Regional Research Framework


In 2022 the Trust completed the Perth and Kinross Archaeological Research Framework (PKARF), designed to complement the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF). The aim of the framework was to assess existing knowledge of past activity through the archaeological record, identify knowledge gaps and to establish research priorities to inform and guide future research (whether developer, academic or community led). The idea was to do this by publishing period-by-period chapters summarising existing knowledge and then suggesting questions for future research. These chapters were peer reviewed before being put through public consultation and finally being published for free public access.

Project Aims

Before the project was begun we set out clear aims and priorities. The aim of Perth and Kinross Archaeological Research Framework was:

To create a regional framework that is relevant and functional, helping to make the historic environment a value adding resource which enriches people’s lives and strengthens communities through sense of place, identity and education.

Key Priorities

The project had three key priorities. These were:

1. Produce period-by-period chapters that assist in identifying research priorities for commercial development management work, university students, and community-led projects.

2. Publish concise summaries of current knowledge with defined research priorities to underpin future work

3. Raise awareness of the historic environment & encourage public engagement with it

To view all PKARF chapters navigate the ScARF page here:

Project Funders
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