Scotland's Coastal Heritage at Risk

Guides and resources

Useful websites

British Archaeological Jobs and Resources (BAJR) is a very useful website.  A very helpful series of guides is available online and provides advice on a range of archaeological activities, from survey work to more specialist information such as archaeological photography. 

It also has a directory of contact details for archaeologists, universities, societies, national organisations and more, as well as an employment page for archaeological jobs around the country.  A list of educational courses in archaeology is available to search, and there is a database of volunteering opportunities and fieldschools, as well as a popular discussion forum where you can ask other BAJR users for help or advice, and read about some of the current developments, issues and concerns amongst archaeologists.

The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) is an educational charity which aims to promote appreciation of archaeology and public participation. They also host online resources and publish books and magazines, including a series of practical handbooks on a variety of subjects.

Standards and Guidelines

Historic England have a large library of guidance documents available online. On their publications page, you can search their wide a range of books and publications, or filter your search to specific series. You can also enter a keyword (eg "erosion") to see all the documents available on that subject. 

Historic Environment Scotland also has a range of publications available on its website, including a series on technical advice and guidance on conservation

The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) is the biggest professional body for archaeologists in Britain.  Volunteer archaeologists can become members, but you don't have to be a member to access their guides on doing archaeological work to a high standard. 

The CBA, Historic England and CIfA have joined forces to produce this very comprehensive guidance aimed at community archaeology groups: Introduction to Standards and Guidance in Archaeological Practice - or ISGAP


If you'd like to know more about how archaeological sites and historic buildings are protected you can read more about Scheduled Ancient Monuments, Listed Buildings and Designated Wrecks on Historic Environment Scotland's website. You can also read about the national policy on Scotland's Historic Environment.

Archaeological Finds

Treasure Trove in Scotland sets out the law and how to report chance finds. Essentially, all archaeological finds should be reported. You can do this through your local museum, your Local Authority Archaeologist (see the BAJR website for contact details) or by contacting Treasure Trove directly. If you're taking part in an organised excavation, the organisers will deal with the reporting of finds .

Anything that's found on the foreshore that has come from a vessel has to be reported to the Receiver of Wreck. 

Conferences and courses

The CBA Briefing service is an excellent way to find out about short courses, lectures and conferences.