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The Royal Archaeological Institute (RAI) is a leading national archaeology society, with a history dating back to 1844. Its interests span all aspects of the archaeological, architectural and landscape history of the British Isles.

Through our annual publication of the Archaeological Journal and our programme of monthly lectures, we have a strong tradition of presenting archaeological research. We also give grants to enable research projects, host conferences and run specialist tours for our members to archaeological sites, historic buildings and landscapes.

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Forthcoming events

12 December Lecture by Beverley Ballin Smith
Wednesday 12th December 2018

'Bringing a large legacy project to publication - the Neolithic and Bronze Age Udal, North Uist'

Iain Crawford was a controversial figure in Scottish Archaeology but his name will be forever associated with the Udal archaeological and historical project on the island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. He began fieldwork in 1963 and ended it in 1994, but he never published. In 2012 a team of specialists began working on the smallest of his Udal sites, updating research and undertaking new, to bring what is known as RUX6 to publication. The monograph was published early in 2018. Iain Crawford's achievements concerning the survival of late Neolithic and Bronze Age remains at this site will be discussed along with his work on the local environment and coastal erosion – subject areas that were in their infancy when he began the project.
There is more to tell of the future work - the problems of bringing the evidence of the two largest sites to publication, and the probability/improbabilities of achieving it.

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