February 2019

The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework

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! February 2019


The latest edition of the ScARF e-newlsetter is now available here. Take a look to hear about all the latest news!


The opening symposium for Scotland's Island Research Framework of Archaeology or SIRFA took place from the 7th - 11th January 2019 in North Uist and Benbecula. Thank you to everyone who was able to make the trip and took part in the workshops. All the notes and discussions from the sessions are being written up and will form the basis for the new Western Isles framework. Check out the SIRFA website for more information or get in touch if you would like to be involved in the project. 











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