Baile Sear, North Uist - February 2005  The SCAPE Trust
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.

RCAHMS Canmore
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

Charting the Nation
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.

First 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.

The National Library of Scotland
This site gives details about access to the library's collection and has a number of on-line catalogues.

The 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)

The 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
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.

Treasure Trove
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.
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