Regional Research Frameworks

Following the creation of a national Scottish Archaeological Research Framework in 2012, the next stage of the ScARF project is to focus on creating regional frameworks for Scotland. 

These regional frameworks will complement the national ScARF but will focus on assessing the state of knowledge in each region and how it differs from the national picture. They will highlight key regional differences and future research priorities in each geographical area.

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Scottish Frameworks currently underway: 

Currently five regional research frameworks have been part-funded by Historic Environment Scotland and are being managed through ScARF. The aim is that when complete all will be available as part of ScARF website and will tie directly into the national framework. These research frameworks are a key part of Scotland's Archaeology Strategy 

  • Regional Archaeological Research Framework for Argyll (RARFA). This is the first regional framework to be completed! It covers the local authority area of Argyll and Bute and the project was sed by Kilmartin Museum. The framework was published in December 2017 and is available at
  • South East Scotland Archaeological Research Framework (SESARF). This framework covers the local authority areas of the City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. It is led by the South East Scotland Archaeology Partnership (SESAP, namely East Lothian Council, City of Edinburgh Council, and Scottish Borders Council) and project managed by Wessex Archaeology Scotland. The development of this framework began in June 2017 and is due to be completed by June 2019. The SESARF project website can be found at
  • Highland Archaeology Research Framework (HighARF) This three year project began in April 2018 with an opening Symposium held in Inverness in June 2018. The project is led by Archaeology for Community in the Highlands (ARCH) and further information can be found at
  • Scotland's Island Research Framework for Archaeology (SIRFA - Western Isles, Shetland and Orkney) got underway in July 2018 and is be led by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). The first year will concentrate on developing a framework for the Western Isles, the second year will be devoted to Shetland and the final year will culminate in Orkney. Visit their website to find out more.
  • Perth and Kinross Archaeology Research Framework (PKARF) - began in August 2018 and led by Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust - visit the PKARF webpage here
The following regional frameworks are not part of ScARF in the same way as those above, but are essential reading for their respective areas and ScARF will endeavour to tie into them where possible.