Scottish Archaeological Research Framework

The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework is designed to be the go-to research resource for Scottish archaeology, one which provides an overview of the subject and also a set of useful and relevant research questions for everyone to use.

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Regional Research Frameworks

Regional frameworks complement the national ScARF but focus on assessing the state of knowledge in each region and how it differs from the national picture.

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Future Thinking on Carved Stones

Our appreciation of the past relies heavily on the survival of stone monuments, buildings and landscape features. They shape our sense of place and identity. This Framework aims to link, inspire, mobilize and direct the efforts of anyone with an interest in carved stone monuments in Scotland.

Highland Archaeological Research Framework

The latest regional research framework, funded by Historic Environment Scotland and made in collaboration with Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH) and Highland Council is now available here.

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Case Study of the Month

Scotland’s Rock Art Project (ScRAP)

Scotland’s Rock Art Project is a five year programme to record, research and raise awareness of prehistoric rock carvings across the country. Working with local communities, ScRAP has drawn attention to the significance of carved stones and the importance of preserving these enigmatic remains of the past. Read our case study to find out more about the the project.

Student Network

ScARF aims to encourage and support research through our Student and ECR Research Bursary scheme.

This is open to undergraduate, postgraduate students and ECR’s studying or working within Scottish Archaeology.

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Tracing the Lines: Grooved Ware Catalogue

The Historic Environment Scotland-funded project Tracing the Lines: Uncovering Grooved Ware Trajectories in Neolithic Scotland, coordinated by Drs Alex Gibson and Mike Copper of the University of Bradford, aimed to investigate the nature and timing of the spread of Grooved Ware beyond Orkney. You can Download the database created as part of the project here.

ECR Research – Case Studies

The newest addition to the Student Network, this section aims to provide a platform for Early Career Researchers to share exciting and innovative research covering all aspects of Scottish archaeology

ScARF Skills Workshops

Collaborating with museums and experts, ScARF organises one-day skills workshops designed for any individuals who are involved with, or has an interest in museum collections and archaeological research in Scotland. Find out more information about past and future workshops here.

ScARF is managed by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and grant funded by Historic Environment Scotland as a key part of its commitment to Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy.

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