Scotland's Rock Art in context: placement, re-placement and engagement

Lead Research Organisation: Historic Environment Scotland
Department Name: Education and Outreach

Abstract

Rock art is a global phenomenon. It is often a defining feature of cultural heritage and identity, attracting considerable scholarly interest, capturing public imagination and even inspiring contemporary artists. In Britain, over 6,000 rocks with 'cup-and-ring' carvings are known, although detailed knowledge of British rock art remains very limited beyond a handful of academic and private specialists, with wider awareness restricted to a few key regions such as Northumberland and Kilmartin (Argyll). Over a third of the carvings are in Scotland, an area which would be highly suitable for comparative analysis if it had a comprehensive database. Our aim is to work with local communities and heritage organisations in order to undertake a systematic study of how the rock art landscape in Britain was shaped by human actions and beliefs.

The research is structured around three questions: How was rock art used in the landscape? How have the carvings been reused over time? How is rock art used and valued today? The motifs were engraved onto selected fixed natural rock surfaces during the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age (c.4000-1800 BC). While it may remain impossible to ascertain the intrinsic meanings of these carvings, the study of their form, location and contextual associations can illuminate their significance. From the Late Neolithic period onwards, many carved rocks were taken from their original contexts and reused in built structures, indicating their continued currency. In more recent times carvings have frequently been re-located to museums and private collections, or destroyed. Analysis of rock art use and reuse is therefore crucial to understanding the behaviour, perceptions, and values that have defined places and communities through time.

This is the first major research project to focus on British rock art at this scale. Previous studies have concentrated on single sites or regional clusters, creating a fragmented and distorted impression that obscures common themes or variations, and hinders understanding of the wider regional connections and identities suggested by the motifs and their contexts. Furthermore, that the carvings often had a long life beyond the Early Bronze Age has not been considered, despite evidence of deliberate reuse in later structures. Today, rock art in Britain has a low social visibility and value. Studying contemporary attitudes to rock art will reveal how social values are forged through changing awareness, engagement and education, which is vital for future research, heritage management, and community empowerment.

Wide-ranging consultation with heritage organisations and community groups has revealed a deep interest in the research, and enthusiasm for cross-sector collaboration. The project builds on our extensive experience of community engagement, rock art visualisation, and research. Working with local communities and heritage bodies across the country, we will produce a comprehensive database of Scotland's rock art, including 3D and 2D digital models, which we will use as a tool for investigating the carvings at local, regional and inter-regional scales.

We will integrate the rock art data with archaeological and land-use datasets in a GIS model to enable us to undertake geospatial analysis of the carvings in relation to their placement in the landscape and changing cultural contexts from prehistory to the present day. Carvings will be analysed statistically and added to the GIS model in order to explore regional variability and to determine potential patterning of attributes in relation to specific topographical and cultural features. Historical accounts and local community involvement will inform our understanding of changing perceptions, treatment and social value of rock art.

In conclusion, this project will make a major contribution to British and Northern European archaeology, and be an important point of reference for world rock art studies.

Planned Impact

Beyond academia, our research will have significant impact on government agencies and policy-makers, public-sector organisations, heritage practitioners and third-sector bodies, and local communities across Scotland. In particular, this project will:

- Place rock art firmly on the agenda with government bodies by raising awareness of key issues, informing understanding, and enhancing public value. It will do this through reports to the host organisation, Historic Environment Scotland (HES), which will be established on 1 October 2015 as the new lead public body for the historic environment. The research will also inform discussion and recommendations for future research directions and policy-making on prehistoric rock art through the National Committee on Carved Stones in Scotland (NCCSS) and Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF) panel. Collaboration with Local Authority Archaeologists throughout the project will embed rock art within local and regional archaeological strategies.

- Revise and standardise the publicly accessible rock art archive for Scotland. Incorporating the database into Canmore and local Historic Environment Records will benefit these organisations by ensuring that the publicly available data are reliable and up-to-date. The revised database will have multiple and far-reaching impact - for public-sector agencies and practitioners involved in development planning; for schools and Higher Education institutions developing educational resources and activities; for students, local groups, academics and individuals in Scotland and worldwide with research and creative interests; and for enhancing access and understanding among the wider public.

- Inform conservation and management strategies, with benefits both for public-sector bodies and for the rock art. The database and outcomes will enable heritage managers to assess current condition and potential risk. Identification of high-risk panels may lead to enhanced protective status with their designation as Scheduled Ancient Monuments. The project will also provide comprehensive benchmark data for measuring change and deterioration over time, with significant potential for future research.

- Produce and implement a methodology for low-cost, low impact, high-resolution rock art recording using state-of-the-art digital visualisation tools and a mobile online data input system. The methodology has considerable scope for use by professionals, amateur specialists and community groups for recording rock art and archaeological sites anywhere in the world.

- Share skills, knowledge and expertise with local communities. Embedding new capacity within local communities will build confidence, which will encourage the development of initiatives with wider reach, and facilitate the transfer of skills to other community members. New awareness and experience gained through participation may also have profound benefits for longer-term community-led monitoring and care of the rock art.

