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 

Latest News –

Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland in 2021 Launched!

Click Here to read about and view our latest issue of Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland – This is the fourth issue of the magazine, which acts as the annual report of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy and showcases the great work taking place across Scotland and promotes how people from all corners of the heritage sector are delivering the aims of the Archaeology Strategy. Articles range across a wide variety of subjects, from project updates and new research to changes in heritage practice that will have a wide reaching impact.

‘As archaeologists, we are good at harnessing innovative techniques to help us understand the past and to share that knowledge with new and existing audiences under changing circumstances. In this report, we dip into diverse subjects ranging from the community recording of prehistoric Rock Art to graffiti, from gaming to football, from the distilling of illicit whisky to poetry.’ – Andrew Heald, SSAC Chair

A peak inside the Magazine – check it out here!

Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy – Five Year Review 2015-2020 launched

Thursday the 4th of March saw the launch of a review of the first five years of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy, looking back at what has been achieved and celebrating some of the best moment of the past five years. You can find out more and download a copy here .

Infographic showing various facts and figures about Scotland's Archaeology Sector.
Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy in Numbers.

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.