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Ian B M Ralston Aberdeen Archaeological Surveys

551 193

Description Ian B M Ralston Aberdeen Archaeological Surveys

Date 1977 to 1984

Collection Ian B M Ralston Aberdeen Archaeological Surveys

Catalogue Number 551 193

Category All Other

Scope and Content The Ian B M Ralston Aberdeen Archaeological Surveys Collection (Accession No. 2005/218). A large collection of approximately 2550 negatives of aerial photographs taken by I B M Ralston, Edinburgh University and I A G Shepherd, Aberdeenshire Archaeological Surveys.

Archive History The archive was originally held by Professor I B M Ralston and was transferred to RCAHMS for digitisation and cataloguing.

System of Arrangement This negative collection was originally scanned in 2006 in chronological order. Two folders with accompanying contact prints and flight notes are also chronologically ordered by flying year. Maps, transcriptions, meteoreological observations and newscuttings are also included in the two folders.

Related Material Being researched

Access Conditions Access is unrestricted. Accessible via the internet through RCAHMS catalogue, Canmore.

Administrative History In 1975, the newly formed Grampian Regional Council appointed Ian A G Shepherd to the new post of Regional Archaeologist. Shortly after, he began a programme of aerial reconnaissance in partnership with Ian B M Ralston, Lecturer in Geography/ Archaeology at the University of Aberdeen (1977-1985). Between 1976 and 1985, Aberdeen Aerial Surveys undertook extensive aerial reconnaissance and photography across north-east Scotland during a series of very dry summers when returns from cropmarking were excellent.

Finding Aids The RCAHMS catalogue, Canmore can be used to search for particular sites or to give an overview of the entire Collection.

Accruals No further accruals are expected.

Accession Number 2005/218


Collection Hierarchy - Collection Level

Collection Level (551 193) Ian B M Ralston Aberdeen Archaeological Surveys

Preview Category Catalogue Number Title Date Level
All Other 551 193/10 Aerial Photographic Survey 1985 Group Level
All Other 551 193/1 Aerial Photographic Survey 1977 Group Level
All Other 551 193/5 Aerial Photographic Survey 1980 Group Level
All Other 551 193/3 Aerial Photographic Survey 1978 Group Level
All Other 551 193/4 Aerial Photographic Survey 1979 Group Level
All Other 551 193/6 Aerial Photographic Survey 1981 Group Level
All Other 551 193/8 Aerial Photographic Survey 1983 Group Level
All Other 551 193/7 Aerial Photographic Survey 1982 Group Level
All Other 551 193/9 Aerial Photographic Survey 1984 Group Level

People and Organisations