The South East Scotland Archaeological Research Framework (SESARF) is now under development covering Edinburgh City, Midlothian, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders. The Research Framework, being led by the South East Scotland Archaeology Partnership and project managed by Wessex Archaeology, will be designed to tie in with and complement the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF) which was established in 2012.

SESARF is being developed in acknowledgement that regional research frameworks will make a useful contribution to archaeology across Scotland for anyone interested in obtaining a current overview of each region. As such SESARF will reflect the current state of knowledge in South East Scotland encompassing all time periods and specialised areas of interest and will also consider where there are gaps in the knowledge how we can move forward to fill these gaps and establish research agendas.
To include as many viewpoints and stakeholders with an interest in the archaeology of South East Scotland as possible, a series of workshops will run throughout the course of the project, targeted at different sectors of the archaeological community. These workshops will be an opportunity to establish key themes and discuss the future direction of SESARF. The first workshops are being run at the end of October 2017 in Edinburgh.

Sign up for SESARF Workshops

In order to establish key themes and elements for inclusion within the Research Framework a series of workshops have been scheduled to focus on different groups and sectors within the archaeological community.
The aim of these workshops is to be as inclusive as possible and to allow everyone with an interest in the archaeology and heritage of the region to have an input in the Research Framework. We also want to establish a Working Group who will commit to providing specific content and expertise over the next 18 months or so. We are particularly keen on welcoming early career researchers to contribute to the framework.
The workshops will each be one-day events broken into two sessions, that of Looking Backwards to discuss what the known archaeological and heritage of the areas are and then Looking Forwards sessions to consider what we would like to focus research for the areas on.

The dates and target audience for each of these days are listed below:


Monday 23 October
  • Commercial Archaeology Units
  • Consultants
  • Academia/Higher Education
Wednesday 25 October
  • Museums, Attractions
  • Conservation and
  • Curatorial Bodies
Tuesday 31 October 
  • Community
  • Volunteer
  • Avocational

The workshops are free to attend with tea, coffee and lunch provided at The Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House in the heart of the City Centre. To reserve your space at the relevant workshop please follow this link. We look forward to seeing you there!

Full details of the venue can be found here.

Further events will be held in 2018 for the delivery of SESARF.