How information is presented in the Inventory
Historic Environment Scotland aims to provide concise and accessible reports which draw together all the research undertaken and clearly indicate why a battlefield is of national importance. These reports include a map showing an Inventory boundary which encompasses the key elements of the battlefield.
Individual inventory descriptions and maps will be amended from time to time to reflect new evidence, changing knowledge and improved understanding of the site in question.
Each Inventory report describes the battlefield and the reasons for its inclusion. This includes a summary of the battle and its historical context, a succinct indication of its importance for each selection factor and an explanation of the area defined by the Inventory map. The selection factors are: historical association; physical remains and archaeological potential; cultural associations; and landscape context. Sometimes more detailed information is provided in support of the summary, though this is not available in every case.
At the end of each report, there is a list of key source material and references to aid further research and for educational use.
The Inventory map indicates the extent of the battlefield, defining the overall area considered to be of interest on the basis of research undertaken. It includes the area where the main events of the battle are thought to have taken place, where associated physical remains and archaeological evidence occur or may be expected, and where additional landscape components, such as strategic viewpoints, may lie.