- Support community empowerment through co-design and co-production of research activities and outputs, leading to stronger communities and an enhanced sense of ownership and pride in the local heritage, with implications for the future treatment of rock art, and wider heritage.

- Connect heritage-sector organisations and local communities across Scotland through shared research objectives and fieldwork methods, establishing a legacy for future cross-sector research initiatives.

- Raise public awareness. British prehistoric rock art is virtually unknown among the wider public, resulting in low social value and negligible attention from heritage professionals. Our research aims to increase public access, understanding and appreciation of the rock art through outputs and activities targeted at a wider audience. This will potentially enrich the social value of the rock art and, in the longer-term, improve public and professional care and responsibility.

Publications

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Barnett T (2017) The Forgotten Stones of Scotland in History Scotland

 
Title Promotional video of rock art recording in Kilmartin 
Description This short promotional video was commissioned by and created in collaboration with Edinburgh University. It was filmed during the Scotland's Rock Art Project summer field school in Kilmartin, July 2019, and features trained students recording rock art around Kilmartin. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The video, which is displayed on the Edinburgh University website and the Scotland's Rock Art Project website, raises awareness a bout Scotland's rock art and rock art recording with an international audience. 
URL http://www.rockart.scot/resources/learn/
 
Description The objectives for the first year of this project (2017) were to raise awareness of our research with a diverse audience, and to develop our methods for recording data and disseminating our findings. Through presentations to well over 500 people across Scotland, and media coverage with international reach, we have drawn attention to our work, and to the issues facing Scotland's rock art. We have trained over 100 members of local communities to record rock art using a bespoke methodology, including using 3D modelling methods, and these skills are now being developed by the community teams as they begin to collect data. Community teams are also beginning to cascade their knowledge to other members of their communities, and we have had a number of enquiries about developing creative and interpretive projects inspired by the findings of the project. As a result of extensive discussion with colleagues in Historic Environment Scotland and other stakeholders across the country, Scotland's rock art is now firmly on the agenda for relevant policy makers and practioners. These include national organisations such as Forestry Commission Scotland, who have recently completed a small excavation of a rock art site, and the team responsible for Scheduling ancient monuments, who are keen to review and revise their list of Scheduled rock art sites based on the findings of this project. Data collection and research will begin once our website and digital resources for online data entry are launched in April 2018, and trained community teams will be able to contribute data to our database. 2018. In the second year of the project (2018), our key objectives were to: 1. Complete the development of the project website (www.rockart.scot) and online data entry form for community teams to upload their field data and 3D models to the project database. The website was formally launched in April 2018 and has become an invaluable resource for our Community Teams, and more widely for raising awareness of Scotland's rock art and the work of the project with an international audience of researchers, practioners and the general public. We have received numerous enquiries and feedback about rock art from across the world. 2. Complete recruitment and training of Community Teams to enable co-production of field data and 3D models. This was completed in January 2019, and our 11 trained Teams are working in different regions of Scotland, and making their results publicly accessible via the project website. Building local capacity is an important legacy of the project, and is already having an impact on the wider communities and other stakeholders through the talks, publications, media outputs and events delivered by the trained Teams. The Teams are also starting to engage with more challenging issues surrounding the long term preservation of rock art, with implications for rock art 'ownership' and protection. 3. Providing expert advice. The Project Team are frequently approached by members of the public, museums, heritage organisations, and other stakeholders to verify and advise on rock art. 4. Raising awareness. The Project Team are raising awareness and understanding at different scales through the talks, guided walks, events, social media channels, and newsletters that we deliver. Feedback indicates that this is having an impact on people's appreciation and knowledge of Scotland's rock art. 5. Gather fieldwork data. Following the launch of the website in April 2018, the Project Team and trained Community Teams have been gathering fieldwork data and creating 3D models of rock art in various parts of Scotland. Over 300 rock art panels have now been recorded and made publicly accessible, and we aim to complete at least 400 more records by the end of 2019. This process has enabled us to evaluate and refine our data collection methodology, the geographical areas that we are focusing on, and the scale of fieldwork achievable within the project. Initial findings of the fieldwork highlight the inconsistency of the existing data - for example over 10% of existing records are not prehistoric rock art - and the importance of creating accurate records for research. 6. Investigate social value. One of our three key research aims is to assess social value of rock art and how this alters through engagement. We have held focus group discussions with members of five of our trained Community Teams and a student group, and have undertaken a series of field observations of the Teams in action. We will continue compiling data on social value in 2019. 2019. The third year of the project (2019) focused on the following: 1. Rock art data collection: The key objective this year has been to gather data from across Scotland in order to compile a significant dataset for our research. By the start of 2020, the project staff and trained community teams had visited and created detailed records for over 1000 rock art sites. This includes around 200 sites recorded by students during our summer field schools in Kilmartin in 2018 and 2019. Overall, around 18% of known rock art sites could not be located, and a further 15% were either natural features or later rock carvings and will be excluded from our analysis. In total, our sample currently comprises spatial, quantitative, descriptive and visual data and 3D models for over 750 rock art sites. Analysis of this dataset will commence in 2020, and will be aligned with targeted fieldwork in specific areas where further data is needed for our research. 2. Supporting our community teams: A significant proportion of our work in 2019 focused on supporting our 11 community teams, both in the field and from the office, and ensuring motivation, sharing, data quality and consistency. Consequently, around 50% of the data has been compiled and uploaded to database by our community teams. Several of the teams have also initiated outreach activities (talks and guided walks) with their wider community. We have also collaborated with Glasgow University on several occasions to engage local residents with rock art in urban environments. 3. Developing the database as a publicly accessible resource and sustainable research tool: We continued to develop our website throughout 2019 in order to improve the data upload function and public access to our database. We worked with colleagues from Historic Environment Scotland (HES) to develop an automated system for integrating data from our database with the National Monuments database (Canmore), to ensure long-term curation and access. This work is still on-going and will be completed in 2020; thereafter, additional batches of data will be regularly transferred to Canmore for the remainder of the project. We also commissioned an external contractor to interrogate all the 3D models co-produced with our community teams, and develop a highly detailed database of rock art motifs and arrangements as a crucial tool for our research. 4. Social value data collection: We have continued to gather data on social value of rock art from our participating community teams. Building on focus group discussions and field observations in 2017-18, this year we have conducted interviews with members of six community teams, members of the public, and students participating in our summer field school. We will continue compiling data on social value in 2020. 5. Encouraging discussion on rock art research: We organised two research one-day workshops on themes central to the project in order to promote discussion and focus attention on rock art among an international, predominately academic audience. The workshops, held at Edinburgh University in November 2019, were structured around a series of discussions following provocative presentations on research relevant to the workshop themes (theoretical approaches to rock art, digital approaches and emerging technologies, social value, and community engagement). The discussions generated a wealth of new ideas and ways forward, which will be shared with participants and the wider public in summary format via our website. 6. Raising awareness: We have enhanced awareness and understanding through the talks, guided walks, events, social media channels, and newsletters aimed at professional and public audiences. Since the start of the project, we have now delivered over 40 presentations to different audiences across Scotland and more widely, for example. Our website continues to be an important hub for information about rock art, and Scotland's rock art specifically. Feedback indicates that our activities and online presence are having an impact on people's appreciation and knowledge of Scotland's rock art. We also receive frequent notifications of new rock art finds from members of the public, indicating that there is good awareness of rock art, and of the project's work. 7. Providing expert advice: We have continued to advise members of the public, museums, heritage organisations, and other stakeholders on identifying and recording rock art. We also collaborate closely with colleagues over the protection and treatment of specific rock art sites.
Sector Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Elected to the Committee for Carved Stones in Scotland
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Title Scotland's rock art database 
Description The Scotland's rock art database contains detailed records (spatial, quantitative, descriptive and visual data, including 3D models) for over 1000 prehistoric rock art sites across Scotland. The database has been co-created with community teams, trained by the PI and RA, as a research tool for the project. It will continue to be developed for the remainder of the project as part of our legacy. The full database is freely accessible via the project website. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The database is widely used by heritage practitioners, students, academics and members of the public for enhancing understanding, awareness and sustainability of Scotland's rock art. 
URL https://www.rockart.scot/rock-art-database/
 
