Welcome to Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy


Our Vision 2025 – To Make Archaeology Matter

We want to live in a Scotland where archaeology is for everyone! A place where the study of the past offers opportunities for us now and in the future to discover, care for, promote and enjoy our rich and diverse heritage, contributing to our wellbeing and knowledge and helping to tell Scotland’s stories in their global context.

This Strategy has been developed by the Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee, following a consultation in 2015.

Download the Strategy here 

Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland 2020: call for papers –

We are currently collating content for Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland 2020, the third report on the delivery of the Strategy. Click here for more information.

Our second report on the delivery of the Strategy, Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland 2019 launched in October 2019.

Latest News –

Re-imagining Scottish Archaeology: structure, funding and delivery

The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) has launched the report for ‘Re-imagining Scottish Archaeology: structure, funding and delivery’ in August 2020. The summary report includes an outline of the facilitated discussions which took place over the course of three workshops and recommendations for next steps. The project is timely with the current and future challenges the sector now faces. One clear message from the workshops is that the sector valued having a space to conduct wide ranging discussions with multiple stakeholders and repeating this approach is something CIfA and the Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee will explore going forwards.

You can download the report here (pdf 237 kb), along with the appendices – 1. Project Summary (pdf. 653 kb), 2. Workshop Agendas (pdf. 180KB), 3. Review of Twitter Discussion (pdf 579kb) and 4. Summary of workshop feedback (pdf. 151kb)

Impacts and Benefits of Archaeological Learning

New report now available, commissioned by the Strategy’s Archaeology and Learning Working Group, on the Impacts and Benefits of Archaeological Learning. Download the report here.

Equality and Diversity Statement –

When we say We want a Scotland where archaeology is for everyone this means it will be inclusive. Scotland’s archaeological heritage will reflect the past and present diversity of its population, and this will allow everyone who seeks to experience, enjoy, study or work in archaeology to find a place for themselves in its practice. Those committed to delivering the Strategy must ensure that:

  • All members of our archaeological community and stakeholders are treated with fairness, dignity and respect
  • We uphold and value ‘protected characteristics’ and so will not discriminate on grounds of, including but not limited to, age, disability, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or gender reassignment
  • We will challenge inequalities and remove barriers to equality and diversity in archaeological activities.

Radiocarbon dating: A new guide for applicants –

This document provides step by step guidance on how to apply for radiocarbon dates from the Archaeological Science Manager at Historic Environment Scotland.

It covers eligibility criteria, sample selection, the application process, receiving and quoting results, as well as information on how the results will be disseminated in the National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE). Download the guide here.