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Getting started

If you are interested in your local heritage and would like to be involved in investigating historic landcapes, please read on. All the information you need to start researching and recording is available here.

Start by having a look at our Project Ideas. This will give you a good idea of the types of projects that we can help to set up and support. We have also put together a range of other documents that cover topics such as project practicalities, field work, research and interpretation - these should give you all the information you need to start planning a project

For further inspiration, why not find out what archaeological and local history research has already been done to record the rural past in your area? You can easily find out what records already exist for specific sites by using the RCAHMS on-line databases, Canmore and Pastmap (see www.rcahms.gov.uk). We can also guide you to other relevant records and resources.

You might also want to speak to your local museum, archaeological or local history society to see if they are interested in helping to set up a project.

Once you have settled on a project take a look at our simple Project Design Form. This will help you to plan your project and identify what you hope to achieve from it.

If you don't want to set up project, but want to research and record your rural heritage, the guidance on this website will help you through each stage, including field recording and submitting information to the national database of archaeological sites.

Remember to contact your local Sites and Monuments Record before beginning any fieldwork. They will be interested to hear about any new archaeological survey work in their area and the information it produces. You can obtain contact details from your local authority council offices, or the Archaeology Scotland website.

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