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.

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

Latest News –

Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland 2023 Out Now!

We are happy to present ‘Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland 2023’, a showcase of exciting work from across the country and an update on the delivery of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy. 2023 marks the sixth issue as well as the launch of Our Past, Our Future (OPOF), the new strategy for Scotland’s historic environment. Featuring a range of work taking place across the country, the magazine themes follow the main priorities of OPOF: delivering the transition to net zero, empowering resilient and inclusive communities, and building a wellbeing economy.

Highlights this year include investigations into Iron Age communities in Assynt, conservation of a historic marine vessel and a feature on the Scottish Community Heritage Alliance. Read about this first-hand and stay updated on current archaeology by downloading for free here.

Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland 2023 Call for Content

Our call for content for the 2023 issue of Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland is now live! This is the sixth issue, following on from our successful previous issues of our annual review over the past five years and our five-year review, all which can be found on the website. 2023 also marks the launch of Our Past, Our Future: The Strategy for Scotland’s Historic Environment, which has informed the themes for this year’s magazine.

More information can be found on our call for content and note for contributors’ pages.

Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland in 2022 Launched!

Our annual report, Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland 2022, is now available. This is the fifth issue of the magazine, which is the annual report for Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy. Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland showcases the great work taking place across Scotland and promotes how people from all corners of the heritage sector are delivering the aims of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy. This year’s issue covers a wide variety of subjects, from project updates and new research, to changes in heritage practice that will have a wide reaching impact on Scottish Archaeology.

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.