Our Projects

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Adopt-a-Monument is a nation-wide Community Archaeology scheme that provides volunteer groups with the practical advice and training they need to care and conserve their local heritage. The project encourages groups to get involved in hands-on activities to improve the condition, accessibility and interpretation of their chosen site.

Broch of Gurness, Orkney (Copyright Jane Bunting) Discovery and excavation in Scotland

Discovery and excavation in Scotland (DES), the annual journal of Archaeology Scotland, is an accessible, comprehensive, up-to-date and invaluable guide to archaeological work being undertaken across Scotland and is an important source of information for everyone with an interest in the archaeology of Scotland. It is sent free of charge each year to Archaeology Scotland members who choose enhanced membership.

Approaching the Broch of Gurness, Orkney (Copyright Jane Bunting) From the Ground Up

The From the Ground Up project, which ran until March 2015, allowed our established journal - Discovery and excavation in Scotland to be developed as a fully accessible, rapid reporting online journal.

Learning outdoors adds to the fun of the Heritage Heroes project Heritage Heroes

Heritage Heroes is an Outreach Project which gives pupils the opportunity to explore their local heritage with the help and expertise of local community groups.

Creative Scotland funded Homeland Argyll and Bute

Homeland Argyll and Bute was an innovative collaborative project linking rural communities with our national festival, Scottish Archaeology Month and other events to support and train local groups to share their experiences of engaging with archaeology using new media.

Families digging at St Ninians Kirk, Stirling Jacobites in Stirling

As 2015 was the 300th anniversary of the 1715 Jacobite rebellion, including the Battle of Sheriffmuir, our project aimed to highlight some Jacobite activity in Dunblane and Stirling by conducting community digs. This was a great opportunity for local volunteers and schoolchildren to learn about their heritage and 'have a go at being an archaeologist'. The sites we chose, in partnership with Stirling Council, were Allanbank House in Dunblane and St Ninian’s Kirk in Stirling. The project would commemorate the Jacobite uprisings of 1715 and 1745 through a mixture of archaeological digs, storytelling, history, metal detecting and digital recordings.

A mature oak tree growing over an old field boundary shows its age. Rural land use

There are over 200,000 archaeological and historic sites in Scotland, most of which are in rural areas. Only c6% of these have statutory protection as Scheduled Monuments or Listed Buildings and normal farming and forestry operations are exempt from the planning process. The following pages and links give advice to farmers, foresters and the general public on how historic environment features and landscapes can best be looked after as part of good rural land management.

Scottish Archaeology Month logo Scottish Archaeology Month

Scottish Archaeology Month promotes hundreds of events taking place all over Scotland. From the Shetlands to the Scottish Borders, there are free talks, tours, exhibitions, workshops and hands-on events to help you discover some of the amazing archaeology on your doorstep. 

Graveyard survey at Kilvickeon Old Parish Church Scottish Graveyards

Graveyards represent one of the nation's most tangible links to its past. Although burial grounds are a familiar part of our historic landscape, surprisingly little is known about the range of burial sites which survive the sorts of gravestones and features they contain, and how well this important resource is faring against the effects of time and the elements. Scotland's Historic Graveyards web resource provides the resources groups need to take on all aspects of graveyard recording and conservation.

One of the many upstanding buildings which still survive at RAF Fearn Women at War

The project aims to work with volunteers in recording the disused Fearn Airfield and associated camp in Ross and Cromarty in the Scottish Highlands, with a particular emphasis on the role of women at the base. 



Scanned image of view W showing excavation works during construction for gun No.1  (9.2”) at the South Sutor, Cromarty. The brick foundations for the magazine area are visible.   SC910816. Copyright RCHAMS: Crown Copyright World War 1

Welcome to the Archaeology Scotland pages to commemorate the centenary of The Great War (1914 to 1918). Here we hope you will be inspired to get involved in contributing to our understanding of the archaeological evidence for WW1 in Scotland and the stories it tells.