Highland Regional ScARF

The ScARF project (Scottish Archaeology Research Framework) assessed what the current state of archaeology in Scotland was in early 2010s, looking at what we know, where we have gaps in the knowledge and suggesting research areas for future work. This has been set up as a wiki-based publication on the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland website.

The Scottish Archaeology Strategy recommended that this be extended to focus on regions, recognising that many regional differences are not catered for in the national ScARF. ARCH will be leading a 3 year project looking at Highland archaeology from earliest settlers through to 20th century. The focus is fairly simple but ambitious and exciting: assessing what the state of knowledge is at the moment, how we differ from national ScARF, what regional differences exist within the Highlands, and suggesting research areas for future work. At the end we will have a valuable snapshot of Highland archaeology, which can be compared to the national picture, and also added to. The structure will mirror that of national ScARF, but we have the option of including cross-cutting panels.

We will start with a symposium on 2nd / 3rd June at Council Headquarters in Inverness where speakers will provide a brief overview of what is known at present and what we need to know. This is open to everyone. Details will be available in the ARCH Events calendar and soon in the Document Library. After this panels will be created, and people will be invited to contribute. At the Highland Archaeology Festival in October we will have an update on where we have got to in the first months.

Alongside this work, in the first year and a half, a researcher will be working on the data including HER and Canmore records as well as other sources.

The aim to be as inclusive as possible, drawing in work and thoughts from council archaeologists, academics, museums, community groups, educational groups like the U3A and WEA, commercial units and individuals. So if you have any research to contribute or ideas of areas to explore, do get in touch with Susan on info@archhighland.org.uk. ARCH's previous project, Community Timelines, showed how much information and research local communities can contribute.

At the end of three years, the Highland Regional ScARF will be available from the National ScARF website.

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