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Scotland's Rural Past Publications

As the project comes to a close, we have created two publications which give an overview of the project and create a legacy for those wishing to continue the work of SRP in the future. You can download the PDF of each publication below by clicking on the link.


Scotland's Rural Past: Community Archaeology in Action tells the story of the project. It begins with a report of SRP, explaining the extent of the work done with archaeology volunteers of all ages throughout Scotland. The second part of the book consists of articles written by project participants themselves, illustrating the different types of projects which took place. From Unst in Shetland, to Garheugh Fell in Dumfries and Galloway, we see how SRP has provided support for volunteers to research, record and raise awareness of their rural heritage. Together they have made a substantial contribution to our understanding and appreciation of the nation's rural settlement history, and to its future preservation.



A Practical Guide to Recording Archaeological Sites. Field recording is a crucial part of the work of professional archaeologists, and is also an area of growing interest among non-professionals across the country. Archaeological recording brings us into closer contact with this past, encouraging us to explore, observe and interpret the landscape around us. The more accurate and detailed the record of an archaeological site, the more information about that site is available for research, conservation and management. This new guide has developed out of training courses, run by Scotland's Rural Past and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, for volunteers of all ages and experience. Containing practical, hands-on advice on the techniques used for recording archaeological sites, it is an invaluable tool for anyone who would like to discover more about the rich history and heritage of this country.

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