Our database contains records of all known prehistoric rock art panels (carved rocks) in Scotland. It includes up-to-date information from Canmore (the National Monuments Record for the Historic Environment of Scotland), regional Historic Environment Records (HERs), and private archives. You can search for rock art anywhere in Scotland using our Map Search and Database search tools.
During the project, new information will be added to the existing records, and newly discovered panels will be included in the database. In the early stages of the project, you will not be able to search for specific rock art features (such as different motif types), as this information has not yet been collected.
Panels that have been recorded appear as a light blue dots on the rock art map, whereas unrecorded panels are shown as dark blue dots. We are finding that some panels originally recorded as rock art are either natural or another type of human-made feature. These show as faint blue dots. In some cases, we are not able to find the rock art at all, and these panels are shown as white dots on our map.
Over the next few years, as more and more details and images will are recorded and become publicly accessible, we will introduce an Advanced Search function for the database.
The database will continue to be publicly accessible after the end of the Scotland's Rock Art Project in December 2021, but it will probably not be possible to add new records after that date.
Scotland's Rock Art Project is an ambitious research-led project co-produced with communities across the country, and involving a number of specialists, institutions, and partners. Find out about us in this section!
Scotland's Rock Art Project is a five-year project working with local communities to record, research and raise awareness of prehistoric carvings in Scotland, using detailed recording methods and 3D digital modelling techniques.
Public engagement is at the heart of Scotland's Rock Art Project, and our research is informed by the work of our dedicated Community Teams. You can find out more about our Teams on this page!
Our Blog is the voice of our Community Teams. This is where you can find out more about their involvement with the project, their work, and their discoveries, in their own words.
If you would like to join our project or if you simple have a burning question about rock art, don't hesitate to contact us. Find our details on this page!