Regional Research Framework

About PKARF

The Trust is in the process of completing the Perth and Kinross Archaeological Research Framework (PKARF), designed to complement the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF).

The aim is 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 project has been delayed due to Covid-19, however we aim to have the chapters completed by the end of March 2022, however it is likely there is continued refinement over the following 6 months.

Aims:

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:

  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;

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

Progress:

PKARF Chapter Status Next Final
Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Public consultation until end Jan 2022 Published by end Feb 2022
Neolithic  Public consultation until end Jan 2022 Published by end Feb 2022
Chalcolithic and Bronze Age In final draft with author Public consultation until end Feb 2022 Published by end March 2022
Iron Age Peer review until end Jan 2022 Public consultation until end Feb 2022 Published by end March 2022
Early Medieval In final draft with author Peer review until mid-March 2022 Public consultation April 2022
Medieval In final draft with author Peer review until mid-March 2022 Public consultation April 2022
Post Medieval and Modern In preparation Peer review until mid-March 2022 Public consultation April 2022
Env and Science In final draft with author Public consultation until end Feb 2022 Published by end March 2022

Project Funders

PKARF is funded by Historic Environment Scotland, through the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, as part of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy. It addresses aspects of Aims 1-4 of the Strategy, delivering specifically on Objective 2.1 of the Delivery Plan.

 

Contributing to:

PKARF Introductory Video

Help Frame Future Research in Perth and Kinross

We are seeking to involve as many different stakeholders and users as possible in the production of the Framework.

The first draft chapters, which include regional overview and research agenda, have entered the final phase of production and are now available for public consultation.

If you would like to contribute or are interested in reviewing the drafts, download our Mesolithic Chapter and Neolithic Chapter and send your feedback to [email protected]

Please note, these are working drafts – HER numbers and figures will be added before final publication.

Help Frame Future Research in Perth and Kinross

We are seeking to involve as many different stakeholders and users as possible in the production of the Framework.

The first draft chapters, which include regional overview and research agenda, have entered the final phase of production and are now available for public consultation.

If you would like to contribute or are interested in reviewing the drafts, download our Mesolithic Chapter and Neolithic Chapter and send your feedback to [email protected]

Please note, these are working drafts – HER numbers and figures will be added before final publication.

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