The Ruralia XIII Conference
“Seasonal Settlement in the Medieval and Early Modern Countryside”
Stirling (Scotland, UK); 9th – 15th September 2019

Below are updated links to the final timetable and speaker notes:
Speaker Notes


The Ruralia XIII Conference Programme
“Seasonal Settlement in the Medieval and Early Modern Countryside”
Stirling (Scotland, UK); 9th – 15th September 2019

Below is an updated link to the conference program:
Conference Programme

RURALIA is an international association for the archaeology of medieval settlement and rural life. It provides a European-wide platform for the scientific exchange on current problems in rural archaeology in order to strengthen comparative and interdisciplinary studies. The conference covers the period from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Period. The conference language is English.
RURALIA XIII will take place in Stirling (Scotland, UK), a city in the central belt of Scotland. The theme will be: “Seasonal Settlement in the Medieval and Early Modern Countryside”.
In addition to the papers given from Monday to Friday, one half-day and one full day excursion and an optional two-day study trip to the Highlands will be offered.
The conference is jointly organized by Piers Dixon, Kirsty Owen, Mark Gardiner, Niall Brady and Claudia Theune, with the financial support of Historic Environment Scotland, the Historic Rural Settlement Group and support in kind from the Universities of Stirling, Aberdeen and the Highlands and Islands.
Transhumance is also related to the conference theme. See a blog on Transhumance in Scotland.

General Data Protection Regulation “GDPR” in Europe
Personal data is a valuable asset worthy of protection. On 25 May 2018, a new EU-wide regulation on data protection will enter into force – the Basic Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This also obliges Ruralia, as a registered association in the Netherlands, to document all processes in which it collects and processes personal data (analogue or digital).

In the first document you find some general information and categories of data we normally collect (see link).

The second document is an informed consent (see link).

Short film about the archaeological fieldschool in Ballintober
The member of RURALIA Niall Brady helped run the archaeological fieldschool in Ballintober (Roscommon County). The  short film is based on a production crew being on site in 2017.  Link to the film.

RURALIA XII post-excursion trip
The Roscommon Herald article mentioned RURALIA XII visit to Roscommon (County Roscommon, Ireland), see article.

©Gerard O’Loughlin

Dictionary of Traditional Agriculture: English-French-Chinese-Japanese
DicAT presents traditional agricultural techniques in parallel in four languages: French, English, Chinese and Japanese. Begun in 2009, the dictionary is the fruit of expertise and research carried out by academics and researchers: Yoshio Abe, Cozette Griffin-Kremer, Guoqiang Li, Perrine Mane, François Sigaut, Eric Trombert, Charlotte von Verschuer. It has been enriched by a scientific bibliography and numerous illustrations to highlight the specificities of each culture.

Presentation of the terms is original in following a thematic organization. Terms can be searched for by word or by category. Thus far, the dictionary contains the following thematic files: cereals, plant morphology, ploughing, sowing, field systems, fertilization, water control, harvesting, threshing, fruit and vegetables, horticulture, that is, over 1600 entries. This will be completed by terms connected with stock-raising, viticulture and fish farming.

DicAT is a compendium of traditional agricultural knowledge before the use of industrial chemistry widely known through online industrial catalogues. Dicat hopes to facilitate translations for historians, agronomists, interpreters and all interested parties…, but also to contribute to safeguarding natural resources, protecting the environment and bio-diversity, and to valorizing the principles of traditional agriculture.

RURALIA XIII in Stirling (UK, Scotland), 9th – 15th September 2019
“Seasonal settlements”

RURALIA XII in Kilkenny (Ireland), 11th – 17th September 2017
“Transitions and Transformation in the Medieval and Early Modern Countryside / Wandel und Transformation im mittelalterlichen und frühneuzeitlichen ländlichen Raum”
RURALIA XII post-conference excursion meets County Roscommon Mayor at the Tulsk Heritage Centre, September 2017.  (c) Gerard O’Loughlin

PUBLICATION: RURALIA XI Conference in in Clervaux, Luxembourg
Religion, cults & rituals in the medieval rural environment
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Zdeněk Smetánka (*1931 +2017)
a Czech and European Medieval Archaeologist Has Passed Away


Ruralia is not only scholarly body, but also one with a public conscience and with the belief that we should raise our voice in support of the preservation of the past, which is at the heart of our work. Ruralia supports this statement of the 10th ICAANE conference in Vienna (April 2016) and demonstrate publically support for safeguarding past heritage.

VIENNA STATEMENT  about the Threat to Cultural Heritage in the Near East and North Afrika
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