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.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was the Institute's Patron.

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8 FEBRUARY LECTURE by Dr Tanja Romankiewicz
Thursday 9th February 2023

Circular building, circular economies and circular ecologies: Learning from Scottish prehistoric roundhouses

Research into later prehistoric buildings in northwest Europe – and the Scottish roundhouse record in particular – has highlighted how much reusable, renewable building materials such as earth and turf influenced the character of dwelling spaces. What has emerged is a dynamic concept of prehistoric architecture as a metamorphosing process of circular building, embedded in circular economies and ecologies, interwoven with human lives.

This new research now takes a holistic, long-term, multi-disciplinary perspective, by applying these ancient concepts to modern low carbon architecture.

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