Picts in the North: The Conan Stone in Context

The Scottish Society for Northern Studies, NOSAS, and The Pictish Arts Society are jointly organising a conference on 13-14 March focusing on the recent discovery and conservation of the Conan Stone, a Pictish cross slab that was discovered in Easter Ross, and which is now on display in Dingwall Museum.

This event will take place virtually using Zoom Webinar across the afternoons of Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th March.

The full conference programme is as follows (times in GMT):

Saturday 13 March

12.45-12.50 Log on/arrival
12.50-13.00 Welcome remarks

13.00-13.30 The discovery of the Conan Stone – a NOSAS video presentation by finder Anne MacInnes and film maker James McComas
13.30-14.00 Graciela Ainsworth (Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation): Conserving the Conan Stone

14.00-14.10 Break

14.10-15.00 John Borland (Pictish Arts Society): Pictish Cross Slabs of Northern Scotland – the Conan Stone in context

15.00-15.10 Break

15.10-16.00 Dr Kelly Kilpatrick (University of Glasgow/University of Oxford): The Pictish Gods

16.00-16.10 Break

16.10-16.50 Discussion: Join Saturday’s speakers for a more informal discussion of their papers in a dedicated breakout space.

16.50-17.30 Join us in the Conan Stone Arms for a chat to wrap up the day.


Sunday 14 March 

12.30-12.35 Log on/arrival
12.35-12.45 Welcome remarks

12.45-13.35 Hugh Levey: Towards Establishing the Rule Book of Pictish Symbol Usage

13.35-13.45 Break

13.45-14.35 Dr Sally Foster (University of Stirling): Admitting new voices – letting St John’s Cross and its replica speak

14.35-14.55 Break

14.55-15.35 Dr Eric Grant (NOSAS): Barrow loads of barrows: investigating a monumental Pictish cemetery at Tarradale
15.35-16.25 Prof Gordon Noble (University of Aberdeen): Picts in the Highlands

16.25-16.40 Break

16.40-17.20 Discussion: Join Sunday’s speakers for a more informal discussion of their papers in a dedicated breakout space.

17.20-18.00 Join us in the Conan Stone Arms as we wrap up the weekend.



Mar 13 - 14 2021


Times are in GMT
12:45 pm - 5:30 pm


North of Scotland Archaeological Society

Other Organizers

Pictish Arts Society
Scottish Society for Northern Studies
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