April 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! April 2019


We are recruiting for a part-time ScARF Project Officer to join the team!

Please see https://www.socantscot.org/appointments/the-society-is-recruiting-for-a-new-scarf-project-officer/ for all the details. 

The closing date for application is the 22nd April 2019. 


To celebrate the end of the ScARF Museums project, we are hosting two days of free events at the Discovery Centre, Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire on the 16th and 17th April. Please get in touch to find our more and to secure your place.


The Perth and Kinross Archaeology Research Framework (PKARF) has a new website! Take a look here to find out more about the project.

Save the date of the 30th August 2019 if you are interested in joining us for the Priorities in Progess conference to be held in Perth. More details will be announced soon.

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