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.

Regional Archaeological Research Framework for Argyll

The first of our regional research frameworks, funded by Historic Environment Scotland and made in collaboration with Kilmartin Museum, is available here.


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Case Study of the month

Artefact Biographies: Three Beakers from Upper Largie in Kilmartin Museum

Excavations at Upper Largie Quarry in Kilmartin Glen have revealed abundant and extraordinary evidence of prehistoric ritual and burial activity. This case study explores three of Britain’s earliest Beaker vessels!

Student Network

For many years ScARF has encouraged research through our Student Research Bursary scheme, open to any undergraduate or postgraduate students 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.

Student Bursary Report

ScARF sponsored six students and ECR’s to attend the Scotland’s Islands Research Framework symposium in Shetland back in September 2019. Read about the experience of them all in our Student report pages, including this report by Gavin Douglas, a PhD researcher from Stirling University.

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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