Description ACFA community training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 25 members of the Association of Certified Field Archaeologists attended this 1 day training session at Skypoint Faifley and surrounding area in West Dunbartonshire. The training covered identifying and recording rock art, and capturing 3D data in the field. It provided the methodological tools for attendees to start gathering rock art data and researching rock art across Scotland, and this work has now begun.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description ACFA digital resources training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 25 members of the Association of Certified Field Archaeologists attended this 1 day workshop in Glasgow School of Art on creating 3D models and uploading data to the rock art database. The training provided the methodological tools for attendees to start processing their field data and making it available for research and public interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Advanced digital workshop for Callander and Edinburgh community team members on enhancing and sharing 3D models, March 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact One day digital workshop based at Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh with members of the Callander and Edinburgh/Lothians/Fife Community Teams. The workshop delivered advanced training on enhancing and sharing 3D rock art models co-produced with community teams as part of the Scotland's Rock Art Project. In addition to developing new skills, the workshop provided a valuable opportunity for members of different teams to interact and share knowledge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Advanced digital workshop on enhancing and sharing 3D rock art models, for members of several Community Rock Art Teams, The Hub, Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact One day digital workshop based in the Hub, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow with members of the ACFA, Bute and Strachur Community Teams. The workshop provided advanced training on enhancing and sharing 3D rock art models co-produced with community teams as part of to the Scotland's Rock Art Project. In addition to developing new skills, the workshop provided a valuable opportunity for members of different teams to interact and share knowledge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Article in the National Trust for Scotland annual Ben Lawers newsletter for 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The article was written by a member of a community team participating in the Scotland's Rock Art Project informing the wider public about rock art and recording within the National Trust for Scotland's Ben Lawers estate in Perthshire. The annual newsletter in which the article is published has wide reach and will raise awareness of the rock art with public and professionals in Britain. It also strengthens our collaborative working with the National Trust for Scotland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BBC Radio Scotland Out of Doors Progamme about rock art recording in Dumfries and Galloway 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The broadcast featured an interview and site visit with a community team member participating in the Scotland's Rock Art Project, and focused on her ideas about rock art arising from her involvement in the project. The broadcast had wide reach, and stimulated numerous comments and enquiries from members of the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BBC news article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Online BBC news article based on a press release following the announcement of the AHRC grant award. The article, which focused on the objectives of the project, catalysed considerable interest from local media in Scotland, and from members of the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-36671897
 
