POTIGAIRE PRESS was launched by SASAA in the summer of 2007. It introduces two series of booklets on archaeological science and popular archaeology:
The logo of Potigaire Press is Master Brun, a potigaire (potijaire or apothecary in Scots, who lived and practised in Stirling in the late 15th century. His image is depicted in the Erskine Manuscript (17th century). Master Brun and his contemporaries experimented with alchemy but also were the dispensers of medicines. He epitomises Scotland's traditional emphasis on education and training, learning and good practice based on observation and analysis, but with compassion and willingness to assimilate and disseminate the benefits received.
This series of archaeological science-based reports aims to reinterpret and disseminate 'grey' literature. They are available either on CD or as a hard copy. These booklets are more than simple archival reports - each sets the scientific data within its archaeological context.
Potigaire Reports also explore archaeological and historical materials but with methodologies extending beyond those of conventional chemical analysis. They show that archaeological practice is a methodology which can be used outside the excavation and to highlight these areas, some less obvious than others.
Our popular topic of Archaeological Practice in Primary Schools will also be addressed in this Potigaire series.
These reports are addressed to the interested public, archaeology professionals and postgraduate students in the fields of archaeology, environmental and geo-sciences. The reports in this series are peer-reviewed.
Available and Forthcoming titles:
This series of pocket-sized booklets presents accessible guides to the archaeology and history of an area highlighting materials and/or practices that are are particular to the locality in question. The books are designed as 'off the beaten track' walking or touring guides and are illustrated with a large number of colour photographs and detailed maps, with an easy to read and informative style.
The series sets the archaeological or historical attractions within the landscape and in so doing aims to revive landscapes that have either disappeared or wait to be re-explored by interested locals and visitors. The authors know the areas in question intimately and this is clearly reflected in the guidebooks.
The booklets are intended for the interested public at large (both local residents and visitors), as well as students of archaeology, history or local culture and technology.