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1st Annual MacMhuirich Symposium

Dr. David H. Caldwell

Dr David H. Caldwell is Keeper of the Department of Scotland and Europe in National Museums Scotland, and also currently Interim Keeper of the Department of Archaeology. He studied archaeology at Edinburgh University, graduating in 1973, and was awarded his doctorate from the same university for a study of the early use of guns in Scotland. His entire career has been spent in the National Museums.

In the 1990s he directed excavations at Finlaggan in Islay, the centre of the lordship of the Isles. Since then he has gone on to research the archaeology and history of Islay, resulting in two books: Islay, Jura and Colonsay: a historical guide (2001), and Islay, the land of the Lordship (2008).

He has recently undertaken research on the Lewis Chessmen, leading to a book co-authored with M A Hall and C Wilkinson, The Lewis Chessmen Unmasked (2010) and a travelling exhibition currently in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. His other research interests include the Kingdom of the Isles and medieval West Highland sculpture.