Description Bute community training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 15 people attended this 1 day training session at Bute Museum and surrounding area of the Isle of Bute. The training covered identifying and recording rock art, and capturing 3D data in the field. It provided the methodological tools for attendees to start gathering rock art data and researching rock art across Bute and other parts of South West Scotland, and this work has now begun.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Community Team Get Together Event, Bute 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Over 15 members of two community teams participating in Scotland's Rock Art Project attended this event and presented on their work. The teams raised many questions and ideas generated through their involvement in the project, and shared discussions on the nature of rock art and its place in the landscape. The event was also valuable for forging new links between the community teams, and providing an opportunity for training new recruits.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Community Team Get Together event focusing on Scotland's Rock Art Project, Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Over 30 members of five community teams participating in Scotland's Rock Art Project attended this event and presented on their work. The teams raised many questions and ideas generated through their involvement in the project, and shared discussions on the nature of rock art and its place in the landscape. The event was also valuable for forging new links between community teams.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Community Team Get Together event, Dingwall, Highland region 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Over 15 members of the North of Scotland Archaeological Society community teams participating in Scotland's Rock Art Project attended this event and presented on their work. The teams raised many questions and ideas generated through their involvement in the project, and shared discussions on the nature of rock art and its place in the landscape, as well as established plans for future data collection and dissemination.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Community drop-in event and social value interviews, Faifley, West Dunbartonshire 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Over 60 members of the local community in Faifley, West Dunbartonshire, as well as undergraduates and postgraduates from Edinburgh University, Glasgow University and Glasgow School of Art, and members of Scotland's Rock Art Project community teams, attended this community drop-in event about the local rock art and the recording work of Scotland's Rock Art Project. The event, organised jointly with Glasgow University Archaeology Department, included information, displays of 3D models, and an interactive rock art creation. The event also provided an opportunity to interview members of the local community about social value of rock art. There was lovely discussion, and considerable local interest in the rock art.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Community training and rock art recording, Faifley, West Dunbartonshire 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In March 2019, Scotland's Rock Art Project organised four 1-day training and recording events in collaboration with Glasgow University Archaeology Department at Faifley, West Dunbartonshire. The event aimed to engage local people with the prehistoric rock art around Faifley through skills training and field recording. Local people, Glasgow University undergraduates, and the local MSP worked together with, and were trained by, staff and community team members participating in the Scotland's Rock Art Project, and postgraduate students from Glasgow School of Art. The events enabled sharing of skills and knowledge between different participating groups, and inspired new perspectives on rock art.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Community-led site visit and discussion, Kirkcudbright, Galloway 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 15 members of the public and heritage practitioners attended a guided walk to and discussion of rock art sites around Kirkcudbright. The walk was led by members of a community team participating in the Scotland's Rock Art Project and organised by the community team in collaboration with the Galloway Glens Heritage Lottery Funded project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Current Archaeology article on the project's field work in Kilmartin November 2018, vol 334, p.13 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Following interviews with members of the Scotland's Rock Art Project team, an article was published in Current Archaeology November 2018 focusing on the field recording school in Kilmartin. This provoked several requests for information about the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/carved-in-stone-recording-scotlands-prehistoric-rock-art.htm
 
Description Digital resources and 3D modelling workshop for the Bute Community Rock Art Team, Rothesay April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact One day digital workshop based in the Bute Museum, Rothesay with the Bute Community Rock Art Team. The workshop provided training on uploading digital data to the Scotland's Rock Art Project website and database, and processing field data to create 3D rock art models. In addition to developing new skills, the workshop provided members with a valuable forum for discussion of specific methodological issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Digital resources training workshop wit Edinburgh/Lothians/Fife and Callander Community Rock Art Teams, Stirling, January 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact One day digital workshop based in the Engine Shed, Stirling with members of the Edinburgh, Lothians and Fife and the Callander Community Rock Art Teams. The workshop provided training on uploading digital data to the Scotland's Rock Art Project website and database, and processing field data to create 3D rock art models. In addition to developing new skills, the workshop provided members with a valuable forum for discussion of specific methodological issues and future fieldwork activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Digital resources training workshop with the Kilmartin Community Rock Art Team, Kilmartin, October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact One day digital workshop based in the Kilmartin Museum, Argyll, with the Kilmartin Community Rock Art Team. The workshop provided training on uploading digital data to the Scotland's Rock Art Project website and database, and processing field data to create 3D rock art models. In addition to developing new skills, the workshop provided members with a valuable forum for discussion of specific methodological issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Facebook page for Scotland's Rock Art Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Scotland's Rock Art Project Facebook page is a key channel for disseminating the ongoing project work with an interested international community. We regularly post on the page, and engage in discussions with our 2,500 followers from across the world.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019,2020
URL https://www.facebook.com/ScotlandsRockArt/
 
