The Perth and Kinross Archaeology Research Framework (PKARF) is managed by Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust with the aim of creating an Archaeological Research Framework for the Perth and Kinross local authority region. The Framework assesses the state of our existing knowledge about the past in Perth and Kinross through the archaeological record. From this benchmark, it then identifies knowledge gaps and establishes a series of research questions and priorities that can be used to appropriately and economically direct future archaeological research (whether developer, academic or community led).
PKARF is designed to complement the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF), offering a finer resolution picture that better informs our understanding of past human activity at both regional and national levels.
To create a regional framework that is relevant and functional, helping to make the historic environment a value adding resource which enriches people’s lives and strengthens communities through sense of place, identity and education.
PKARF Key Priorities:
1. Produce a resource that assists Development Control and the commercial/planning archaeology sector;
2. Review and publish concise & accessible summaries of current knowledge;
3. Produce clearly defined research objectives/priorities to underpin future work;
4. Raise awareness of the historic environment & encourage public engagement with it.
The project is divided into three phases:
1. Assessment: Identifying Extent of Knowledge (Aug 2018-19);
2. Review: Establish Priorities (Aug 2019-20);
3. Production: Creation of Framework (Aug 2020-21).
PKARF seeks to involve as many different stakeholders and users as possible. If you would like to share knowledge or data, nominate case studies, comment or review draft documents, or find out more about the project please visit the Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust Website to find out more!