Discovery and Excavation in Scotland

Archaeology Scotland, 2007 (updated 2010)

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Scanning Project

The project to scan the complete run of Discovery and Excavation in Scotland, from the earliest typescripts in 1947 onwards, was generously funded by the Russell Trust and produced with the support and assistance of the Archaeology Data Service.

The full run of Discovery and Excavation in Scotland is now available digitally, with the exception of the most recent two volumes. These are available in print form to members of Archaeology Scotland, formerly the Council for Scottish Archaeology: for membership information see, or via:

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All volumes from 1947 - 2009 are available as PDF files for which you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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The following organisations generously allowed the reproduction of images (Crown Copyright) arising from their own work and from work commissioned and grant-aided by them:

Maps based on Ordnance Survey mapping are reproduced with the permission of the Ordnance Survey and are Crown Copyright. From 1996 onwards, the map of local authority areas was reproduced with the permission of The Stationery Office Ltd.

Archaeology Scotland has made reasonable efforts to alert copyright holders to our intention to mount these files on the web; anyone with concerns about their material being reproduced here should contact : Archaeology Scotland, Suite 1a, Stuart House, Eskmills, Station Road, Musselburgh, EH21 7PB. e-mail: the editor.

If you have undertaken archaeological fieldwork in Scotland or made a discovery, please see the Archaeology Scotland website for details of how to contribute to Discovery and Excavation in Scotland. Contributions are always welcome, from amateur and professional sources.


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