Description Field School for rock art recording, Edinburgh University and Kilmartin, Argyll 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact 13 archaeology undergraduates from Britain and America participated in this 3-week field summer school aimed to develop new skills, record rock art in Kilmartin, and make the data publicly accessible. The students received a week of intensive training in Edinburgh and then worked in small, supervised teams to record rock art in Kilmartin. Lectures and site visits were provided in Kilmartin by partners from Kilmartin museum. The students involved reported a considerable increase in their interest and knowledge of rock art and prehistoric landscapes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Field skills training, Kilmartin Community Team, Kilmartin, July 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact One day training event for members of the Kilmartin Community and Kilmartin Museum to develop skills and techniques necessary to record prehistoric rock art in the field. The twelve people that attended the training have since gone on to develop their skills through practical experience of rock art recording.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Galloway community digital resources training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 25 members of the Galloway community attended this 1 day workshop in Newton Stewart on creating 3D models and uploading data to the rock art database. The training provided the methodological tools for attendees to start processing their field data and making it available for research and public interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Galloway community training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 25 people attended this 1 day training session at the Whithorn Trust and surrounding area of Dumfries and Galloway. The training covered identifying and recording rock art, and capturing 3D data in the field. It provided the methodological tools for attendees to start gathering rock art data and researching rock art across the South West of Scotland, and this work has now begun.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Guided rock art walk, Kilmartin, Argyll 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 3 hour guided walk to explore prehistoric rock art within the landscape of Kilmartin, Argyll in order to raise awareness with local residents, practioners and land owners. The walk generated considerable discussion about the significance of rock art and its vulnerability today and how best to preserve it.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Guided walk to raise awareness of rock art, Glendaruel, Strachur, June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 3 hour guided walk to explore prehistoric rock art within the landscape of Glendaruel, Strachur in order to raise awareness with local residents and land owners. The walk generated considerable discussion about the significance of rock art and its vulnerability today.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Highland region community training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 30 people attended this 2-day training session in Dingwall and surrounding area. The training covered identifying and recording rock art, and creating digital 3D models. It provided the methodological tools for attendees to start gathering rock art data and researching rock art across the Highland region, and this work has now begun.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Highland region digital resources training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 25 members of the community group North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS) attended this 1 day workshop on creating 3D models and uploading data to the rock art database. The training provided the methodological tools for attendees to start processing their field data and making it available for research and public interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Interviewed by the Clydebank Post, for publication in August 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed by the Clydebank Post newspaper in relation to the rock art surviving around Glasgow, which resulted in a press and online article. Several enquiries resulted from this publication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.clydebankpost.co.uk/news/16416264.faifley-rocks-event-to-explore-areas-ancient-stones/
 
Description Interviewed for article in the Scotsman, July 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed by the Scotsman newspaper regarding the rock art surviving around Glasgow, which resulted in a press and online article. Several enquiries and further media covered resulted from this publication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/when-prehistoric-man-lived-around-glasgow-1-4752856
 
Description Launch of Scotland's Rock Art Project website (www.rockart.scot) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Launch via social media channels and publicity leaflets of the website dedicated to Scotland's Rock Art Project (www.rockart.scot). Since its launch, the website has reached a wide international audience of professionals, practioners, students and the general public. It has raised awareness of Scotland's Rock Art across the world, and has sparked considerable interest in the rock art and in the project's community co-production approach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.rockart.scot
 
Description Lecture to university students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation about the Scotland's rock art, its wider relevance within an international context, and the objectives of the Scotland's Rock Art project. The lecture provoked considerable discussion, and a rise in number of students interested in pursuing this topic through research and course assignments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Newspaper article in Clydebank Post on work by the Scotland's Rock Art Project and Glasgow University in Faifley, West Dunbartonshire 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The article reports on work to record rock art with the Faifley community, co-organised by Scotland's Rock Art Project and Glasgow University Archaeology Department in March 2019. It resulted in numerous public enquiries and further media interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.clydebankpost.co.uk/news/17514069.faifley-rock-art-unveiled-by-university-of-glasgow-arc...
 
Description Newspaper article in The Herald on the Scotland's Rock Art Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The article in one of Scotland's leading newspapers focused on Scotland's rock art and the project's work to enhance understanding and awareness. The newspaper has wide reach, and we have received many public enquiries and interest since its publication in December 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Online Guardian article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Online article in the Science section of the Guardian prompted by a press release from Historic Environment Scotland following notification of the grant award from AHRC, aimed at publicising the forthcoming research and co-production with local communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/17/rock-art-amateur-archaeologist-scotland
 
Description Online article in the Daily Mail 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Online article in the Daily Mail prompted by a press release from Historic Environment Scotland following notification of the grant award from AHRC, aimed at publicising the forthcoming research and community involvement in recording and 3D modelling.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3800104/Mystery-messages-carved-Scotland-s-rocks-5-00...
 
