A ten year archaeology strategy for Scotland was unveiled at the European Association of Archaeologists conference in Glasgow on September 2nd, 2015. Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy was developed by the Archaeology Strategy team in partnership with the Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee and colleagues across the sector.
The Strategy takes its lead from Our Place in Time, the Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland
(2014) and is looking at the way in which archaeology contributes to the vision for the Historic Environment.
The Strategy worked with Going Further: the National Strategy for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries
, cognisant of the key role that Museums play in the investigation, curation and celebration of our archaeological heritage.
This is intended to be Strategy for Scotland. In developing and promoting the strategy, Historic Scotland recognises its own responsibility to provide co-ordinated leadership and encourage and promote partnerships.
The ethos behind the strategy is to make archaeology matter, ensuring that it plays a key role in our understanding of Scottish place-making and identity, enriching and improving the quality of people’s lives.
Read Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy online at http://archaeologystrategy.scot/
Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee
The Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee
was established in Autumn 2013. Comprising people with differing areas of expertise who can contribute to the development of the strategy, it is chaired by Professor Stephen Driscoll, who is Professor of Historical Archaeology at Glasgow University and a member of Historic Scotland’s Advisory Board.
Archaeology Strategy Team
The Archaeology Strategy Team was established in Autumn 2012. Originally
part of the Policy Directorate in Historic Scotland (now the Historic Environment Policy Unit of Scottish
Government) the Team is now part of the Chief Executive’s Group.
The team comprises, from left to right:
Rod McCullagh: Deputy Head of Archaeology Strategy
Dr Lisa Brown: Archaeology Manager
Dr Rebecca Jones: Head of Archaeology Strategy
Mike Elliot: Business Officer
The team has responsibility for the development and implementation of
Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy, working with the Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee and colleagues
across the sector. The team is also responsible for the management of the Archaeology Programme – Historic
Scotland’s investment in archaeology – working closely with colleagues in the Investments
and Grants team. Some 60 projects per year are supported through the Archaeology Programme and you can
find out more about archaeology funds on our website
In addition to grants and commissions we run a Human Remains Call-off
Contract, currently (2013-16) held by AOC Archaeology
. We also run the Radiocarbon
Dating Contract, currently (2013-15) held by the Scottish Universities Environmental Research
. Through the programme we seek to ensure that all projects in receipt of funding
from Historic Scotland and its predecessors are fully completed. This involves the provision of grants
for publication costs where appropriate, as well as ensuring that project archives are appropriately
deposited (with the support of colleagues in the Historic Scotland Collections Team).
The team is currently looking at the legacy of projects funded by Historic
Scotland and its predecessors. We hope to ensure these are brought to full completion, which will result
in maximum public benefit from these archaeological activities. You can find out more about that on
our Archaeological Legacy projects page
We also work closely with colleagues in the Histoic Scotland Communications
department to maximise public knowledge about, and interest in, projects nearing completion or at publication
To find out more about the work of the Archaeology Strategy Team
please email email@example.com