbacks and hammerhead crosses, within a contemporary landscape dominated by a complex historical and archaeological narrative.

Andrea Blendel

PhD Student, Centre for Nordic Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands

Research interests: runic writing in the Norse diaspora, the formation and expression of identities through epigraphy, particularly in the Northern Isles and Scotland,gender in runic writing, and the modern reception of runes.

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Katherine Forsyth

PhD. Reader, School of Humanities (Dept of Celtic and Gaelic), University of Glasgow

Research Interests: inscriptions of the Celtic-speaking peoples in the 1st Millennium AD, with a particular focus on ogham; interdisciplinary study of early Medieval sculpture in Scotland, Ireland and Man; the Picts; literacy; epigraphic field-methods and applications of digital technology; heritage management of carved stones.

I have conducted field-work on inscriptions in Scotland, south-west Ireland, south-west England, the Isle of Man and Brittan, and acted as academic consultant for Historic Scotland re-display projects on sculpture at Whithorn, Iona, Kirkmadrine, Dyce. I am a current member, and past chair, of the National Committee on Carved Stones in Scotland ( For further details and a list of my publications, see:

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Sally M. Foster

PhD, Lecturer, University of Stirling, Scotland

As of 2012, I have two main research foci in relation to early medieval sculpture: as ecclesiastical architecture (in its broadest sense) in northern Britain in early medieval times; and the replication of early medieval sculpture since the early 19th century in northern Europe, with an initial focus on Scotland. The latter assesses the significance of the resource in its own right as well as its contribution to the biographies of its ‘parent’ and the networks of actors involved in the extension of the agency of the original sculpture. This ‘Multiplying Lives’ project also critically explores the heritage issues that arise from this, primarily relating to authenticity, integrity and value. Please see my University webpage for publications.

Irene Garcia Losquino

PhD student, Centre for Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Research topic: The Split of West Germanic from Northwest Germanic through the analysis of the runic inscriptions in the Elder Futhark

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Martin Goldberg

Early Historic & Viking curator, Department of Archaeology, National Museums Scotland, Scotland

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Mark Hall

BA, AMA, MIFA, FSA, FSA Scot, History Officer, Perth Museum & Art Gallery, Perth, Scotland.

My interest extends to the whole range of early medieval sculpture but my research has been focussed on early medieval sculpture in Scotland (primarily ‘Pictish’) and has always sought to be inter-disciplinary. This is actually something of a necessity if you are trying to understand the biography of a monument. This has been my main focus, the cultural biography of such sculptures both as a group and individual monuments.

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Megan Kasten

PhD Student, University of Glasgow, Scotland

My research focuses on the implementation of three-dimensional imaging technologies, especially photogrammetry and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), in the analysis of the construction of the sculpted stones found at Govan. Primarily my work seeks to address questions concerning early medieval carved stone workshop organization, to identify the potential use of templates for carved decorative motifs, and to highlight the benefits of three-dimensional reconstructions for both research and public outreach.

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Gordon Noble

PhD, Lecturer in Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

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Aya Van Renterghem

MA student Medieval English, St Andrews University, Scotland
My main research interest is language contact and change in the British Isles during the Middle Ages, especially in inscriptions. I look at instances where the different languages and alphabets of that period come together in carvings, but also where e.g. runes and Ogam appear in manuscripts.

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Cynthia Thickpenny

PhD student, University of Glasgow

The current focus of my research is key-pattern in Insular art, and the analysis of its formal aspects as well as its potential symbolism or function on different media. I have also researched the Pictish symbols, the early medieval landscape of Scotland, and other abstract and non-representational motifs in Insular art.

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Victoria Whitworth

PhD, Lecturer in Nordic Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands.

Current research project: Viking Age Sculpture in Britain