Description Online article in the Guardian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Online article in the Guardian Travel section about new discoveries of rock art in Scotland, and the role that Scotland's Rock Art Project will play in raising awareness and enhancing knowledge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/jun/19/scotland-prehistoric-rock-carvings-walking-holidays
 
Description Online article in the Smithsonian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Online article in the Smithsonian about Scotland's rock art prompted by a press release from Historic Environment Scotland following notification of the grant award from AHRC, aimed at publicising the forthcoming research and community involvement in recording and 3D modelling.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-archeologist-discovers-significant-amount-scotlands...
 
Description Participation in a rock art Open Day - Faifley, West Dumbartonshire August 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participation in a family Open Day organised by Glasgow University to raise awareness of prehistoric rock art in an urban environment within the Faifley Community, West Dumbartonshire. The event involved guided observations of the rock art, display of 3D models, and discussions on social memories and values relating to the rock art and its surroundings. Over 150 people attended the event, which provoked extensive debate about how the rock art was embedded within the value system and identity of the local community, and how it could best be preserved for future generations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and debate to Glasgow University and Glasgow School of Art staff and students January 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation and 30 minute debate with archaeology staff and students from Glasgow University and Glasgow School of Art, focusing on the community co-production of rock art within the Scotland's Rock Art Project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the process and value of engaging communities in rock art research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation and discussion on community engagement in Scotland's Rock Art Project, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The presentation and discussion formed part of a 1-day workshop focussing on the development of an application for World Heritage status for Kilmartin, Argyll, organised by the Kilmartin Museum and involving key stakeholders from organisation across Scotland. Prehistoric rock art is a unique aspect of the Kilmartin landscape, and the work of the Scotland's Rock Art Project makes an important contribution to the WHS application.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation and field visit at the Whithorn Trust, Dumfries and Galloway 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation about the Scotland's Rock Art project, and co-production of the research with local community groups. The presentation was followed by a 3 hour field visit to a rock art site in the area. The presentation and field visit provoked considerable debate about the nature of rock art, and how members of the audience could be involved in the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation as part of a public meeting on rock art in the Faifley Community, West Dumbartonshire 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 20 minute presentation on Scotland's Rock Art Project and the rock art of the Faifley area as part of a public meeting with the Faifley community, organised by Glasgow University at Skypoint Faifley, West Dumbartonshire. The meeting provoked extensive discussion with the community on how to document and preserve the rock art as an important part of the local urban landscape.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at the British Archaeology Group Annual Conference, Ilkley June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A 20 minute presentation at the British Rock Art Group annual conference to highlight the methodologies and research objectives of the Scotland's Rock Art Project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about Scotland's rock art within a wider context of British, European and global rock art.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) Conference, Edinburgh October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A 20 minute presentation at the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) Conference in Edinburgh October 2018 to highlight the implications of community co-production of 3D rock art models within the Scotland's Rock Art Project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of digital data generated by trained community teams.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at the annual Community Heritage Conference, Strathclyde University, Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact A presentation on co-production of 3D data with community groups, delivered at the annual Community Heritage Conference. The presentation attracted significant interest from the 80-strong audience, and forged some valuable links with university and community-led projects in England and America.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation by participating community team on the Scotland's Rock Art Project, Castle Douglas, Galloway 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 90 minute presentation and discussion by one of the trained community teams participating in the Scotland's Rock Art project about their work and the community co-production of research aspects of the project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of Scotland's rock art and the importance of community engagement and public awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation on Scotland's Rock Art Project at the Highland Archaeology Conference, Inverness 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 30 minute presentation and discussion for a wide, informed audience about the Scotland's Rock Art project and the community co-production of research aspects of the project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of Scotland's rock art and the importance of community engagement and public awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on Scotland's Rock Art Project to Archaeology Forum, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The presentation was made to over 30 members of the Archaeology Forum from Historic Environment Scotland as part of a session to inform and discuss archaeological work and its implications for the organisation. Participants raised many questions and were particularly interested in the benefits of the community engagement aspect of the project for the organisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on Scotland's Rock Art Project to Neolithic Studies Group, Kirkcudbright, Galloway 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact A 30 minute presentation and discussion for a special interest group about the Scotland's Rock Art project and the community co-production of research aspects of the project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of Scotland's rock art and the importance of community engagement and public awareness. The talk was followed by a visit to prehistoric rock art in the area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on Scotland's Rock Art Project to Tiree community, Tiree 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 90 minute presentation and discussion for the local community and heritage practitioners about the Scotland's Rock Art project and the community co-production of research aspects of the project, delivered in collaboration with our partners, the North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS). The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of Scotland's rock art and the importance of community engagement and public awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on Scotland's Rock Art Project to Uist Community Archaeology Group, Benbecula, Western Isles 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A 90 minute presentation and discussion for a local interest group about the Scotland's Rock Art project and the community co-production of research aspects of the project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of Scotland's rock art and the importance of community engagement and public awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on Scotland's Rock Art Project, Glasgow Archaeology Society, Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact A 90 minute presentation and discussion for a local interest group about the Scotland's Rock Art project and the community co-production of research aspects of the project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of Scotland's rock art and the importance of community engagement and public awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation on Scotland's Rock Art Project, Living Stones