Second Pictish Arts lecture on Baliscate

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The second lecture in the 2014/2015 season of the Pictish Arts Society will be given at Pictavia, near Brechin, by Dr Clare Ellis on Friday October 17.

The title of her talk is Early Historic Baliscate, Isle of Mull: the archaeological evidence for a monastic establishment.

The talk will look at the archaeological evidence for existence of an Early Historic period monastery at Baliscate, near Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull.

It will explore the various archaeological elements that indicate that Baliscate may have been a monastic establishment as opposed to a native field cemetery and settlement.

The archaeological evidence for the site’s continued religious function into the Early Medieval and Norse period will then be presented.

Finally, the archaeology of the Medieval period will be discussed; was the site still used as a Christian place of worship or was it now just a farmstead?

Dr Clare Ellis has run Argyll Archaeology, a small commercial archaeology unit, for the last 11 years. Before that she worked for many years for an archaeology unit in Edinburgh.

She undertook her Ph.D. in Leicester and before that did her undergraduate degree at Bristol University. She currently undertakes all manner of work, from small evaluations to large scale commercial and community based excavation.

Clare also specialises in soil micromorphology, a technique where undisturbed samples of soil or sediment from an archaeological site is examined under a microscope

A society spokesperson said: “This year, as last, the season of talks will have a slightly different timetable. As usual, they will be held on the third Friday of the month (7 p.m. for 7.30) but they will again run from September to November before taking a three-month break so that speakers and members don’t have to run the gauntlet of winter travel. Talks will then resume in March until May.”

Doors open at Pictavia at 7 p.m. for a 7.30 start. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available before and after the talks. The talks are free to members and £2.50 to non-members.