A review into how Historic Scotland supports, funds and utilises archaeology
was concluded in early 2012.
It looked at the scope of the archaeology work the agency commissions
how it supports projects across the country and how the resulting evidence is used in our understanding
of our history, the properties in our care and the way we present information to visitors.
By delivering the review’s recommendations Historic Scotland will develop
its role to champion the archaeology sector.
A dedicated forum to represent the sector and influence related policy
will be created in due course.
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approaches for moving forward
The final aim for the current project is to try and find the most appropriate
outcome for each of the projects on the ‘inactive’ list, with the objective of clearing all projects.
Our initial thrust targets the original project managers or their executors,
and / or the most obvious or available inheritor, aiming to establish whether the project can still
be considered worthy of publication why the project stalled and help to find a way to re-activate their
projects. Where there is no obvious owner or inheritor of a project, or where the condition or importance
of the project archive are insufficient to merit pushing for publication, other options will be pursued.
For many, the major outcome will result in the project archive deposited
in Scotland’s national archaeological archive, held by RCAHMS
, and made accessible
to the public through Canmore
, and finds allocated through the Treasure
system. This should enable the conservation and accessibility of these assemblages of data
for future use by researchers who will no doubt approach these projects from a different angle and will
see more or new merit which our current position does not allow.
Once projects have been archived, we are exploring further work on these
by promoting their accessibility to undergraduate and post-graduate students to use as they (and their
academic supervisors) see fit. We also hope to work with colleagues from across the sector to identify
Scotland’s wider legacy of incomplete projects to see how we can collectively release locked knowledge
for current and future generations.