|There is a chance that some
of the archaeological sites that you discover may have already been
recorded. The internet contains many sites that will help you with
your research, and the RCAHMS site is an invaluable tool that may
determine whether you have found an unrecorded site or not. Other
sites provide old maps which may show the remains that you have found,
and therefore help you with your interpretation.
To find out more about the organisations
that collect information about archaeology click here.
Local Authority Advisors on Archaeology
Click on the link above to go to a map showing the areas covered by each of the
Local Authority advisors on archaeology.
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS)
holds the National Monuments Record of Scotland (NMRS). This records the known
archaeological and historical sites of Scotland. The RCAHMS
website gives access to CANMORE,
the NMRS database. This contains information on architectural, archaeological
and maritime sites in Scotland. You can search by place name, monument type,
or use their interactive map, PASTMAP, to search an area. You have to register
in order to use the site, but it is free of charge.
See also this page for more information
about the RCAHMS and Canmore
This site includes a wide variety of maps and other documents relating to the
geography and mapping of Scotland from 1550 to 1740 and beyond.
Edition Ordnance Survey maps
First Edition Ordnance Survey maps can be viewed free of charge at this website.
Printed copies of the maps can also be ordered.
National Library of Scotland
This site gives details about access to the library's collection and has a number
of on-line catalogues.
NLS map collection
The National Library of Scotland has put some of its maps on the internet. There
are eight main sections including: maps of Scotland, 1560-1928; military maps of Scotland
(18th century); county maps of Scotland (1580-1928) including Timothy
Pont’s Maps of Scotland (c. 1583-1596); and coasts of Scotland on marine charts (1580-1850)
Statistical Accounts for Scotland (1791-99 and 1845)
The Statistical Accounts provide a wealth of information about Scotland at the
time that they were published. This site has scanned copies of the originals,
together with a search facility that allows you to search by parish, county or
keywords in the text.
Archaeology Scotland is an independent voluntary body which works to advance the study and
care of Scotland's historic environment, and to improve public awareness of Scotland's
past. They co-ordinate a variety of community projects throughout Scotland, including
the Scottish network of Young Archaeologists' Clubs. They helped to initiate
the Shorewatch Project and continue to be active supporters.
This site provides information on all aspects of how finds of archaeological
and historical significance in Scotland are recorded and protected. It tells
you who to report your finds to and explains why archaeological finds are important.