Regional Archaeological Research Framework for Argyll (RARFA)

Ormaig Cup and Ring Marks © Forestry Commission Scotland


After a year of hard work by so many people we can report the very exciting news that the Regional Archaeological Research Framework for Argyll (aka RARFA) is now finally with the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework []! Emma at ScARF is busy working away on it and hoping to have it available online for everyone to read in September.

Pennanular Brooch © Kilmartin Museum


But what is a Research Framework I hear you ask? Well, it is a summary of what we know and understand about Argyll’s archaeological past and what sort of research questions we should be asking. The first couple of sections explains the background to the Research Framework (what it is trying to do, how it came about) and then there follows seven sections exploring Argyll’s environment and its past, chronologically from the Palaeolithic through to more modern times. It is your first port of call if you want to get a thorough overview of a particular period of Argyll’s past.

Upper Largie Beaker Pots © Alison Sheridan


We could not have done this without the support, patience and help of so many people. A big thank you to all those who contributed to the 2015 Symposium (which inspired the creation of the Research Framework), all those who have contributed to the RARFA, ScARF for all their support and, of course, our lovely funders –  Historic Environment Scotland, Argyll and Bute Council,  Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF).