The South East Scotland Archaeological Research Framework (SESARF) covers 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 the initial stage of the project was managed and delivered by Wessex Archaeology Scotland.
Started in 2017, 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).
During the initial workshops and subsequent analysis of the discussions, a range of priorities were identified. These have been used to develop a set of core themes common to all period chapters. SESARF is not restricted to these themes but as a starting point they have aided the development of the draft period chapters. These currently comprise:
- Settlements / Domesticity
- Religion / Ritual
- Industry / Trade
Sub-themes were added and developed by a Working Group, and a wide range of sub-themes are discussed as required under each core theme heading. Upon completion, SESARF will be accessible through the ScARF website.