Events and project news

Please check this page periodically for news of events I am involved in, or project updates. If you scroll down, you’ll be able to see past events as well as the future ones! I’ll post images and material after each event as well so you can see what I have been up to. For more information, email me at and follow me on Twitter @urbanprehisto.




15-11-2018 Lecture

School of Humanities lecture series, University of Glasgow. 

Ludovic McLellan Mann and Clydebank’s weird prehistory

Lecture held in Room 208, John MacIntyre Building, University of Glasgow, between noon and 1pm

Humanities lecture series 2018-19


19-11-2018 Talk

I’m delighted to be giving the The Wallace McIntyre Memorial Lecture to the Clydebank Local History Society on the topic of the Cochno Stone (what else!). The time and place will be the Morison Memorial Church, Dumbarton Road, Clydebank, at 7.30 p.m. For more on their lecture series, see their website.


29-11-2018 Public meeting

The future of the Cochno Stone

Skypoint Centre, Faifley, from 7pm onwards

Join me as I set out some possible visions, projects and future plans for the Cochno Stone and Faifley’s rock-art. This will include plans both modest and very ambitious! This is your chance to have your say, feed into funding applications and project designs.


06-02-2019 Talk

Revealing the Cochno Stone

North Clyde Archaeological Society, time and venue to be confirmed






22-10-2018 Talk

Govan Old Parish Church: A Tea, a talk and a Tunnocks

Revealing the Cochno Stone

A talk with chocolate snacks at the end in the wonderful surroundings of Govan Old Parish Church, Glasgow.

Govan talk poster

Photo: Emma Semple












Audience: 40 people


13-09-2018 Public meeting

Balfarg / Balbirnie: a unique opportunity?

I gave a short talk at a meeting of the North Glenrothes Community Council in Collydean Community Centre, Glenrothes. The public were invited along and we had a positive conversation about schools, better signage for the Neolithic monument reconstructions and future needs and plans. Watch this space! Thanks to Ron and Liam for inviting me.

Lego man Liam Mason

Photo courtesy of Liam Mason

Lecture photo

Audience: 30 people


12-09-2018 Talk

Clydebank’s cups and rings: the Cochno Stone and Faifley’s rock-art

Callander and District Heritage Society, 7.30pm, Masonic Hall, Craigard Road, Callander.


Audience: 35 people


18-08-2018 Event

Faifley Rocks! 

This exciting open day allowed the chance for those coming along to see Scotland’s Rock-Art team clean and record two rock-art panels near Faifley, and there were also demonstrations of 360 degree cameras and virtual reality technology, both of which could be used in the future to help bring the Cochno Stone back to life digitally. There was also an exhibition, update on excavation results, and we had a chunk of 3D printed Cochno Stone replica as well. Lots of lovely people came along for a chat and we had a wonderful few hours!

Alison Gazebo area 1

Photo: Alison Douglas

S Jeffrey Sian Jones cleaning rock-art

Photo: Stuart Jeffrey

This event would not have been possible without the support of Faifley Community Council, Knowes Housing Association, TCV Scotland, MSP Gil Paterson’s team, Cochno Stone social media star Alison Douglas and a team of Glasgow University students. Thanks also to Scotland’s Rock-art project who came along in the form of Tertia Barnett and Maya Hoole, and Stuart Jeffrey and Daniel Livingstone from the Glasgow School of Art School of Simulation and Visualisation. Thanks also to Prof Sian Jones!


S Jeffrey KB on the Cochno Stone

Photo: Stuart Jeffrey

Audience: 80+ people


23-06-2018 Talk

Community archaeology, rock-art and the Cochno Stone

I gave a talk as part of the Bryn Celli Ddu programme of events in June this year on the beautiful island of Anglesey. For more details about the festival and the amazing work done on this project, see the project blog. It was a real pleasure to spend some time on this beautiful island and share the Cochno love!

Poster for Bryn Celli Ddu programme 2018

Me in a tweet

Audience: c30


07-06-2018 Fieldtrip

I helped lead an archaeology fieldtrip for S2 pupils from Clifton Hall school, Edinburgh, thanks to history teacher Sam McKeand. As well as the essential Rough Castle and the Antonine Wall, and Cairnpapple Hill, we also visited Huly Hill Bronze Age cairn and standing stones, near the school and an absolute stone-cold urban prehistory classic. On site, we discussed the lack of information on the site and how we might improve this situation, all the while having a succession of airliners flying above our heads.

Huly Hill visit 080618

Participants: c40


29-05-2018 Launch and talk

Strathearn Community Campus cursus monument noticeboard

I was delighted to be asked to attend the ‘unveiling’ of the second noticeboard on the developing Strathearn Community Campus Archaeology Trail. This trail will celebrate prehistoric sites found during the construction of the campus and neighbouring primary school in Crieff, as well as some other sites from the surrounding landscape. It is a unique and innovative project, and it was a pleasure to work on the second noticeboard on the trail, on the subject of Broich cursus which runs 800m north-south beneath the campus and was partially excavated during construction in 2006-2010. After the ceremony, I gave a short talk on Scotland’s cursus monuments in the newly named Cursus Theatre.

