Discovery and Excavation in Scotland

Discovery and Excavation in Scotland (DES) provides an accessible, comprehensive, up-to-date and informative guide to archaeological work being undertaken across Scotland. The Journal records fieldwork undertaken by commercial units and archaeologists, local societies, university departments, community groups and independent archaeologists in Scotland each year.

Easy Referencing

Entries are recorded by region for quick reference.

Unique Content

Regular appendices include information on museum acquisitions – Treasure Trove finds, radiocarbon dates and current post-graduate research.

Human Remains

DES Volume 19, 2018 contains the full list of Scottish archaeological human remains that have been sampled/analysed for DNA as of January 2019

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  is available each year to Archaeology Scotland members who choose enhanced membership. Our new online reporting form is now live and you may  Contribute to DES using it. If you have any questions please contact – Dr Jennifer Thoms who will be happy to offer guidance and support.

DES is made possible with the support of:

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.

Scottish archaeological human remains that have been sampled/analysed for DNA as of January 2019

Recent DES

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Past DES