Discovery and excavation in Scotland (DES) provides an accessible, comprehensive, up-to-date and informative guide to archaeological work being undertaken across Scotland. It is a highly respected resource for archaeological research at all levels and is unique in Europe. The Journal records fieldwork undertaken by commercial units and archaeologists, local societies, university departments, community groups and independent archaeologists in Scotland each year. Entries are recorded by region for quick reference and regular appendices include information on museum acquisitions – Treasure Trove finds, radiocarbon dates and current post-graduate research relating to Scottish archaeology.
DES is launched each year at the Archaeological Research in Progress conference (ARP), organised by Archaeology Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. DES Volume 19, 2018 was launched at the ARP conference in Edinburgh on the 25th May 2019. The next edition, Volume 20, 2019 will be launched at the ARP conference at the end of May 2020.
DES is available each year to Archaeology Scotland members who choose enhanced membership.
Archaeology Scotland are delighted to announce that the digital (pdf) edition of DES Volume 19, 2018 contains the full list of results for – A summary round-up list of Scottish archaeological human remains that have been sampled/analysed for DNA as of January 2019 – Alison Sheridan, Ian Armit, David Reich, Tom Booth, Rebecca Bernardos, Ian Barnes, Mark Thomas, Sophy Charlton, Oliver Craig, John Lawson, Katharina Dulias, Ceiridwen J. Edwards, Maria Pala, Martin B. Richards, Ashot Margaryan, Kristian Kristiansen, Eske Willerslev, Morten Allentoft, Kate Britton, Gordon Noble, Linus Girdland Flink, Sahra Talamo, Neil Curtis, Alan Cooper, Stewart Cole and Lisa Brown. A copy of the summary may be accessed here.
We accept appropriate accounts of all forms of archaeological discoveries including:
- Environmental studies
- Finds studies
- Geophysical or other field survey
- Historic building survey
- Public access projects including Adopt-a-Monument and SUP
- Records of chance finds
- Watching briefs
The closing date for entries for the next edition of DES is the 15th November 2019.
For more information and help, please see our news item and / or contact the DES editor – Dr Jennifer Thoms.
Membership Access to DES
Help us to continue to spread the news about new archaeological work and discoveries in Scotland by supporting the production of our journal – Discovery and excavation in Scotland. Our journal is the only one which provides comprehensive coverage and offers you an invaluable insight and up to date information on digs and projects across Scotland. We can only produce it with your support – Membership rates are reduced for students and young people. Join today (membership) to receive your benefits and be part of Scotland’s leading community archaeology organisation.
The newest versions of the Journal come with enhanced membership to Archaeology Scotland.
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