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.
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||
The Scottish Group of CIfA and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland present a workshop on using ScARF effectively in day to day archaeological work.
In our last e-newsletter, as well as through our website, Twitter feed and mailing lists, we invited people to complete our 2015 user survey. The survey received 97 responses in total and the report on the results is available for download here.