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 and on Instagram.



12-12-2018 Talk

The Cochno Stone revealed

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


06-02-2019 Talk

Revealing the Cochno Stone

North Clyde Archaeological Society, time and venue to be confirmed




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

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. This lecture will be available online as a video in the near future, and I’ll add a link when this happens.

SSASC2018 slide

Me at SSASC2018

Associated outputs: video of the lecture (link to be added) 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 and magazine articles, both in preparation as of March 2018

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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