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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, October 19.

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

She 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 18 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.

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’.

Doors open at Pictavia at 7 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.