Archaeology Scotland

Registered Charity Number: 262056, SC001723
Musselburgh, East Lothian

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Archaeology Scotland is the leading independent charity working to inspire communities, amateurs and professionals to discover, explore and enjoy the past. For 70 years, Archaeology Scotland has been working with people across Scotland to conserve and celebrate our rich heritage.  With changes in land use, development threats and climate change, protecting the future of our heritage is more urgent than ever.

With over 90% of the built heritage of Scotland receiving no statutory protection we work with individuals, community groups and companies who want to protect, restore, explore, record or interpret the archaeology and heritage they feel passionate about through our Adopt-a-Monument programme. 

Through Scottish Archaeology Month we facilitate the celebration of all things archaeological and historical with hundreds of events and activities taking place each year.

Our conferences are and information resource and celebration of archaeological activity taking place around Scotland and we produce our annual journal Discovery & Excavation in Scotland which records all site activity for each year.  

In addition to the journal our members enjoy events and outings, our thrice-yearly magazine, e-news alerts and discounted publications and events. We encourage the inclusion of archaeology within the Curriculum of Excellence for schools and support youth groups to learn transferable archaeological skills.  Much of the standing, or yet undiscovered, archaeology is in rural areas and we work with landholders to ensure sensitive handling of sites.  We encourage innovative and best practice, providing a plethora of learning resources and case studies on our website and campaign for the best protective legislation with both Scottish and UK parliaments.

Archaeology Scotland relies heavily on grant income for the work that we do and although we continue to be successful at this it becomes more difficult each year to fund our primary activities as funders move towards more short-term project-based funding. 

We rely on membership, regular donations and legacies to sustain our essential services.  Monthly committed giving and legacies allow us to plan for the future and ensure that we can continue to inspire the exploration, conservation and enjoyment of our heritage.

For example a regular donation of £30 plus gift aid can purchase equipment to take a youth group to site for skills training.  A donation of £5000 can deliver 10 workshops for rurally isolated groups or underprivileged children.  £700 would cover the cost of a new interpretation board at a neglected or misunderstood site.

Contact Us

Archaeology Scotland Suite 1a
Stuart House
Eskmills, Station Road

East Lothian
EH21 7PB

Phone: 0845 872 3333
Fax: 0845 872 3334

Archaeology Scotland News


Date posted: 01 Jul 2014

Monuments of any age from anywhere in Scotland can be proposed (no matter how unusual), with the focus on helping volunteers to improve sites which they are passionate about. Taking part in the scheme will equip volunteers with new skills in archaeological fieldwork and conservation, which can be used again and again to promote the heritage of their local area. It's also a great way to keep active, develop new skills, meet new people and achieve real results.… Read More»

Scottish Archaeology Month

Date posted: 01 Jul 2014

September will soon be upon us and hundreds of events across Scotland will celebrate our wonderful heritage. … Read More»

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