9.1 Introduction: the challenge of working with the Iron Age

The volume of work that has been undertaken on Iron Age Scotland since the late 19th century has built up a substantial corpus of information about individual sites and artefacts. The Iron Age is data-rich and the increasing availability of such data means that it has the potential to offer exciting and challenging future research opportunities, but at the same time poses a range of practical issues. These include excavation, survey and recovery methods, as well as publication strategies and archiving. Advances have been made in the accessibility and integration of data, though further work is required to fully enable researchers to explore the wealth of Iron Age material.