Centre, Kilmartin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 90 minute presentation and discussion for the local community and heritage practitioners about the Scotland's Rock Art project and the community co-production of research aspects of the project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of Scotland's rock art and the importance of community engagement and public awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on the Scotland's Rock Art Project, Abderlady, East Lotthian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 90 minute presentation and discussion for a local interest group about the Scotland's Rock Art project and the community co-production of research aspects of the project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of Scotland's rock art and the importance of community engagement and public awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation to a local interest group and members of the public - Kilmartin Museum and Community 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation to a local interest group about the Scotland's Rock Art project and the community co-production of research aspects of the project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of Scotland's rock art and the importance of community engagement and public awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to local interest group - Edinburgh Field Archaeological Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation to a local interest group about the Scotland's Rock Art project and the community co-production of research aspects of the project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of Scotland's rock art and the importance of community engagement and public awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to local interest group - Lochaber Local History Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation to a local interest group about the Scotland's Rock Art project and the community co-production of research aspects of the project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of Scotland's rock art and the importance of community engagement and public awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation to local interest group - Lorn Historical and Archaeological Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation to a local interest group about the Scotland's Rock Art project and the community co-production of research aspects of the project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of Scotland's rock art and the importance of community engagement and public awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation to local interest group - North Kessock and District Local History Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation to a local interest group about the Scotland's Rock Art project and the community co-production of research aspects of the project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of Scotland's rock art and the importance of community engagement and public awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to local interest group - Peebleshire Archaeology Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation to a local interest group about the Scotland's Rock Art project and the community co-production of research aspects of the project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of Scotland's rock art and the importance of community engagement and public awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation to local interest group - Port Appin, Argyll and Bute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation to a local interest group about the Scotland's Rock Art project and the community co-production of research aspects of the project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of Scotland's rock art and the importance of community engagement and public awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to local interest group and general public 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation to a local interest group about the Scotland's Rock Art project and the community co-production of research aspects of the project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of Scotland's rock art and the importance of community engagement and public awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to representatives of Sites and Monuments Records, and Historic Environment Records, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A presentation and discussion on the methods and objectives of the Scotland's Rock Art project given to the heads of regional Scottish Sites and Monuments Records (SMRs) and Historic Environment Records (HERs) at the SMR Forum in Edinburgh. The event raised awareness of rock art, and provoked discussion on gathering and sharing data across the country.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to the Argyll Members Group, Angus 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation about the Scotland's Rock Art project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of rock art and its role in Scottish prehistory.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to the Association of Certified Field Archaeologists, Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Two 40 minute presentations about the Scotland's Rock Art project, and co-production of the research with audience members. The presentations were linked to the AGM for the group and were well attended. The presentations provoked questions and discussion about how members of the audience could be involved, what training was required, and what the next steps should be.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to the Bute Natural History and Historical Society, Isle of Bute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation about the Scotland's Rock Art project, and co-production of the research with audience members. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about how members of the audience could be involved, what training was required, and what the next steps should be.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to the Galson Trust, Isle of Lewis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation about the Scotland's Rock Art project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of rock art.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to the Inverary Historical Society, Argyll and Bute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation about the Scotland's Rock Art project, and co-production of the research with audience members. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about how members of the audience could raise awareness of rock art in their areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to the Kirkcudbright History Society, Dumfries and Galloway 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation about the Scotland's Rock Art project, and co-production of the research with audience members. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about how members of the audience could be involved, what training was required, and what the next steps should be.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to the North of Scotland Archaeology Society (NOSAS), Strafpeffer, Highland Region 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation about the Scotland's Rock Art project, and co-production of the research with audience members. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about how members of the audience could be involved, what training was required, and what the next steps should be.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to the Strachur and District Local History Society, Argyll and Bute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation about the Scotland's Rock Art project, and co-production of the research with audience members. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about how members of the audience could be involved, what training was required, and what the next steps should be.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to undergraduate and post-graduate students - Edinburgh University Archaeology Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation to Edinburgh University Archaeology Society about the Scotland's Rock Art Project, focusing on the methodologies and research objectives of the project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the importance of Scotland's rock art within a prehistoric context.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Radio interview with BBC Radio Scotland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Five minute interview broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland discussing rock art and community involvement in Dumfries and Galloway, and raising awareness of forthcoming training events and presentations for local communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Review workshop for ACFA Rock Art Community Teams, Albany Centre, Glasgow, October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Fifteen members of three rock art community teams drawn from the Association of Field Archaeologists (ACFA), were involved in a one day event in Glasgow to review their fieldwork progress and discuss their perceptions on rock art. The event was an important for identifying potential problems, providing refresher training, and motivating the teams.