Highland Archaeological Research Framework

The Highland Archaeology Research Framework (HighARF) is three year project led by Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH) to create a regional research framework for the Highland Council region. The aim is to provide a picture of what is known about Highland archaeology from earliest settlers through to 20th century, and identify research gaps and future questions. Work began in April 2018 with an opening Symposium held in Inverness in June 2018 where an impressive line-up of speakers provided an overview of what is known at present and research objectives for the future. If you missed out on this event- or would like a re-cap, the talks have just been made available online here! The first year of the project concentrated on gathering and improving the known data shared on the Highland regional Historic Environment Record, while during the second year draft chronological chapters and case studies were being written.

We are now in the final year of the project and delighted to announce that the first draft chapters for our Highland Archaeological Research Framework – Palaeolithic/Mesolithic & Medieval – as well as an impressive selection of case studies, are now available for consultation online here on the ARCH website.

Please do check in regularly, as more chapters will be added in the coming weeks, following detailed comments from key contributors.

Your feedback is very welcome! We would really appreciate it if you could take the time to review these draft documents – are there key examples missing? Can you identify additional research gaps? Don’t miss out on your opportunity to contribute! All comments on this first batch of draft chapters should be emailed to archhighland@googlemail.com by 31st December 2020.

The final Highland Archaeological Research Framework will be published on the ScARF website upon completion summer 2021!

The project is supported by Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers Scotland (ALGAO). The project is funded by Historic Environment Scotland with support from Highland Council Further information can be found at on the ARCH website.

 

 

Dunbeath Broch ©ScARF

“The aim is to provide a picture of what is known about Highland archaeology from earliest settlers through to 20th century, and identify research gaps and future questions”