Scottish Archaeology Month

Scottish Archaeology Month (SAM) has existed for more than 20 years and along with Doors Open Days, coordinated by the Scottish Civic Trust, constitutes Scotland’s contribution to the European Heritage Days and helps deliver Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy.

The aim of SAM is to encourage people to interact with their history, heritage and archaeology, which is usually done through the coordination and promotion of a varied programme of activities and events taking place all across Scotland, including guided walks, exhibitions, excavations, lectures, performances, re-enactments, learning ancient and archaeological skills, storytelling, guided tours, conferences and many others related activities. The subjects covered include archaeology, heritage, history, genealogy and other topics that connect people to Scottish heritage.

SAM takes place in September but includes events starting at the end of August and running until mid-October.

However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we do not expect to be promoting physical events this year or to promote any cross-country travelling, and will instead be focusing on online events and alternative digital content and resources from participating organisations across our online platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and here on our website.

If you are planning an event or would like to participate with other digital content, please send an email to and check back at this site, which we will be updating. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for ongoing updates and information!

Scottish Archaeology Month is a collaboration with Doors Open Days and part of the European Heritage Days and funded by