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Review workshop with Kirkcudbright and Whithorn Community Rock Art Teams, Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway, October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Eleven members of the Kirkcudbright and Whithorn rock art community teams were involved in a one day event in Whithorn, in collaboration with the Whithorn Trust, Dumfries and Galloway, to review their fieldwork progress and discuss their perceptions on rock art. The event was an important for identifying potential problems, providing refresher training, and motivating the teams.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Review workshop with NOSAS Community Rock Art team, Dingwall, September 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Twenty members of our partnership organisation, North of Scotland Archaeological Society, were involved in a two day event in Dingwall, Highland regions, to review their fieldwork progress and discuss their perceptions on rock art. The event was also attended by a South American archaeology PhD student who shared her experiences and thoughts on rock art. The event was an important for identifying potential problems, providing refresher training, and motivating the team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Scotland's Rock Art Project Research Workshop 1: Research Approaches to Rock Art, Edinburgh University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was the first of three 1-day discussion-led workshops organised by the Scotland's Rock Art on themes central to the project's work, during the course of the project. Over 35 academics and professional practitioners from institutions in Britain and Europe presented and/or participated in the debate in two sessions, focused on theoretical and digital approaches. The debates were wide-ranging and fertile, and participants expressed considerable interest in the content, and new insights into rock art research. The discussions were audio-recorded and summaries will be displayed shortly in downloadable format on the project website (www.rockart.scot).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Scotland's Rock Art Project Research Workshop 2: Heritage social value and community engagement, Edinburgh University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was the second of three 1-day discussion-led workshops organised by the Scotland's Rock Art on themes central to the project's work, during the course of the project. Over 35 academics, students and professional practitioners from institutions in Britain and Europe presented and/or participated in the debate in two sessions, focused on social value and community engagement. The debates were wide-ranging and fertile, and participants expressed considerable interest in the content, and new insights into rock art research. The discussions were audio-recorded and summaries will be displayed shortly in downloadable format on the project website (www.rockart.scot).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Social value focus group discussion, The Hub, Glasgow, June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Twelve members of five separate Community Rock Art Teams participated in a focus group discussion on social value of rock art, held at the Hub, Glasgow School of Art. The event used structured discussion techniques to captured people's views on rock art, heritage and community. It encouraged people to share their ideas and exchange knowledge, stimulating extensive discussion and new perspectives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Social value focus group, Rothesay, Bute, April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Twelve members of the Bute Rock Art Community Team participated in a focus group discussion on social value of rock art, held in Bute Museum, Rothesay. The event used structured discussion techniques to captured people's views on rock art, heritage and community. It encouraged people to share their ideas and exchange knowledge, stimulating extensive discussion and new perspectives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Social value interviews, Bute 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 12 members of two community teams participating in the Scotland's Rock Art Project contributed to interviews relating to their social values of prehistoric rock art, and how these have changed through their involvement with the project. Participants reported new perspectives on social value and its implications for heritage sustainability.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Social value interviews, Kilmartin 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact 13 students participated in interviews relating to their social values of prehistoric rock art. Students reported new perspectives on social value and its implications for heritage sustainability.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Strachur community training in rock art recording and 3D modelling 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 15 people attended this 2-day training session at Strachur which covered identifying and recording rock art, and creating digital 3D models of rock art panels. The training provided the methodological tools for attendees to start gathering rock art data and researching rock art in the local area around Strachur, Arrochar and the Cowal peninsula.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Strachur digital resources training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 12 members of the Strachur community group attended this 1 day workshop on uploading data to the rock art database. The training provided the methodological tools for attendees to start processing their field data and making it available for research and public interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Strachur social value workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 12 people attended this 1/2 day workshop in Strachur to evaluate social value of rock art and heritage. The workshop provoked discussion on how and why rock art is undervalued and poorly understood.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Summer Field School, Kilmartin, Argyll, July-August 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact A three-week rock art field school, primarily with undergraduate students, in Edinburgh and Kilmartin, Argyll. The objectives were to provide intensive training in field recording and 3D modelling of rock art, and to then apply these methods in gathering rock art data around Kilmartin in collaboration with the local community and Kilmartin Museum. Fourteen students and four professionals attended the field school, along with 10 members of the local community. The experience embedded new capacity, forged links between students and the local community, and raised awareness of the rock art more widely through social media and related publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to local interest group - Dumfries Archaeology and Natural History Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 50 minute presentation to a local interest group about the Scotland's Rock Art project and the community co-production of research aspects of the project. The presentation provoked considerable questions and discussion about the nature of Scotland's rock art and the importance of community engagement and public awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Training day in rock art field recording for local communities in south eastern Scotland, Callander September 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact One day training event for members of multiple communities in south east Scotland to develop skills and techniques necessary to record prehistoric rock art in the field. The event was run in collaboration with the Heritage Lottery Funded Callander Heritage Project. The twenty six people that attended the training have since gone on to develop their skills through practical experience of rock art recording, and to form two Community Rock Art teams.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Training in rock art identification and recording, Uist Community Archaeology Group, North Uist 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 15 members of the local interest group and Local Authority participated in this 1-day event to develop new skills for identifying and recording rock art. The event generated considerable interest in locating new rock art and understanding the prehistory of the Western Isles.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019