The Finds Research Group regularly organises conferences, meetings and visits to exchange ideas.

Meetings - open to all but with preferential rates for members - are held regularly and include one-day events that focus on themes related to the identification and interpretation of finds. Over the last few years we've held meetings in the Isle of Man, Sutton Hoo, Lincoln, London, Dublin and Edinburgh and have made short trips to museums to view exhibitions. We regularly co-host meetings with other finds study groups and societies - such as the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology - and with professional bodies, in order to widen our network and encourage information exchange. These have proved very popular and productive in the past. We hope to continue these collaborations and welcome suggestions from groups for future joint meetings and conferences.


Summer in Orkney

FRG summer meeting 2017: Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th June


We have had a couple of cancellations and so now have three spare places for anyone who would like to join us on our trip to Orkney on 2 to 4 June. If you would like to join our trip please email Jackie Keily at or ring her on 020 7814 5734. The costs for the trip are £20 for members and £25 for non-members.
Meetings Co-ordinator Jackie Keily



Orkney – where sand, sea and sky meet

Our next meeting will be held in beautiful Orkney and will focus on the Norse and early Medieval archaeology of the islands. 

We hope FRG members may take the opportunity to extend their visit to explore Orkney and possibly participate in the programme of events that will run throughout 2017 to mark the 900 years since the death of St Magnus.

Final programme:

Friday 2 June:

11.00am: Meet next to the mine by the harbour (opposite the Kirkwall Hotel) for a guided tour of Kirkwall, including the Earl’s palace. Duration, approximately 1 hour.

Break for lunch and free time.

1.45pm: Meet at St Magnus Cathedral for tour, including the upper gallery.

Saturday 3 June:


9.00am: Meet at the entrance to The Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Broad Street, Kirkwall

Tour of the Museum, including the new galleries; followed by visit to the museum stores

Lunch in Kirkwall (there are many cafes and places to eat)



1.00pm: meet at St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall; talks will take place in the main hall


Professor Christopher Morris Excavations and finds from the Birsay Bay project

2.00-2.15pm: questions


Dr Ingrid Mainland & Paul Johnson Food, feasting and farming at the Earls Bu, Orphir

3.00-3.30: break: tea & coffee available


Dr Sarah Jane Gibbon St Magnus: an archaeology of journeys and pilgrimage


Dr Steve Ashby, Bone and Antler Combs of the Norse World

4.30-4.45pm: questions


Sunday 4 June:

Meet at 9.45am at Kirkwall Travel Centre, West Castle Street, Kirkwall, for a 10.00am departure:

Site visits by coach to include the Brough of Birsay, Broch of Gurness and Earl's Bu, Orphir. Details to follow. Coach returns to Kirkwall for 5.30pm.


Neolithic settlement at Skara Brae

Neolithic settlement at Skara Brae


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