Regional Research Frameworks

This is where you will be able to access all of the Regional Archaeological Research Frameworks as they become available from Summer 2017 onwards. To keep up to date with the latest news regarding when frameworks are due to appear, you may want to sign up to our monthly e-newsletter at

Scottish Frameworks currently underway: 

These frameworks have been part funded by Historic Environment Scotland through ScARF. They will be available as part of ScARF and will tie into the national framework.  

  • Regional Archaeological Research Framework for Argyll (RARFA). Covers the local authority area of Argyll and Bute. Led by Kilmartin Museum. Started November 2015 and published December 2017 at
  • South East Scotland Archaeological Research Framework (SESARF). Covers the local authority areas of the City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. 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. Began in June 2017 and due to complete by June 2019. The SESARF project website can be found at
  • Perth and Kinross - due to begin April 2018 and led by Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust
  • Highland - due to begin April 2018 and led by ARCH
  • Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles - due to begin April 2018 and led by UHI
The following 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.