The Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee was formed in 2013 following a review of the Archaeology function at Historic Scotland.
Remit (revised 2016)
The Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee (SSAC) will be an informal group, representing key partners / interests, to help with the development and delivery of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy.
The aims of the SSAC are to:
- Help create, promote and deliver Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy
- Offer advice and guidance to the Archaeology Team within Historic Environment Scotland
- Represent key areas of expertise in the sector
Key areas to be supported by the Committee include:
- Development and promotion of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy
- Development of a regularly updated implementation plan
- Oversight of delivery
- Discussion of timescales, funding and priorities for areas to be addressed
- The SSAC will include members with expertise in the following key areas:
- Archaeological Science
- Commercial Archaeology
- Clients / Development interests
- Community / Voluntary Archaeology
- Education and Archaeology
- Land Management
- Local Authority Archaeology
- Museums (including the National Museums Scotland)
- The Professional Institution (Chartered Institute for Archaeologists)
- University Archaeology
- Others as deemed appropriate
- There will be links to the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF), and also to the Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) when appropriate. Committee members can represent multiple areas on the committee. Others will be invited to attend as necessary, particularly representatives of relevant working groups.
- Committee members will serve 4 year terms – although the first group of committee members will serve between 2-5 years to ensure that there isn’t a sudden change of membership 4 years after starting. Members will only serve one term to ensure regular change of personnel and dynamism to the committee.
The Chair will come from within the committee but not be a member of HES staff. HES will provide necessary administrative support to the Chair.
- The group will aim to meet three times a year.
- The minutes will be made available on the SAS website – http://www.archaeologystrategy.scot
The Group will consider its progress against its remit and report to the Chief Executive of HES on an annual basis, recognising HES’s lead role in the delivery of Our Place in Time. It will liaise with the relevant groups of Going Further as necessary.
The members of the Committee are as follows:
|Area of expertise||Name||Title||Organisation||Date to leave Committee|
|Archaeological Science||Dr Kate Britton||Lecturer||Aberdeen University||2020|
|Commercial Archaeology||Thomas Rees||Consultant Archaeologist||Rathmell Archaeology / Federation of Archaeological Managers & Employers (FAME)||2021|
|Commercial Archaeology||Kirsty Dingwall||Project Manager||Headland Archaeology / FAME||2022|
|Clients / Development Interests||Peter Connelly||Archaeologist||Northlight Heritage / FAME||2020|
|Education and Archaeology||Dr Jennifer Thoms||Learning Officer||Archaeology Scotland||2023|
|Land Management||Derek Alexander||Head of Archaeology||National Trust Scotland||2021|
|Local Authority Archaeology||Bruce Mann||Archaeologist||Aberdeenshire Council / ALGAO||2022|
|Museums Galleries Scotland||Jacob O’Sullivan||Collections & Engagement Manager||Museums Galleries Scotland||2020|
|National Museums Scotland||Dr Fraser Hunter||Principal Curator of Prehistoric & Roman Archaeology||National Museums Scotland||2022|
|Skills and Training||Kate Geary (& Cara Jones)||Head of Professional Development||Institute for Archaeologists||2023|
|University Archaeology||Professor Stephen Driscoll||Professor of Historical Archaeology||University of Glasgow||2019|
|ScARF||Helen Spencer||ScARF Project Director||Society of Antiquaries of Scotland||2023|
|HES Archaeology||Dr Rebecca Jones||Head of Archaeology & World Heritage||Historic Environment Scotland|
In addition, others may be invited to attend as appropriate.
The Committee would like to thank the following former members:
|Dr Mark Hall||History Officer||Perth Museum & Art Gallery||2013-2018|
|Peter Hinton||Chief Executive||Institute for Archaeologists||2013-2018|
|Dr Simon Gilmour||Director||Society of Antiquaries of Scotland||2013-2018|
|Eila Macqueen||Director||Archaeology Scotland||2013-2018|
|Robin Turner||Head of Survey & Recording||Historic Environment Scotland||2013-2018|
|Dr Val Turner||Shetland Archaeologist||Shetland Amenity Trust||2017-2018|
|Dr Katie Stevenson||Keeper of Scottish History & Archaeology||National Museums Scotland||2016 – 2018|
|Susan Kruse||Project Officer||Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH)||2013 – 2017|
|Matt Ritchie||Archaeologist||Forestry Commission||2013 – 2017|
|Dr Chris Bowles||Archaeology Officer||Scottish Borders Council||2013 – 2016|
|Dr Alan Leslie||Director||Northlight Heritage||2013 – 2016|
|Rod McCullagh||Deputy Head of Archaeology Strategy||Historic Environment Scotland||2013 – 2016|
|Dr Karen Milek||Senior Lecturer||Aberdeen University||2013 – 2016|
|Simon Stronach||Former Senior Associate Director||CgMS Consulting||2013 – 2016|
|Luke Wormald||Strategic Policy Manager||CHED, Scottish Government||2013 – 2015|