Professor Ian Ralston


Ian Ralston

A2 RESEARCH REPORTS & ARTICLES Page One (1999 - present)
A2 RESEARCH REPORTS & ARTICLES Page Two (1990 - 1998)
A2 RESEARCH REPORTS & ARTICLES Page Three (1975 - 1989)


2014: ‘Appreciation: Professor Magdalena Midgley’, Antiquity online

2014 (with Halliday, S) ‘Your hillfort needs you’, History Scotland 14:1, 14.

2012 (in Reid, K with mult. al.) Treasure Trove: the Treasure Trove system in Scotland in wider context – saving the ecofacts as well as the artefacts from Scotland’s past. Royal Society of Edinburgh Advice Paper 12-13. 8pp.

2012: Various articles with either Fraser Hunter or Olivier Buchsenschutz in eds Sievers, S., Urban, O. and Ramsl, P., Lexikon zur keltischen Archäologie = Vienna: Mitteilungen der Prähistorischen Kommission 73. Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. 2 vols. ISBN 978-3-7001-6765-5.  

2011: 'Artefacts', Archaeology Scotland 12, Winter 2011, 3.

2011: 'Report by the Chair of SAFAP', Treasure Trove in Scotland. Annual Report by the Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer 2009/2010, 4-7.

2010: 'Scottish archaeology: the state of the nation. What's happened since the late seventies?', in ed. Anon, A Lad o' Pairts, 34-37. Aberdeen: Aberdeenshire Council. Downloadable from:

2010: ‘Obituary: Ian Alexander George Shepherd 22 March 1951 – 15 May 2009’, Proc Soc Antiq Scot 139, 1-8.

2010:  (with Campbell, Stuart) ‘Scottish archaeological assemblages and museums: a matter for concern’,  Newsletter, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 22.1, 4-5; also in Archaeology Scotland, issue 9, winter 2010, 10; also a version in The Archaeologist 78, winter 2010, 8-9.

2009: ‘The Celts’, in ed. Gagarin, M. Oxford Encyclopaedia of Ancient Greece and Rome. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press. 7 vols.

2009:  ‘The Hunterian redisplayed’, Scottish Archaeological Journal, 30 (2008), 205-209.

2009:  ‘Ian Shepherd: Archaeologist who led the way in Scottish research’, The Independent 13th August 2009, 31.

2009: ‘Report by the Chair of SAFAP’, Treasure Trove in Scotland. Annual Report by the Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer 2008/2009, 6-9.

2009: {with Cowie, Trevor} ‘Ian Alexander George Shepherd 1951-2009’, PAST 62 (July 2009), 12-13.

2009: ‘Ian Alexander George Shepherd MIfA 118 1951-2009’, The Archaeologist 72 (summer 2009), 56.

2009: ‘Obituary – Ian Shepherd’, Scottish Archaeological News, issue 5, 12. 

2009: ‘Ian Shepherd Archaeologist 1951-2009 (obituary),’ The Scotsman 2 June 2009.

2009: ‘Ian Shepherd 1951-2009 (obituary)’, Society of Antiquaries of London online {}

2009 (with Gilmour, S. ) ‘Archaeology and historic environment in Scotland: some acronyms of the moment’, Newsletter, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 21.1, 4-5.

2008: (with Saville, A; introduction by McFadyen, N.) Treasure Trove in Scotland; a code of practice.  Edinburgh: compiled on behalf of the Scottish Ministers and the Crown Office. iii+48pp.

2008: ‘Report by the Chair of SAFAP’, Treasure Trove in Scotland. Annual Report by the Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer 2007/2008, 3-5.

2008: (with Augier L., Buchsenschutz, O., Durand R., Maçon, P., Pescher, B. and. Salin M. — Le site protohistorique de Port Sec sud à Bourges (Cher), campagne 2007. Bulletin - Association française pour l'étude de l'Âge du Fer 26, 9-10.

2007: ‘Report of the Chair of SAFAP’, Treasure Trove in Scotland. Annual Report by the Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer 2006/2007, 4-6. 

2006: ‘Colvin Greig, archaeologist (obituary)’, The Scotsman, 11th July.

2005 (with Johnson, M. and Rees, A.)  ‘Excavation of an Early Historic palisaded enclosure at Titwood, Mearnskirk, East Renfrewhire’, Scottish Archaeol Journ 25.2, 2003 (2005), 129-145.

