SESARF Symposium

We are currently working on the final stages of the South East Scotland Archaeological Research Framework (SESARF) project, and are hosting a one-day symposium on 20th May 2023 at Augustine United Church, Edinburgh. This event will offer you the chance to be involved in the consultation stage of creating SESARF. There will be opportunities for discussion, questions and feedback relating to the SESARF chapters and research questions. We will explore SESARF through chronological sessions and are keen to hear feedback on the draft chapters of the framework.

Click here to register for the symposium! 

A green, grass covered hillfort with clear ridges photographed in a landscape of fields, trees and country roads. The sky is blue with thick, white clouds.
Castlelaw Hillfort © ScARF


The drafts for SESARF’s chronological chapters will be available to view by the end of April. In the meantime, we are looking to capture people’s priorities for future research in the SESARF region. These submissions will help to structure the framework, as well as guiding future research in this area.

Please take part in our short survey to contribute what you believe to be key archaeological research questions for the SESARF area of study (City of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders), or broader questions that you would like to see addressed or tackled in the future.


SESARF will cover the local authority areas of the City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. It is led by the South East Scotland Archaeology Partnership (SESAP), namely the local archaeology services of East Lothian Council, City of Edinburgh Council, and Scottish Borders Council, and supported by the ScARF project at the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. This regional research framework is designed to provide more clarity and regional details than could be discussed in the broader Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF).

Please get in touch if you have any questions about the event or framework. 

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