Scotland’s Rock Art Project (ScRAP) is the first major research project focusing on prehistoric rock art in Scotland. This five-year project, which started in January 2017, is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). It is 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 are working 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 is to enhance understanding and awareness of Scotland’s prehistoric rock art through community co-production and research. We are training and supporting community teams to gather detailed information on prehistoric carvings across Scotland. This information will help 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 at the top of the page. The amount of information available will grow during the project as the Teams gather more data. Records created by Community Teams will also form part of the National Record of the Historic Environment of Scotland (Canmore), and regional Historic Environment Records (HERs), where it will be permanently accessible to everyone for research, education, heritage management, and general interest.
This project has been 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.
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!
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 database contains records for all known prehistoric rock art in Scotland. If you are part of a Community Team, a 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.
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!