2003: (compiled, with Edwards, K. J}  ‘A guide to the literature since 1996’, in eds Edwards, K. J. and Ralston, I B.M., Scotland since the Ice Age, 311-320. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

2002: {with Buchsenschutz, O. E.}  ‘Les fortifications du Mont Beuvray’, in eds Maranski, D. and Guichard, V.  Les ages du Fer en Nivernais, Bourbonnais et Berry oriental, 293-296. + Actes XVII Colloque Association française pour l’Etude de l’Age du Fer (Nevers1993 = Glux-en-Glenne: collection Bibracte 6.

2001:  ‘Brian Hope-Taylor, 1923-2001’, Scottish Archaeological News, 36, 3.

2001:  ‘Brian Hope-Taylor (obituary)’, The Times, 2nd March.

2001:  ‘Brian Hope-Taylor (obituary)’, The Scotsman, 13th February.

2001:  ‘Oppida et residences aristocratiques’, in dir Buchsenschutz, O E., Projet collectif de recherches L’occupation du sol dans le Berry antique: Rapport 1998 – 2000, 199-200. Paris: Ecole normale supérieure.
2000:  ‘Report on a small sample of vitrified stonework from Castelos de Monte Novo’, pp. 143-144 in Burgess, C., Gibson, C. and Correia, V. ‘Hillforts, oppida and vitrification in the Évora area, Central Portugal’, in eds Frodsham, P., Topping, P. and Cowley, D. 'We were always chasing time': papers presented to Keith Blood, 129-147. = Northern Archaeology 17/18, 1999 (2000).

1999: {with Strachan, R.J., Hamilton, J. E., and Armit, I.}  ‘Excavations of two iron processing sites at Scabgill and Boghall, Clydesdale, 1991’, Glasgow Archaeol Journ 21, 53-60.
1999:  ‘Stop Press! Archaeology after devolution’, Scottish Archaeological News 29, Spring 1999, 16.

1998:  ‘Mont Beuvray and the later Iron Age settlement record of central France’, Proc Soc Antiq Scot, 127, 1997 (1998), 963-964.
1998:  ‘National Parks: the cultural dimension’, in ed. Scottish Wildlife and Countryside Link Protecting Scotland’s Finest Landscapes Session II National Parks – the opportunities, 16th March 1998, 8-10. Perth: SWCL.
1997: {with Tidy, Bill}  Everything you always wanted to know about archaeological excavations but were afraid to ask.  York: Council for British Archaeology leaflet, 8, 6 pp. [also on CBA pages on Internet]

1996: {with Büchsenschütz, O. E. and Troadec, J.}  ‘Cher: Bourges, Lazenay’, Bilan scientifique de la Région Centre 1995, 23-25. Paris: Ministère de la Culture et de la Francophonie, Sous-direction de l’Archéologie.

1996: {with Finlayson, B.}  Chinese Walls: avoiding client-contractor conflicts in archaeology in Scotland: a contractor’s perspective. Edinburgh: Historic Scotland. Restricted circulation paper. 7pp.
1995: {with Neighbour, T., Armit, I. and Finlayson, B.}  ‘A Roman Temporary Camp at Barnhill, Beattock, Dumfriesshire: Report on an Excavation and Watching Brief, 1991’, Trans Dumfries Galloway Nat Hist Antiq Soc, 1994/5, 7-12.  

1995: {with Finlayson, B.}  ‘Another North-South Divide?’, The Field Archaeologist, 23, 11-12.

1995: {with Holley, M. W.}  ‘Radiocarbon dates for two crannogs on the Isle of Mull, Strathclyde Region, Scotland’, Antiquity, 69, 595-596.

1995: {with Finlayson, B.}  ‘Over the Border’, British Architectural Profile 1995, 29. Macclesfield: McMillan Group.
1995: {with Bewley, Bob}  ‘Farewell to the Great Walls’, Fld Archaeol, 22, 7.

1994: {with Alexander, D. and Armit, I.}  ‘A post-medieval farmstead complex at Chapel Farm, near Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway’, Trans Dumfries Galloway Nat Hist Antiq Soc, 3rd ser, 57, 1992 (1994), 49-54.

1994:  ‘When popularity means stress’, British Archaeol News, NS, 14 (June 1994), 6-7.

1994: {with Collis, J. R. and Duval, A.}  ‘The Association Française pour l'Etude de l'Age du Fer and its Winchester meeting’, Antiquity, 68, 8.

