Pictavia -The land of the Picts
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The Picts get their name from the Romans, who called them Picti - meaning "The Painted People" in Latin.

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Pictish Arts Society Opens Lecture Season

The first lecture in the 2012/2013 season of the Pictish Arts Society will be given at Pictavia, near Brechin, by Dr Sally Foster on Friday 19 October.

The title of Dr Foster’s talk is “Embodied energies, embedded stories: the replication of Scottish early medieval sculpture in the long 19th century.” Sally’s recent research focuses on the biography of early medieval sculpture, particularly the creation of replicas, their significance and impact.

Sally studied medieval archaeology at University College London, later completing a PhD on Aspects of the Later Atlantic Iron Age at Glasgow under the supervision of Professor Leslie Alcock. Working for two years as an Investigator at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, she then joined Historic Scotland for over eighteen years, latterly working as head of the team responsible for the identification and designation for protection of Scotland's most important ancient monuments and wrecks. After a temporary lectureship at Glasgow in 2010 and establishing her AbleMinds business, she joined the University of Aberdeen as a lecturer in archaeology in September 2011.

Her current main research interests are early medieval Scotland in its wider context, especially the church, antiquarianism and later uses of early medieval material culture. Her publications include: Picts, Gaels and Scots (2004), The St Andrews Sarcophagus. A Pictish Masterpiece and its International Connections (1998, ed.), Able Minds and Practised Hands. Scotland’s Early Medieval Sculpture in the 21st Century (2005, ed. with M. Cross) and A Fragmented Masterpiece. Recovering the Biography of the Hilton of Cadboll Pictish Cross-slab (2008, co-authored with H. James, I. Henderson and S. Jones).

Doors open at Pictavia at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available before and after the talk. The talk is free to members and £2.50 to non-members.