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Discovery and Excavation in Scotland - Online
The ADS and the Council for Scottish Archaeology are pleased to announce the online release of Discovery and Excavation in Scotland 1947-2001:

Discovery and Excavation in Scotland (DES) is an established annual journal, published by the Council for Scottish Archaeology (CSA), which records all fieldwork undertaken and discoveries made in Scotland during the preceding year. It is a critical resource for archaeological research, and is unique in Europe. This release of digitised versions is the result of a major project to scan the complete run of DES, from the earliest typescripts in 1947 onwards, it was generously funded by the Russell Trust and produced with the support and assistance of the Archaeology Data Service.

These volumes, available together for the first time, are a significant resource for all those interested in the archaeology of Scotland as well as the development of the discipline itself over more than fifty years.

Regards, Stuart.

"No job worth doing was ever done on time or under budget.."
For really I think that the poorest he that is in England hath a life to live, as the greatest he
Thomas Rainborough 1647
Good news, as you can't get hold of it unless you're a CSA member.
I tell you what I really liked about this facility...

I was able last night to read a summary of the first ever excavation I worked on, many years ago somewhere close to Perth, and actually discover after all this time what it was, that I was meant to understand at the time.

And of course the memories of all those good folk that worked there (I can't really believe that we were entertained solely by take-away Tennants and a sum total of 2 LPs, Marquee Moon and the first Damned album....)

After all these years I finally feel I have completed something missing from my life. A big thankyou to CSA and ADS....
Fantastic resource, and difficult to believe that this has been done in Scotland since 1947, while England (where I work) hasn't even started.

I haven't looked up my own contributions in the '90s yet, but I have opened up the very first report and had a quick look through - full of names to conjure with (both sites and people). Childe, Piggot, St Joseph, Bersu, etc etc...

Truly we stand on the shoulders of giants.


to let, fully furnished
Could it be done in England? There are some counties that do this already through the local journal (e.g. Norfolk Archaeology) but is there just too much to collate it all each year?
Try the Archaeological Investigations Project web page, where you can view summaries of fieldwork undertaken across England since 1990. You can search by area, feature type, year etc.

The web page is:

Ok, I accept the AIP is a good resource, but (and I naively ask) does this project offer anything that is different from OASIS (which I noticed was a partner anyway). Also, isnt it just a database really and there is no front end output (i.e. narrative summaries with choice plans, photo's and drawings)? I would like to see one of those coming from EH!

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