1993: {with Thomas, R.)   ‘Introduction’, in eds Ralston, I. and Thomas, R. Environmental Assessment and Archaeology, vii - viii. Birmingham: Institute of  Field Archaeologists.

1992:  ‘Foreword’, in Audouze, Françoise and Büchsenschütz, O. E., Towns, Villages and Countryside of Celtic Europe, 9-13. London: Batsford.

1991:  ‘The Green Debate: what place archaeology?’, The Field Archaeologist, 15, 267-269.

1990: Contribution in: Hedges, R. E. M., Housley, R. A., Bronk, C. R. and van Klinken, G. J., ‘Radiocarbon dates from the Oxford AMS system: Archaeometry datelist 11’, Archaeometry, 32, part 2, 211-237. {comment by IBMR on Balbridie, pp. 216 - 217}

1988:  ‘Department of Archaeology; field projects by present and past members of the Department, 1927 – 87’, = Appendix 2, University of Edinburgh Department of Archaeology 34th Annual Report, 49-56.
1987:  ‘Green Castle, Portknockie, Grampian, Scotland’; ‘Levroux and Mont Beuvray, France’; ‘Reconstructing the Balbridie building’; ‘Vitrified ramparts, the burning question’, in ed. Watkins, T. F., From the Pieces of the Past: an introduction to archaeology, pp. 61, 62-63, 88-90 and 93-95. Edinburgh: Department of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.

1986: {with Tidy, Bill}  ‘Everything you always wanted to know about archaeological excavations but were afraid to ask’, British Archaeol News, 1, pt 2, 17-18. {subsequently used as a leaflet by the Council for British Archaeology}.

[1986: Field Safety Handbook. 46pp. Department of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh. Adopted, slightly amended, by HBMD, SDD, 1987]

1985: {with Gemmell, A. M. D.}  ‘Ice wedge polygons in North-East Scotland: a reply’, Scott Journ Geol, 21, 109-111.

1984:  ‘L'art celtique en Gaule’, Antiquity, 58, 60.

1984: {with Gemmell, A. M. D.}  ‘Some recent discoveries of ice-wedge cast networks in North-East Scotland’, Scott Journ Geol, 20, 115-118.

1983:  ‘The archaeology of drink’, Journal of Aberdeen University Geographical and Archaeological Society = Orb, 8.1, 27-28.
1983: ‘Vitrified walls’, Bulletin of Experimental Archaeology, 4, 10-11.

1981: {with Reynolds, N. M.}  ‘Final season of excavation at Balbridie’, The Times, 7th August. 

1981: {with Shepherd, I. A. G.}  ‘Early Grampian’, Popular Archaeology, 2, pt 11, 21-23.

1980: {with Stevenson, J. B., Shepherd, I. A. G. and Clarke, D. V.}  ‘Further notes’, Scott Archaeol Forum, 10, 74-79.

1979: {with Reynolds, N. M.}  ‘Britain's Oldest Building? An early timber structure on Deeside’, Scottish Review, 14, 17-22.

1979: Various articles under the direction of W. Ritchie on the archaeology and geography of Scotland for Everyman's Encyclopaedia. London: Dent.

1978: {with Reynolds, N. M.}  ‘Early Architectural Site’, The Times, 27th May.

1978: {with Shepherd, I. A. G.}  ‘Archaeological sites on the coastline between Inverness and Inverbervie’, in Ritchie, W. et al, The Beaches of North-East Scotland, 263-267. Aberdeen: Department of Geography, University of Aberdeen for the Countryside Commission for Scotland. 

1977: {with Fojut, N.}  ‘The Green Castle dig’, Leopard (Aberdeen), no 28, 30 - 31.

1977:  ‘Hill-forts and hill-fort defences’, Journal of Aberdeen University Geographical and Archaeological Society = Orb, 6.3, 113-119.

1976:  ‘Estimate of the effort involved in the construction of the Stones of Stenness, Orkney’, = Appendix 10, 52-54 in Ritchie, J. N. G., ‘The Stones of Stenness’, Proc Soc Antiq Scot, 107, 1975-6, 1-60.

1976:  ‘Distribution maps in Scottish archaeology’, Journal of Aberdeen University Geographical and Archaeological Society = Orb, 6.2, 53-57.

1975: Compte rendu of "Iron Age fortifications in Haut-Berri" [= undergraduate dissertation], Cahiers d'Archéologie et d'Histoire du Berry, 40, 78.

1974: {with Simpson, G. G.}  ‘Archaeology in Scotland’, Rescue News, 8, 5-6.