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.


23-11-2017 Talk and exhibition

Ludovic Mann and the eclipse eating monster

As part of the 2017 Being Human festival, I am going to be running workshops with local school children then doing an evening talk and exhibition in Faifley, Clydebank. The theme will draw on Ludovic Mann’s assertion that the symbols carved onto the Cochno Stone represent the story of how prehistoric people came to predict eclipses.

All welcome to drop-in during the evening at Skypoint between 6 and 8pm. I’ll be talking about Mann’s intervention in the story of the Cochno Stone around 7pm. The exhibition will showcase specially commissioned artwork by Hannah Sackett, comics drawn by local children and information about our excavations at the Cochno Stone.

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21-12-2017 Talk

The Cochno Stone: project update

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


13-03-2018 Talk

The Cochno Stone revealed

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


12-12-2018 Talk

The Cochno Stone revealed

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



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. Video of lecture to be linked to as soon as it is available.

Urban prehistory venn

Associated outputs: video of lecture [not online yet]

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

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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: Watch this space

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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