Archaeological Assessment

Standards for the archaeological assessment of thing sites in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

Our rich inheritance related to things can be explored through monuments still to be found in the landscape, and through the archaeology, place names, stories, and history passed down through generations.  Thing sites reflect the history of our communities and the application of the rule of law, both locally and in an international context. Whilst locally distinctive they lie within a wider international identity.  Each one is unique and irreplaceable. It is within this context that each intervention on site should be approached. The guidelines below are created by the islands’ archaeologists of Orkney and of Shetland and supported by the Regional Archaeologist in Highland, to encourage research and secure the conservation, understanding and enjoyment of these sites for present and future generations.

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