Rock Art Bute (RAB)


Being an island community archaeology has always played an important part of the social activities on Bute.  The late, well known local archaeologist, Miss Dorothy Marshall, left a legacy that many of us continue to pursue today.

When the opportunity arose for us to become involved in the Scotland’s Rock Art project we were excited to be able to participate.  Buteshire Natural History Society has a proud history of being involved in projects outwith the island which gives us the opportunity to promote both the island and its archaeology.  This project is no different and, under the auspices of the newly named Bute Museum and Natural History Society, we are looking forward to adding to our local knowledge as well as promoting Bute’s rock art image to a wider audience.

Our current team have a mixed level of interests.  Some of our group are more interested in learning about the photographic side of the project, whilst many of us are happy to increase our local knowledge of Bute’s archaeology, and, in particular to locate and photograph the current known sites of cup and ring marks, as well as recording any new discoveries along the way.




Members of the Bute team

Community Teams

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!

Edinburgh, Lothians and Fife (ELF)

Find out about what motivates the ELF (Edinburgh, Lothians and Fife) Team by visiting their profile here. 

North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS)

NOSAS members are active across the North of Scotland and as a group have a diverse range of knowledge and expertise. This experience includes the execution of a regional project recording rock art in Ross-shire. Members have been actively involved in the Scotland's Rock Art Project since it started and have significantly contributed to it's development. NOSAS are primarily based in Highland region, but are active throughout Northern Scotland.

ACFA (Association of Certificated Field Archaeologists)

ACFA members are certified archaeologists from the University of Glasgow, involved in a number of archaeological projects. They are currently divided in three rock art teams covering the Clyde, Lanarkshire and Ayrshire. Read about their interests here. 

Kirkcudbright Team (Dumfries and Galloway)

Meet the Kirkcudbright Team and read about their interests and why they are involved in ScRAP! 

Whithorn Team (Dumfries and Galloway)

Find out about what motivates the Whithorn Team from Dumfries and Galloway by visiting their profile here. 


The Strachur group was the first team to be trained in order to undertake rock art recording fieldwork for ScRAP. Learn about their interests and motivation to collaborate with ScRAP here.