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 –

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 we intend this to be as inclusive as possible. Scotland’s archaeological heritage should reflect the past and present diversity of its population, but this will require 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 need to ensure that:

  • All members of our archaeological community are treated with fairness, dignity and respect
  • We will not discriminate on grounds of ‘protected characteristics’ as defined in statute: age, disability, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or gender reassignment
  • We will challenge inequalities and seek to remove barriers to inequality 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.