Saville Grant

The Alan Saville Grant

Alan Saville, who sadly passed away in 2016, was a renowned prehistorian who contributed substantially to lithic studies and Holocene prehistory. His many contributions included landmark work at Grimes Graves and his role in the recognition of the Upper Palaeolithic of Scotland.

Alan on Hambledon Hill in the 1970’s.

He was known for his meticulous nature, with works characterised by immaculate illustrations and photographs, a commitment to scientific rigour, and wariness to never stray too far from the data in making interpretations.

He was a founding member of the Lithic Studies Society, contributed to the service of various other organisations, and ultimately became the President of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland. In his will, he kindly bequeathed a substantial sum of money to the Lithic Studies Society, and from which the society has been able to establish the Alan Saville Grant.

The Alan Saville Grant is intended to encourage engagement with a wider audience by supporting lithics research undertaken by individuals or community groups. Projects may involve the study of collections, fieldwalking, excavations, or other activities (e.g. conference and workshop organisation) if a case is made. Please note that the Society particularly welcomes applications from amateurs, community groups, independent researchers, or those working alongside these groups, and collaborative and joint applications are encouraged. It is expected that applicants are members of the LSS, though no minimum membership period is required. The grant can be used to support activities in the UK or abroad.

Alan working on finds from Howburn in 2014.

This year, the Society will fund one or more applicants up to total of £500. To apply for the grant, please complete the application form and email it to Dr Rob Davis (email hidden; JavaScript is required). The deadline for applications is Friday 1st March. Successful applicants will be required to provide a breakdown of costs and a brief report on the activity support by the grant. The latter will be published in the Society’s annual journal, Lithics.