August 2016

The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework website

The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF) reflects the current state of knowledge regarding Scotland’s past. As understanding of the past changes, so too will ScARF. It should be seen as a live document that will be constantly updated, edited and improved. The people developing ScARF are the people who use it: those who research Scotland’s past for enjoyment, employment, or frequently both.

ScARF is therefore not a routine publication as it is one that is revised from day one. It is also multi-authored and necessarily multi-disciplinary, reflecting the variety of approaches and people who conduct research into the past. ScARF is therefore subject to an ongoing process of review. The formulation of the framework required a considerable amount of work from across and beyond the Scottish heritage sector, and was therefore continually peer-reviewed during the process of creation. That work formed the basis for ScARF, and it is now open to everyone to review, improve and develop.


New! Future Thinking on Carved Stones in Scotland is out now and available to view at http://www.scottishheritagehub.com/content/future-thinking-carved-stones-scotland

Panel Report Chronology and Downloads

Here you can see the period in time that is meant by each panel report as well as download the .pdf file for each one.

Approx. dates covered Panel Download link File size
12,700 BC - 4,100 BC Palaeolithic and Mesolithic  download the .pdf (4.52MB)
4,100 BC - 2,500 BC Neolithic .download the .pdf (6.36MB)
2,500 BC - 800 BC Chalcolithic and Bronze Age download the .pdf (6.27MB)
800 BC - AD 400 Iron Age  download the .pdf (4.48MB)
AD 77 - AD 211 Roman  download the .pdf (5.65MB)
AD 400 - 1500 Medieval  download the .pdf (7.2MB)
1500 onwards Modern  download the .pdf (5.05MB)
n\a Science  download the .pdf (4.50MB)
n\a Marine and Maritime  download the .pdf

(5.20MB)

You can download Telling Scotland's Story from here (English version) and here (Gaidhlig version).

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