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.

SAM encourages people to interact with their archaeology, history and heritage through the coordination and promotion of a varied programme of activities and events taking place all across Scotland. These include guided walks, exhibitions, excavations, lectures, performances, re-enactments, traditional skills workshops, storytelling, guided tours, conferences and many other activities. SAM takes place in September but includes events running from end August until mid-October.

You can find all SAM events as well as places to visit all-year-round on our map. For instructions on how to use it, watch this video. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

If you want to submit an event or share your digital content, you can use the events form.
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Scottish Archaeology Month is an Archaeology Scotland initiative supported by Historic Environment Scotland. In partnership with Doors Open Days, coordinated by the Scottish Civic Trust, it forms Scotland’s contribution to European Heritage Days.