Before the ribbon was cut

Crieff Strathearn Campus Cursus information panel unveiling. 29 May 2008

L-R: Ian Hamilton, Mel Johnson, the Urban Prehistorian, Eila MacQueen, Steven Timoney, Ally Beckett and Christine Deeley. Photo courtesy of George Logan

Location of the trail: google map

Audience: c50


22-03-2018 Public meeting

The future of the Cochno Stone

A public meeting organised by Faifley Community Council on the future of the Cochno Stone and other local rock-art. This was a great evening event, with lots of different perspectives represented. I’ll update with a brief summary of the key points soon.

Poster for 22nd March

Cochno public meeting 220318

Audience: c65


13-03-2018 Talk

Ludovic Mann and his application of barium sulphate paints to the Cochno Stone

Langside Community Heritage meeting. Double-header with Katinka Dalglish who gave  a fantastic talk about her ongoing research into the Ludovic Mann collections in Glasgow Life. It was a real Mann-fest!

logoWee poster advertising the talks from Katinka and I.

Langside talk

Audience: 35


12-03-2018 Talk

The Cochno Stone revealed

Lanark and District Archaeological Society talk. 7.30pm, Lanark Library.

Lecture room

Audience: 30


27-01-2018 Lecture

Houses upon houses: the impact of urbanisation on our understanding of Neolithic settlement in Scotland

Scottish Archaeology Student Society Conference 2018, University of Glasgow

This lecture explored the relationship between development, urbanisation and the study of Neolithic settlement in Scotland. I argued that the polluter pays principal in archaeology since the late 1980s has helped archaeologists find Neolithic sites and material in places where they would either not have thought about looking or would not have been able to get funding to investigate. For a sense of this great weekend conference, check out #SSASC2018 on twitter.

SSASC2018 slide

Me at SSASC2018

Associated outputs: video of the lecture and forthcoming paper in a proceedings based on the conference

Audience: c50


23-11-2017 Talk and exhibition

Ludovic Mann and the eclipse eating monster

As part of the 2017 Being Human festival, I ran several workshops with local school children followed by an evening talk and exhibition in Faifley, Clydebank. The theme drew on Ludovic Mann’s assertion that the symbols carved onto the Cochno Stone represent the story of how prehistoric people came to predict eclipses.

The workshop and exhibition showcased specially commissioned artwork by Hannah Sackett, comics drawn by local children and information about our excavations at the Cochno Stone. For images and comment on these events, check out #eclipsemonster on twitter.

Being Human ad 1

Associated outputs: The Cochno Stone comic book. You can purchase a copy at Hannah’s Etsy page.

Audience: 128 children and seven teachers during six workshops; 65 people at the exhibition


21-12-2017 Talk

The Cochno Stone: project update

Glasgow Archaeological Society lecture series, Members’ Night. 7.30pm, Boyd Orr building, University of Glasgow

Audience: 60-70


06-11-2017 Talk

The Cochno Stone revealed

Milngavie and Bearsden Historical Society meeting. 7.30pm, Lesser Hall, Bearsden Community Hub, 66 Drymen Road, Bearsden, G61 3QT.

Bearsden audience low res.jpg

A really enjoyable evening where I met three people who remembered visiting the Cochno Stone pre-1965, and one woman who met Ludovic Mann while visiting the excavations at Knappers in 1937.

Audience: c65


25-10-2017 Talk

Urban prehistory: a beginner’s guide

University of York Archaeology Department seminar series.


The first public outing for my urban prehistory venn. You can watch a video of this lecture here.

Urban prehistory venn

Associated outputs: video of lecture, forthcoming paper

Audience: c40


30-09-2017 Pop-up stall

Urban prehistory stall, Riverside Museum, Explorathon 2017

I stood and looked lonely for a few hours beside my jumbled mass of weird imagery and objects.

UP stall

wee badge

Audience: c25 interactions


12-09-2017 Talk

Glasgow’s Prehistoric Geometry: Ludovic Mann and Harry Bell’s search for Glasgow’s urban prehistory

A public lecture on Glasgow’s ancient prehistoric geometry as part, part of the 2017 Glasgow’s Doors Open Day Festival.

talk details

Associated outputs: Journal article (submitted to Time and Mind) and essay (more details forthcoming soon).

Audience: c125

Me lecturing Ingrid photo

Photo courtesy of Ingrid Shearer

Me lecturing Helen photo

Photo courtesy of Helen Green


25-08-2017 Walk

Psychogeography in the Park

Two guided walks with primary school children around Glasgow’s Queen’s Park. This event was part of Glasgow’s Unity Festival.

Unity Festival logo

Programme for the festival Friday

The walks were a chance to encourage children from local schools to really look hard at the park as they walked around, and travel back in time to a Victorian designed park landscape, an eighteenth century farm and back as far – maybe – as the Iron Age at the Camphill enclosure in the centre of the park.

In Camphill low res

Photo courtesy of Alan Leslie

In the end, c60 children attended and most got soaked in the incessant rain, but I think they enjoyed time travelling and learning about urban prehistory and psychogeography with Mr Kenny.

Associated outputs: Psychogeography in the Park blog post

Audience: c70 (including teachers)


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