ScARF

ScARF
Very pleased to find a copy of Telling Scotland’s Story in my latest mailing from the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. The front cover of this nicely produced booklet is shown above.

Telling Scotland’s Story has been issued to accompany the launch of ScARF, the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework, a major new resource based on collaboration between people from different fields. The booklet is available as a free download from the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland website, which also gives a neat overview of what ScARF is about:

Experts from a wide range of disciplines are pooling their skills and knowledge in a bid to piece together a comprehensive record of Scotland’s past. Archaeologists, historians, scientists and specialists in climatology and the natural sciences hope that by bringing their research and data together in one place, they’ll be able, eventually, to map out the history of Scotland in its entirety…… Collaborating for the first time through The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF), this research community expects to uncover new stories of Scotland’s past and solve mysteries that have continued to elude explanation.

These aims are set out more formally in a mission statement:

The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF) will endeavour:
i) To identify the topics within Scottish archaeology that offer opportunities for the highest quality of research.
ii) To seek the assistance of, and to assist, all sectors of the archaeological community – e.g. academic, governmental, museum-based, commercial and voluntary – to identify and fulfil the research needs essential to the development of Scottish archaeology.
iii) To assist the wider community, including corporate bodies and government, to understand and appreciate the rich opportunities afforded by, and the potential of, Scottish archaeology
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Read the rest of the ScARF mission statement here.

Telling Scotland’s Story is presented in an eye-catching way, in the style of a graphic novel. It gives vivid snapshots of a small selection of recent archaeological stories, ranging from prehistoric ‘Frankenstein mummies’ in the Outer Hebrides to fifteenth-century Scottish mercenaries in Sweden. It’s a fascinating publication in its own right, as well as being an imaginative introduction to ScARF. Web freebies don’t come much better than this!

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Links:

ScARF: The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework
Telling Scotland’s Story (free download from the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland)
Society of Antiquaries of Scotland website

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