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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 at the 2014 IfA Conference

ScARF was at the Institute for Archaeologists conference in Glasgow from Wednesday the 9th to Friday the 11th of April. The theme for this years event was 'Research in Practice', so perfect for ScARF!

The banner at the conference highlighted how ScARF is already being widely used to direct research and come up with new ideas and ways of thinking. You can download the banner as a pdf (11MB).

Science in Scottish archaeology: realising the vision

March 2014: The Science panel of the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF) set out an exciting vision for science in Scottish archaeology. The ambition is for archaeological science in Scotland to be a world-leader, achieved through partnership and collaboration, and building on existing strengths and expertise. The vision outlines the need to increase scientific research capacity in Scotland, create a network of specialists willing to work together, and hold workshops addressing ‘hot-spot’ areas of archaeological science. We are now working collaboratively on steps towards realising this vision.

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