Scotland’s Rock Art Project (ScRAP) was the first major research project focusing on prehistoric rock art in Scotland. This five-year project, which ran from January 2017 to December 2021, was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). It was hosted by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), in collaboration with Edinburgh University’s School of History, Classics and Archaeology, and Glasgow School of Art’s School of Simulation and Visualisation. Throughout the project we worked closely with our project partners – Kilmartin Museum, Archaeology Scotland, and the North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS) – as well as with local communities, heritage professionals, and land managers across the country.
Our aim was to enhance understanding and awareness of Scotland’s prehistoric rock art through community co-production and research. We trained and supported twelve Community Teams to gather detailed information, including 3D models, on prehistoric carvings across Scotland. Over 1600 rock art panels were investigated and recorded. This information enabled us to study the rock art, and to raise local, national and international awareness of the carvings.
You can search the records produced by our Community Teams using our database and map search tools. Records created by Community Teams have also been deposited with the National Record of the Historic Environment of Scotland (Canmore), and regional Historic Environment Records (HERs), where they are permanently accessible to everyone for research, education, heritage management, and general interest.
This project was inspired by the work of dedicated British rock art enthusiasts and researchers. It builds on the experience of community-led rock art recording projects in England (Northumberland and Durham Rock Art Project and Carved Stones Investigations: Rombalds Moor), and on carved stone research in Scotland.
Our 2021 survey clearly demonstrates that our work has already made a significant difference to people's views on rock art. You can see the results of our ScRAP April 2021 Survey here.
Scotland's Rock Art Project was an ambitious research-led project co-produced with communities across the country, and involved a number of specialists, institutions, and partners. Find out about us in this section.
Scotland's Rock Art Project was developed by a small team of specialists with many years of experience in this field. Find out more about our specialists, their work, and their expertise.
Public engagement lay at the heart of Scotland's Rock Art Project, and our research was informed by the work of our dedicated Community Teams. You can find out more about our Teams on this page!
Our database contains records for all known prehistoric rock art in Scotland. If you are a member of the public, student, heritage professional, researcher, or enjoy roaming the countryside in search of rock art, this is a good place to find out more.
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.